Spring 2021 Workshops and Roundtables

In the RWC, you will find workshops and roundtables on specific writing, research, and presentation issues for UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE students. FACULTY are also welcome to join the conversation.

All workshops are conducted in Central Time via Zoom. Click on the registration link to register for the workshops you would like to attend. You will receive an email confirmation once you complete the registration. On the day of the workshop, you will receive an email from the Richard Wright Center with information about how to join and participate in the online workshop. You must register at least 6 hours in advance to receive the email.

Workshops for Undergraduate Students

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Getting Started on Your Writing Assignment     Jan 28, 3:00–3:45 pm | Feb 10, 3:00–3:45 pm

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

English Proficiency Exam Preparation     Feb 2, 1:00-2:00 pm | Feb 3, 3:00-4:00 pm

This workshop is for students who have signed up for the Undergraduate English Proficiency Exam. We will review strategies for overcoming anxiety and for writing a well-organized essay within a limited time. Can’t make it to the workshop? This handout might help you prepare to write under pressure. You can also go to Purdue OWL for strategies for writing essay exams. For INFO about the EXAM, contact Dr. Rosella Houston, rosella.l.houston@jsums.edu, 601.979.2616.

Finding and Using Credible Sources     March 10, 3:00–3:45 pm

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     March 15, 3:00–3:45 pm

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

Tailoring Your Speech to Fit Your Audience     March 22, 3:00–3:45 pm

Facilitator: Randrika Henderson, Instructor of Speech

In this workshop, we will discuss how to identify your audiences’ needs, interests, and expectations and make your speech resonate with your listeners.

Writing a Personal Statement     March 24, 3:00–3:45 pm

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

Make Your Paper Flow     March 31, 3:00–3:45 pm | April 7, 3:00–3:45 pm

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

Your Tone Matters     Apr 12, 3:00-3:45 pm

Facilitator: Randrika Henderson, Instructor of Speech

This workshop focuses on choosing the right tone for your presentation to enhance your message and keep your audience engaged.

Workshops for Graduate Students

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If you are interested in taking the 8-week Course “Writing in Graduate School,” please contact Dr. Tatiana Glushko at tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu.

Strategies for Writing in Graduate School     Jan 27, 5:30-6:30 pm

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.

Thesis and Dissertation Roundtables     Feb 17 | March 17 | Apr 21    5:30-6:30 pm

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

Graduate English Competency Exam Preparation     Feb 24, 12:00-1:00 pm | Feb 25, 5:00-6:00 pm

This workshop is for students who have signed up for the Graduate English Competency Exam (ENG 599). We will review strategies for overcoming anxiety and for writing a well-developed essay within a limited time. Can’t make it to the workshop? This handout might help you prepare to write under pressure. You can also go to Purdue OWL for strategies for writing essay exams. For INFO about the EXAM, contact Dr. Rosella Houston, rosella.l.houston@jsums.edu, 601.979.2616.

If you would like to schedule an online meeting for a small group to discuss a writing, presentation, or research issue, please contact Dr. Tatiana Glushko, tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu, (601) 979-0694.