CASA's Writing Center offers workshops on various topics. We can design a
workshop on a writing topic specific to your courses. Workshops can be held in
the classroom, but we would suggest a highly successful alternative to
traditional classroom: whole class visits to CASA's Writing Center.
To Request a Writing Workshop
Please email Noelle Ballmer with the
workshop you'd like for your students, the date and time, and the number of
Orientation to Writing Center Services 10 minutes
This brief workshop introduces students to the services and resources offered by
the CASA Writing Center. Writing Consultants show students how to register with
our online appointment system, discuss what students can expect during a writing
consultation, and demonstrate how to participate in an online writing
consultation. We recommend this introductory workshop to all classes as a simple
way to introduce students to the services we offer as well as the Writing
Consultants who staff our center.
Introduction to APA 50 minutes
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to the basics of APA style
formatting and documentation. It focuses on the most basic elements of APA
style: formatting, abstract, headings, references, and citation of sources
within the text. The workshop is both informative and interactive, as it invites
students to apply what they are learning about APA through guided practice with
Introduction to MLA 50 minutes
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to the basics of MLA style
formatting and documentation. It focuses on the most basic elements of MLA
style: formatting, works cited, and citation of sources within the text. The
workshop is both informative and interactive, as it invites students to apply
what they are learning about MLA through guided practice with Writing
Strategies for Effective Revision 20 minutes + activity with student
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to global and local
strategies for revision they can apply when revising their own work or
participating in peer review. It offers students questions they can use during
the revision process. The workshop also introduces students to the concept of
peer review, emphasizes its value, and offers suggestions for giving and
receiving effective peer feedback. Following the workshop, students are asked to
switch papers with a peer and apply the Peer Review process as Writing
Consultants answer questions.
Plagiarism and Misuse of Sources 30 minutes + student
The purpose of this workshop is to clearly define for students what plagiarism
is and show them the different types of plagiarism. The workshop also emphasizes
the importance of correctly using sources in one’s own writing and offers
examples of how to quote, paraphrase, or summarize sources within their own
writing. At the conclusion of the workshop, students are asked to identify types
of plagiarism in a guided activity.
Strategies for Successful College-Level Writing 50 minutes
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to the resources available
to them on campus through the CASA Writing Center and offer them strategies for
how to approach college-level writing assignments. The workshop briefly
discusses the expectations of college-level writing, offers tips for approaching
and managing writing projects, and explores elements of the writing process.
Introduction to Multimodal Presentations 30 minutes
This workshop introduces students to what a multimodal presentation is and shows
them some of the available software options available. The workshop focuses on
elements of visual rhetoric and emphasizes the importance of professionalism and
style in creating a multimodal presentation.
Literature Review 30 minutes + student activity
Although a literature review can vary depending on the discipline, this workshop
introduces students to the basic characteristics and purpose of this genre. This
workshop emphasizes the importance of the literature review within academia,
reveals its purpose as a piece of writing or as a section of larger
work, and offers students strategies for researching, organizing, and
discussing sources. During the workshop, students are provided with a
research matrix template and asked to apply their own research topic.
Ethnography: Research Methods 50 minutes
Designed to introduce students to ethnographic research methods, this
workshop breaks these methods down to their most basic elements:
selecting a location, fieldwork – observation and data collection, data
analysis, and report writing. The workshop also offers various models
and examples to help students understand how ethnographic research
methods are incorporated into popular representations of communities.
Integrating Sources/Evidence 30 minutes + student activity
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to the importance
of using sources both effectively and correctly within their writing.
The workshop introduces students to why we use sources in academic
writing as well as how to research and use credible sources within
their own writing. It explains the difference between integrating a
paraphrase and a quotation and additionally offers students strategies
for effectively and correctly integrating sources into their own
writing. At the conclusion of the workshop, students are asked to apply
what they have learned to their own writing.
Résumé 20 minutes + guided student work
This workshop introduces students to the options available to them when
composing their résumé. Writing Consultants will guide students through
formatting options and discuss how to compose sections for a résumé.
The workshop includes various samples and examples of résumé s as well
as helpful guidelines for students. Following the workshop, students
are encouraged to work on drafts of their résumés while Writing
Consultants answer questions and offer feedback.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) 20 minutes + guided student
This workshop introduces students to the major elements of a curriculum
vitae (CV). Although there is not a universal CV format, we offer
students general guidelines to follow when composing this document. The
workshop focuses on the most common categories listed in a CV and
includes samples of CVs from different disciplines. Following the
informative workshop, students will be given the opportunity to work on
their own CV as Writing Consultants offer feedback and answer
Introduction to Scientific Writing 20 minutes
This workshop is designed to introduce students to the general
characteristics of scientific writing. It focuses on the use of concise
language, active vs. passive voice, verb tense, and the general
structure (IMRAD) of a scientific paper.
Annotated Bibliography (APA or MLA) 20 minutes
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to what an
annotated bibliography is and offer them suggestions for how to write
and format this document. It emphasizes the importance of drafting and
revising annotations as well as the fact that every annotated
bibliography should be created according to instructor expectations.
Strategies for Research Writing 30 minutes
As a general introduction to the research process, this workshop goes
through the process of finding a topic, researching, documenting, and
annotating sources, developing a research proposal, and beginning the
Poster Presentations for Sciences 20 minutes + student
This workshop shows students how to transfer their scientific research
into a professional poster presentation. It introduces students to the
general expectations of professional posters, such as font, images,
layout, and citing sources. Following the workshop, students are
provided with a template to design and plan their own scientific
Strategies for Extended Writing Projects 20 minutes
This workshop is intended for students beginning work on an extended
writing project, such as a thesis, dissertation, or published work. It
offers helpful suggestions for planning, staying on track while
writing, and revising.