Writing Center Workshops

The Writing Center offers a variety of workshops you can attend for free with topics ranging from grammar issues to reading tips and research papers. There's no need to sign up--just show up at the workshop you're interested in! Have a question about a particular workshop? Call our front desk at (760) 795-6861.

Fall 2017 Writing Center Workshops

ESL Workshop Series
Select Wednesdays from 1:00-1:30pm in OC 1202 (inside the Library)

Come join a Writing Center Coach every Wednesday to learn about reading, writing, and grammar issues with a small group in fun, informal 30 minute sessions. These sessions are the perfect opportunity for you to learn tips, review key concepts, and practice your English skills in a small-group setting. We look forward to seeing you there! All ESL students welcome. First come, first served: 15 person limit.

Run-ons & Fragments Explained: Sept. 6, Oct. 18, 1:00-1:30pm
Come join us for an explanation of run-on and fragmented sentences. We will show you how to spot them in your own writing and revise them into complete sentences, and give you time practice your new skills.

Sentence Types Review: Sept. 13, Nov. 15, 1:00-1:30pm
Compound, complex, compound-complex, oh my! The different types of sentences can be quite tricky to identify and construct. In this workshop, we will review the different types, provide helpful examples, and give you time to practice and receive feedback on your work.

Reading Tips: Sept. 20 , Nov. 8, 1:00-1:30pm
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “how can I become a stronger reader?” then this is the workshop for you. Come join us to learn tips to improve your reading comprehension.

Writing & Revising Tips: Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 1:00-1:30pm
Understand the difference between revising and editing, and know where to go for different kinds of helps.

Culture Circle: Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, 1:00-1:30pm
Come learn about others’ cultures and tell us about your own! We’ll also talk about American “cultural norms” in regards to school, work, family, friends, or a similar topic.

Email Etiquette: Oct. 11, 1:00-1:30pm
Emails can be difficult. What do you say? How do you address the receiver? How do you “sign off”? There are all these questions and more. Come join us to learn the basics of professional and academic email writing

"Just the Basics" Workshop Series
Select Tuesdays from 1:00-1:30pm in OC 1202 (inside the Library)

Thesis Statement and Narrowing a Topic: Sept. 5, Oct. 17, 1:00-1:30pm
Are you struggling to focus your paper and develop a thesis? In this workshop, the Writing Center will give you concrete steps for narrowing a topic and constructing a working thesis that allows you to move forward on any writing project.

Research to Writing: Sept. 12 & 19, Oct. 24 & 31 (OC1201), 1:00-1:30pm
Join the Library & Writing Center for a two-part presentation and discussion of the research to writing process. This workshop will be held in OC 1201.

Paragraph Development: Oct. 3, Nov. 14, 1:00-1:30pm
Has your professor told you to develop your argument? The best place to do so is in your body paragraphs. In this workshop, the Writing Center will share tips and tricks for developing complete and well-developed body paragraphs that flesh out your argument.

Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism: Sept. 26, Nov. 7, 1:00-1:30pm
What does that mean?? In this workshop, the Writing Center will demystify “plagiarism” and explain how to recognize and avoid it in your own writing.

Writing Anxiety: Oct. 10, Nov. 28, 1:00-1:30pm
Writer’s block happens to the best of us, but did you know that there are strategies for overcoming the block? The Writing Center has the answers! Come join us to learn how you can overcome your anxiety and make progress on your writing assignments.