2013-14 Writing Workshops
Writing Center workshops are interactive and designed to teach effective approaches to the writing process. They’re designed for students who’d like to develop further as critical thinkers, readers, and writers. They’re also open to all members of the Pitzer community interested in the teaching of writing.
All workshops are Fridays from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. in Broad Hall 204, unless otherwise noted.
Fall 2013 Workshops
September 20: Fulbright Flash Mob - in Fletcher Hall, 2nd Floor Student Lounge
Are you applying for a Fulbright Fellowship this fall? Come to the Writing Center to have your statement of grant purpose or personal statement work-shopped by your peers. Through guided exercises, you'll receive focused feedback on how to revise your materials to make them more persuasive to the committee that grants awards. Bring two hard copies of your materials and be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
September 27: Fulbright Flash Mob, redux - in Fletcher Hall, 2nd Floor Student Lounge
Join us for round two of the Fulbright Flash Mob. All students applying for a Fulbright Fellowship are encouraged to attend, even if you missed the first flash mob. In this workshop, you'll give and receive feedback on the next iteration of your application materials. You'll leave with a sharper statement and a clearer sense of what to do next to revise. Bring two hard copies of your materials.
October 4: Using Good Sources to Build an Argument
Academic readers often assess arguments based on the quality of the evidence the writer uses. In this hands-on workshop, led by Pitzer embedded librarian Natalie Tagge, we’ll focus on how to assess and integrate the sources you need based on the kind of argument you want to make. You’ll also learn how the library can serve as a resource in the writing process.
October 25: Teaching and Tutoring Writing in the Writing Center
Do you work or are you interested in working in the community as a teacher or tutor? Are you considering applying for a Teaching Fulbright or Teach for America? Do you enjoy mentoring students and talking about writing? A job in the Writing Center might be for you. This session will provide information about applying to become a Writing Center Fellow, where you'll receive intensive training in teaching and tutoring writing. You'll also learn more about a new spring course, which prepares students to consult one-on-one with student writers and teach writing-intensive English courses in the U.S. and abroad. Starting this year, Writing Center Fellows will be hired in the Spring to begin working in the Fall. Come learn more!
November 1: Citing Right: Giving Credit and Avoiding Plagiarism Across the Disciplines
Feeling intimidated or overwhelmed by all the details of APA, MLA or other documentation styles? Every discipline has a shared “code language” for giving credit for information and ideas that come from outside sources. What are faculty looking for when they ask you to use these citations in your papers? How can you give other authors credit and avoid plagiarism? This hands-on workshop will highlight some common trouble areas with citation styles across the disciplines and train you in using tools to master your own discipline’s documentation style. Please bring one or more syllabi from this semester as well as any documentation reference book(s) you have been required to purchase, if applicable. Reference books will also be available on site.