Workshops provide specific instruction regarding a variety of writing-related topics, from drafting to citation styles. These 30-45 minute sessions are available for undergraduate and graduate-level courses and student organizations at KU, conducted by trained writing consultants who seek to work with students at their point of need. Workshops are most valuable if students are working on a specific assignment at the time of the workshop.
NOTE: Many of our workshop titles and descriptions have been updated! Please read through all of our offerings below before making your selection.
Please read about our workshops and policies below before making your request. If you know which workshop you want to book, click the button below to make your request.
- Workshops can be requested from 8 am – 5 pm throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. We do our best to accommodate every request’s preferred date/time preferences; however, we will contact you if we’re unable to accommodate the requested time. If you want to request a workshop outside of our regular hours, please contact the Workshop Coordinators by emailing email@example.com.
- Workshops must be requested at least two weeks in advance.
- The requesting instructor must be present during the workshop. In our experience, students get the most out of presentations and workshops when their instructor is there to answer discipline- and assignment-specific questions, and to explain how the workshop is relevant to the class material. Please do not request a presentation for a day you will be absent, as we will be unable to give a workshop if you are not there.
- To get the most out of a presentation, students should bring materials to take notes. For revision and peer review workshops, they should have paper copies of their most recent drafts and writing utensils.
To accommodate online classes or classes in rooms with technology for online presentations, the KU Writing Center will offer online workshops via Zoom using the voice audio, video, and screen share functions. Once we have confirmed your time and date, instructors will be responsible for providing the Zoom link for online, synchronous workshops.
To schedule a Zoom meeting:
- Go to kansas.zoom.us
- Click sign in
- Click schedule a new meeting
- Set the date and time of the presentation or your normal class time
- Click save
- Copy and paste the meeting ID and passcode
- Paste the meeting ID and passcode into an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our available workshops are listed below, along with a short description. Please read through the descriptions below to select the most appropriate workshop(s) for your course.
Intro to the KU Writing Center (Class Visit)
This online presentation provides an overview of the KU Writing Center and how we can support student writing. It will cover the content we typically provide in our Class Visits. 10-15 minutes.
Intro to Academic Writing
This workshop is designed for new college students and considers the differences between high school and collegiate level writing. Topics include the importance of writing, creating good daily writing habits, and tips for meeting instructor expectations. Useful for: entry level Freshman, including UNIV 101, ENGL 101/102, and First-Year Experience Courses, and anyone new to the expectations of collegiate writing.ut it
This workshop provides a general overview of the importance of avoiding plagiarism and different reasons that it might occur. Students learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism and the differences between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting sources. As opposed to our style workshops, this workshop has a stricter focus on plagiarism issues and incorporates classroom activities on plagiarism. Useful for: undergraduate courses; writers new to American collegiate level writing. 45 minutes.
This workshop provides information on formatting, writing aspects in this style, and resources. Students will learn how properly paraphrase, summarize, and quote sources in MLA style, using in-text citations. Also, students will understand the steps of creating work cited page while using different types of sources (website, book, or peer-reviewed journal). Useful for: classes using MLA citation methods
This workshop teaches students the basics of the APA citation style. It covers areas such as formatting, in-text citations, the references page, citing websites, and where to find helpful APA resources. Useful for: classes using APA citation methods
The Writing Process
The Writing Process
This workshop discusses the stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, revision, and editing. Students will learn about time management, assess their writing process, and learn new strategies for the writing process. Useful for: undergraduate courses, entry level courses or courses assigning significant writing projects
Writing a Research Paper
This workshop is developed to help students learn how to use and write about research. The workshop discusses the research paper’s conventions and provides strategies for working with research in writing. Useful for: anyone conducting research and writing about it
Developing an Argument
The workshop is a general overview developed to help students learn how to present an argument in their papers. Students will understand different types of argument and claims. After developing an understanding of different types of arguments and claims, they will be able to craft their own original arguments for their papers. Students will also learn about thesis statements, what types of thesis statements exist, and how to create their own based on the assignment specifics. Students will practice writing a thesis statement around a narrow topic and refining it. Useful for: everyone!With this workshop, 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.
This workshop prepares writers to respond to peers’ writing through a demonstration of effective feedback practices followed by a peer response session facilitated by a workshop facilitator. Please note that faculty should make grading rubrics available before this workshop. Useful for: undergraduate or graduate classes; instructors who would like a consultant facilitated peer review session.
Revising a Draft
Writers explore the differences between revision and editing and the importance of both in the writing process. They then learn specific self-revision techniques and have an opportunity to revise their own work. Useful for: undergraduate or graduate classes; students with completed first drafts
Writing in New Genres
This presentation discusses how students can learn to write through examining the expectations of the types of writing that surround them, and gives them a system to think about new writing tasks. Useful for: courses where students are encountering new genres and writing in them
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.
Annotated Bibliographies explores the genre of annotated bibliography to create a useful research resource for themselves and others.
This workshop provides an understanding of the intent and format of personal statements. The session includes general advice on writing personal statements, as well as tips on prioritizing application materials. Students will then have an opportunity to work on developing and/or revising their own personal statements.
Writing a Literature Review
The workshop is designed to provide knowledge of the parts of a literature review. Students will understand what they should consider before writing and what strategies they can use. During the workshop, students will have a writing activity, as well as 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.