Workshops

The Richard Wright Center (RWC) offers a variety of workshops and other opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty to support them in practicing and developing their communication skills and meeting their academic and professional goals.

Scheduled Workshops an Events

Watch out for announcements from JSU Wright Center and JSU Public Relations in your JSU email box for upcoming workshops and events. For virtual workshops, a Zoom link will be sent out two days prior to each workshop.

Welcome Series

Writing Groups

RWC Block Party

August 24, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. H.T. Sampson Library Patio

Fun, music, and food! Learn more about the Richard Wright Center, how you can benefit from using it regularly, and how you can become a peer writing advisor or take advantage of other employment opportunities in the center.

Getting Started on Your Writing Assignment

August 31, 3:00–3:45 p.m. CDT, virtually via Zoom 

Discuss how to meet instructors’ expectations for college writing assignments and how to plan and organize your work on a paper and avoid procrastination. This workshop is intended for undergraduate students, but graduate students are welcome to attend.

Writing in Graduate School

September 1, 5:00–6:00 p.m. CDT, virtually via Zoom

This workshop focuses on common challenges that graduate students experience in their writing. We will discuss expectations for writing at the graduate level and offer strategies that might help you meet those expectations. The workshop is recommended to students in their first semester of graduate school.

Thesis and Dissertation Roundtable

Wednesdays, September 14 | October 19 | November 16, virtually via Zoom

5:00–6:00 p.m. CDT

In these monthly informal conversations about thesis and dissertation writing, you will have an opportunity to discuss writing conventions in your field, plan your research and writing process, and receive feedback on your ideas from experts and peers. Each discussion is tailored to the participants’ needs.

An email with a Zoom link will be sent to your JSU email address two days before each roundtable. If you do not receive an email, please contact Dr. Glushko at tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu.

Workshops Upon Request

To request a workshop for your class, student organization, or study group, or to suggest future workshops, please send an email to Dr. Glushko at tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu. In the email, state the workshop topic, preferred date and time, location (virtually or in-person; for in-person workshops, include the building and room number), and expected number of participants. Please see suggested workshop topics below.

Academic Writing

Graduate and Professional Writing

Writing in the Disciplines

Getting Started on Your Writing Assignment

Discuss how to meet your instructor’s expectations for a writing assignment and how to plan and organize your work on a paper and avoid procrastination.

Finding and Using Credible Sources

When we write using credible sources, our readers (e.g., instructors, peers) are more likely to find our argument convincing. Learn how to identify and use reliable sources to support your argument or research

Citing and Documenting Sources

Discuss how to handle sources in your paper responsibly and avoid plagiarism.

Make Your Paper Flow

Learn how you can make your paper flow by using effective organization, transitions, sentence structure, and word choice. Your readers will appreciate it!

Writing a Personal Statement

Review strategies for writing effective personal statements for scholarships, internships, or graduate school applications.

Designing Visual Aids for Your Presentation

Discuss principles of visual design for creating compelling and accessible documents, handouts, and presentation slides.

Writing a Research Paper

Discuss issues related to writing a research paper, such as selecting and narrowing down your research topic, articulating the purpose and the research questions, and reviewing relevant sources and incorporating them into your paper.

Preparing a Poster Presentation

Learn about effective poster design and presentation strategies.

Writing and Wellness

Learn how writing can help you practice mindfulness and self-care, increase motivation, and improve your overall well-being.

Strategies for Writing in Graduate School

This workshop focuses on common challenges that graduate students experience in their writing. We will discuss expectations for writing at the graduate level and offer strategies that might help you meet those expectations. The workshop is recommended to students in their first semester of graduate school.

Developing a Research Proposal

Discuss key steps in choosing and articulating your research topic and developing a preliminary proposal for your study. Following these steps will allow you to (a) articulate research ideas that emerge from your interests and align with your research and career goals and (b) create a solid framework for a thesis or dissertation study.

Strategies for Critical Reading and Working with Sources

Discuss approaches to reading and writing from sources at the graduate level.

Writing a Thesis or Dissertation: Getting Started

Understand sections of a proposal and their purpose, discuss how to choose the topic and design the study, identify helpful resources for dissertation writing.

Writing the Literature Review

Discuss how to prepare to write a literature review, map and organize its structure, and write a cohesive narrative.

Developing a Theoretical Framework

Discuss how to approach developing a theoretical framework for your study and what strategies might help you along the way.

Grammar for Graduate and Professional Writing

Understand grammatical choices that experienced writers in your field use to express complex ideas clearly and concisely.

Writing and Designing Professional Documents

Based on your request, this workshop may focus on a specific genre, such as a CV, letter of intent, diversity statement, teaching philosophy, or letter of recommendation.

Writing for Publication

Contact us for more information at wonderful.faison@jsums.edu or tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu.

Writing Grant Proposals

Contact us for more information at wonderful.faison@jsums.edu or tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu.

Writing in the Disciplines

Request a workshop on writing conventions in your discipline or field. For example, we can facilitate a workshop on writing in sciences in general or on writing in civil engineering more specifically . Depending on your needs, we can discuss writing genres, style, rhetorical strategies, or documentation practices. Each workshop can be tailored to undergraduate or graduate students.