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In-Class Workshops

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You might consider using more than one workshop in a class, especially if you are interested in the thesis statement workshop. It can be paired really well with almost all our other workshops.Faculty in the past have found scheduling more than one workshop has been exponentially useful for their students.

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Early in the Writing Process

Writing As Process: Handling Writers Block & Making Time To Write (50 to 75 minutes)

This workshop explores two of the major impediments to strong writing: the physical and mental manifestations of writer’s block as well as the struggle to spread writing out over a long period of time. Students will assess their writing process and create their own strategies for breaking through what is keeping them from writing.

Useful for: graduate level classes; instructors wanting their students to learn how to quit writing at the last minute.

Brainstorming: The Cycle of Generating an Electric Idea (50-75 Minutes)

This workshop is ideal for the first two weeks of a writing assignment. It breaks down several myths about writing in order to aid students in their thinking process. After discussing what it means to have and develop a ‘good idea,’ students will engage in writing activities geared to start them on their writing project.

Middle of the Writing Process

Developing a Thesis Statement (50 minutes)

Writers learn how to craft a thesis statement around a narrow topic and stance and then refine it by brainstorming document content.

Useful for: everyone! Always. With this one it is important to tell us where they are in the research/writing process, as well as how you define/evaluate a good thesis statement.

Building Strong Paragraphs (50 to 75 minutes)

Participants learn how to write clear topic sentences and to revise paragraphs for unity, coherence, and adequate development. Writers also practice using transitions and signposts within and between paragraphs.

Developing Research Skills: Voice and Framing Strategies (50 to 75 minutes)

Students often struggle to comprehend the different ways they can use research to support their main idea. This workshop begins with helping students find their voice as writers, then builds on this to help them understand how they can interact with sources in order to make better choices about how they frame and discuss research.

Re-seeing a Draft

Responding to Peers' Writing (50-75 Minutes)

This workshop prepares writers to respond to peers’ writing through a demonstration of effective feedback practices followed by a peer response session.

Faculty should make grading rubrics available before this workshop.

Revising a Draft (50-75 Minutes)

Writers explore the differences between revision and editing and the importance of both in the writing process. They learn revision techniques and then revise their own work.


Writing a Literature Review (50 minutes)

During the workshop, writers learn to incorporate sources into a focused review of the literature for a specific research project.

Faculty should make evaluation criteria available before this workshop.

Creating Poster Presentations (50 minutes)

Participants follow a four-step process to create informative and visually appealing posters for class or conference purposes.

Writing in APA Style (50 Minutes)

Writers are introduced to the rationale behind APA Style. Discussion topics include integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing and direct quotations, in-text citations, and reference lists.

Writing in MLA Style (50 Minutes)

Writers are introduced to the rationale behind MLA Style. Discussion topics include integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing and direct quotations, in-text citations, and works cited lists.

Writing in Chicago Style (50 Minutes)

Writers are introduced to the rationale behind Chicago Style. Discussion topics include integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing and direct quotations, in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies.

Custom Workshops

Do none of the above fit your goals for your students? We can create a workshop specific to a course project. Please contact Terese Thonus at 785-864-2398 or at

Workshops for the Graduate Classroom

Instructors may request any workshop for their graduate-level classroom. However, the workshops listed below are particularly appropriate for graduate students and were created with them in mind.

Abstracts (60 minutes)

This workshop explores how to highlight a work's significance and attract readers through the CPR method of abstract writing. It teaches writers how to outline the context (C) of their research, explain the problem (P) the research addresses, and to articulate how the research is a response (R) to this problem.

Academic Job Search Materials (60 minutes)

This workshop provides advanced graduate students with guidance on how to write an academic cover letter, teaching statement, and research statement. It also covers how to choose an appropriate writing sample and where to find online and on-campus resources when writing job applications. This workshop is most appropriate for students who are on the academic job market and who are interested in post docs and/or tenure track positions.

American Academic Writing for International Students (60-75 minutes)

This workshop introduces students to 10 general principles of American academic writing (directness, topic development, transition signaling, etc.) and briefly discusses plagiarism. It concludes with hands-on activities using sample texts. This workshop is most appropriate for newly arrived international students who have little experience with writing for an American academic audience.

APA Citation and Style Guide: Graduate Level (60 minutes)

This workshop teaches students the basics of the APA citation style at the graduate level. It covers areas such as formatting, in-text citations, the references page, citing websites, and where to find helpful APA resources. This workshop is most appropriate for graduate students new to the APA citation style.

Beating Writers Block and Creating Effective Writing Habits (40 minutes)

This workshop offers tips for creating writing routines, advice for establishing effective writing habits, and offers suggestions for ways to combat writer's block.

Creating Research Posters (60 minutes)

This workshop teaches students about the elements of an effective, streamlined, and engaging research poster.

From Presentation to Paper (40-60 minutes)

This workshop helps students transform an in-class or conference presentation into an academic paper.

Grant Writing (60-75 minutes)

This workshop introduces students to steps in the grant writing process, guidelines for effective grant writing, and grant writing resources. It can focus on research proposals (common in academia), on problem grants (common in the non-profit world), or on both. Please note that this workshop does NOT cover how to find funding sources. Contact Graduate Studies for a separate workshop on this topic.

Literature Reviews (60 minutes)

This workshop discusses different types of literature reviews, ways to structure them, how to keep track of sources, and tips for the writing process. This workshop is most useful for graduate students early in their career who are not familiar with a literature review.

Publishing Journal Articles (60-75 minutes)

This workshop focuses on how to target appropriate journals and how to tailor an article accordingly. It also covers the submission process, journal decisions, and possible reasons for rejection. It includes a short hands-on activity.


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