For the Fall 2015 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

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    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, September 22, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     

  • Organizing Your Writing

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    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, September 29, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

       

     

  • Supporting Your Ideas

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    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, October 6, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



     

     

  • Style and Mechanics

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    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, October 13, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
     

     

     

  • The APA Research Paper: Getting Started

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    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
     
    Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
     

  • The APA Research Paper: Mastering APA Documentation Style

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    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
     
    Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
     

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

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    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
     
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
     

  • The APA Research Paper: Finishing Touches

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    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 

     

    Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

     

     

  • Reflections, Critical Reviews, and Strong Discussion Posts

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    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, September 15, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Winning Essays for Scholarships and Graduate Admission

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    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, September 8, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.