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Workshops

The Writing Center Workshop Series provides specialized seminars for small groups on various writing topics. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend any of our scheduled workshops, or request a workshop tailored for a specific course or study group. To request a workshop, please contact Adam Larson, Writing Center Coordinator.

Previous workshops include:

Get the Edge on Admission: Medical School Personal Statements
Learn effective strategies for writing medical school personal statements, and get started on yours in a supportive workshop environment.

Writing about Literature
Not sure where to start when writing about novels, short stories, plays or poetry? Discover what makes literary essays unique, and learn practical techniques for developing a critical perspective and structuring a literary argument. Designed specifically for students in Foundation and the First Year Writing Seminar.

Thesis Statements that Stick
What makes a thesis statement strong? What is the role of the thesis statement in developing a critical argument? Find out in this informative and interactive workshop!

Flash Fiction
Flash fiction is a short, intense form of storytelling. This workshop explores the primary elements of flash fiction, and provides an opportunity to produce and share a fictional work of less than 500 words.

Crafting Effective Introductions
Not sure how to introduce your ideas? This workshop presents a number of practical strategies to peak your readers’ interest and transition them smoothly into your main argument.

Developing Persuasive Arguments
Have you ever had an amazing idea, but you weren’t sure how to develop it? Discover concrete techniques for transforming your ideas and intuitions into coherent, well-structured arguments.

Writing Killer Conclusions
You’ve finished your paper, but now what? This workshop introduces strategies for synthesizing and summing up your writing in a way that leaves your readers energized.

The Art of Scientific Abstract Writing
How do you write an abstract that clearly conveys the critical importance of your research? How do you decide what to include and what to leave out? This workshop focuses on improving the clarity and conciseness of your abstracts. It is of particular interest to members of WCM-Q’s research community, and anyone with a general interest in technical and scientific writing.