For the Spring 2016 semester, the Writing Center will present workshops to help you polish up your graduate admission essay, write your discussion board posts, and learn to work through any stage of the writing process. We are presenting a workshop series, "The APA Research Paper" which will break down the process of writing an APA style research paper.

Each workshop will be presented in the Academic Resource Center, B1215.
There is no pre-registration required. Just ask the receptionist for the specific room number. Below, you will find session descriptions, as well as date and time. Please call the Writing Center at (708) 235-7337 with any questions.

  • Finding Your Focus


    Finding exactly what you want to write about and understanding why you want to write about are both important. Putting that information into writing is a key part of a successful piece of writing. In this session, we will discuss arriving at and writing a focus statement.   

    Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM


  • Organizing Your Writing


    Shaping your writing in a way that is easy for the reader to follow will make your writing more effective. This workshop will help you determine where your own writing might "go off the path" and guide you toward organizing your work in the best manner possible. 


    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM



  • Supporting Your Ideas


    Giving your reader enough information to understand and believe what you are saying is very important. This workshop will discuss the elements of successful writing: giving definitions of specialized language, providing examples that make a point, and perhaps even relying on outside sources to support your work. 


    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM



  • Style and Mechanics


    One of the ways that readers determine that a writer is "reliable" and "educated" is grammatically correct writing. This workshop will provide methods for proofreading your work to find and correct these kinds of errors in your writing.  


    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM




  • The APA Research Paper: Getting Started


    Make a plan and make the grade! This workshop will show you how to find the resources that you need to write an almost stress-free research paper. Included will be discussions of analyzing the assignment to make certain your paper is on target; APA documentation styles and where to find the templates and information that make it so much easier; and the importance of developing a focus statement to make organizing the paper a snap. 
    Getting Started Powerpoint
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM

  • The APA Research Paper: Mastering APA Documentation Style


    From templates to make formatting a snap, crediting sources in your paper, to following rules about contractions, this workshop will help you navigate APA formatting and style. If APA makes you nervous, come to this workshop!
    APA Style Powerpoint
    Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM

  • The APA Research Paper: How to Use Your Sources without Plagiarizing: Paraphrasing without Pain


    This workshop will show you how to paraphrase your sources so that you don’t plagiarize, as well as show you how to credit each source properly. Included will be discussion of plagiarism and ways to make absolutely certain that you avoid it, and the easiest way to properly format your Reference Page.  
    Paraphrasing and Citing Powerpoint
    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM

  • The APA Research Paper: Finishing Touches


    Almost finished with the research paper, but not quite? This workshop will show you what to look for to make certain that you submit a winning paper; an editing checklist to show you what to look for and resources to provide knowledgeable revision suggestions will be offered.  
    Finishing Touches Powerpoint 


    Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM



  • Reflections, Critical Reviews, and Strong Discussion Posts


    Boost the power of your informal class writing with this workshop. Discussions of the resources available, plans for approaching the writing, and ways to power them up will lead to making your contributions really count. 
    Writing Strong Discussion Board Posts, Reflections, Critical Reviews, and Essays Powerpoint


    Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM

  • Winning Essays for Scholarships and Graduate Admission


    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay. Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the "dos and don'ts" for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one on one help during the process.


    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM'
    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00PM