Spring 2021 Workshops

Writing Center workshops are interactive and designed to teach effective approaches to the writing process. They’re open to all members of the Pitzer community interested in developing further as writers or teachers or tutors of writing. Please note that all events are scheduled in Pacific Time.

For Zoom location to events, please email [email protected]; RSVPS are appreciated but not required.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with a Writing Center Fellow, please use our online appointment system.

Scheduled events:

Long Night Against Procrastination (Long NAP)

Sunday, May 2nd from 3pm-11pm (PT)

Zoom link:  https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/84081842764

Join us to work on your writing assignments while Fellows are on standby to help you set and achieve your anti-procrastination goals. Stop by any time to write, ask a quick, 5-minute question, or meet with a Fellow for a full 50-minute session.

Long Nap Raffle: All attendees are entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of many prizes: Moleskine notebook, retro wireless keyboard, adjustable lap top stand, and much more!

How the Writing Center Can Help You Prepare for Finals and Future Fellowships!

An Asynchronous event

Brought to you by the Junior Class Community Assistants, the Office of Scholarships and Fellowships, and the Writing Center. View this PPT to learn more how the Writing Center can support you through finals and begin preparing to apply to fellowships!

Getting to the Core: Imagine What Can Be!

Friday, April 2nd from 11am-12:30pm (PT)

Register for Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3m33JN3

Facilitated by Je Nae Taylor of the Highlander Center. A workshop inviting participants to amplify absurdity, indulge curiosity, radically collaborate, exchange stories and wave at clouds. Really, we are going to listen to each other, gather our resources, play creatively and assess our impact. This is an invitation to learn together for 90 minutes and we aint gotta have our videos on.

As part of the series, Getting to the Core: Self, Systems and Oppressions, Visions and Action in coordination with activist, scholar, Margo Okazawa-Rey, CAPAS, CEC, and the Writing Center.

Interview Skills in the Age of COVID

Asynchronous event: https://youtu.be/1EUvPMTxwyQ

PPT: https://pitzer.box.com/s/wil6zcreh60cx8fgslbhorqf6ia57fxo

Presented by Pitzer College’s Assistant Director of Career Services, Carolina Rodriguez, and Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Stephanie Liu-Rojas. This asynchronous event discusses tips and tricks to help you prepare and conduct interviews for jobs, internships, and more! We also host a mock interview so you can see how interviews might look in a digital world.

Connecting with alumni and professionals: How to reach out intentionally

Asynchronous event: https://youtu.be/rPLRCj8fiYk

Presented by the Assistant Director for Career Development, Carolina Rodriguez, and the Assistant Director at the Writing Center, Stephanie Liu-Rojas. This asynchronous event discusses the ways in which students can connect with Pitzer Alumni, and Career Professionals to gain insight about a company, job, and/or internship. By networking through Pitzer College’s LinkedIn page, viewers will learn how to schedule and conduct informational interviews to support their career development and trajectory.

Open House and Hiring Information Session

February 18 from 11:30am-1:15pm (PT)

Zoom link: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/83054066158

Meet Writing Center staff, learn how to become a Writing Fellow, and enter to win DoorDash/UberEats gift cards and other raffle prizes! Join us for the full session, or stop by any time!

Getting to the Core: Radically Imagining Out Futures facilitated by Nick Daily

February 5 from 11am-12:30pm (PT)

Register for the Zoom link: https://pitzer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tc-yurTwrGt2iPNcbkJDKH4rpexETmkMR

“What is the urgency of our invention?” (Civil, 2014). As students, scholars, visionaries, and justice workers our number one goal is to imagine the world(s) that we want to live in. The current world, however, trains us to limit our capacities to dream, puts borders around our imaginations, and asks us to “be realistic” in our quest for a more inclusive and equitable world. These two realities are in tension with each other and the second reality often wins out. In this session, participants will practice the act of intentional, collective, and radical imagining knowing that the first step to “Getting to the Core” is seeing past the current barriers toward the new worlds we work to create everyday. This event is part of the series, Getting to the Core: Self, Systems and Oppressions, Vision, and Action in coordination with activist, scholar Margo Okazawa-Rey, CAPAS, CEC, and the Writing Center.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship: Writing Personal Statements

January 28, 2020 from 12-2pm (PT)

Zoom: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/87881701340

In the first hour, we will review winning samples and learn about the different writing styles and techniques to write a strong personal statement for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Bring your ideas, questions, or a draft so that a Writing Fellow can assist you through the writing process in the last hour of this workshop.

Previous Events:

Write a More Effective Email

Wednesday, January 13th from 10:30am-12pm (PT)

Email [email protected] to register for the Zoom link

While email was designed to make workplace communication more efficient, research suggests that reading, writing, and organizing email often increases workloads with mixed results. This workshop offers an alternative to productivity approaches, focusing instead on strategies for effective email communication in alignment with your values and goals. 

  • When is it best to communicate via email?
  • When might your needs be better met through a phone call or video conference interaction? 
  • When you do write an email, how can you craft your message to communicate effectively?

This workshop will focus on strategies for using language that is assertive, professional, and clear that considers the needs of your reader.

Fall 2020 Events:

Watson Bootcamp

  • Session 1: Laying the Groundwork: Essential Things to Know as You Get Started – August 20, 11am-12:15pm (PT)
  • Session 2: How to Write a Proposal – August 20, 1pm-3pm (PT)
  • Session 3: How to Write a Personal Statement – August 21, 11am-1pm (PT)
  • Session 4: Write-in – August 21, 2pm-3pm (PT)

Interested in traveling around the world and immersing yourself in new surroundings and cultures? Apply for a Watson Fellowship—a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States to graduating seniors. Sign up below for the Watson Bootcamp to learn more!

To sign-up and for Zoom location, email [email protected].

For more information about the Watson Fellowship visit the Office of Fellowship.

Writing Center Virtual Table – Student Resource Fair

September 2, 2020, from 9am-11am (PT)

For Zoom location, go to the Student Resource Fair event page.

For additional information about the Student Resource Fair and other Virtual Tables check out the event schedule page.

Building Your Resume

September 9, 2020 from 12:30pm – 1:15pm (PT)

Zoom: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/2156191000

Facilitated by Career Services and the Writing Center

Learn tips and strategies for putting together a resume that reflects your skills and accomplishments to help you land a job or internship. Start building your successful resume!

Cite Right Citation Workshop

September 17, 2020 from 5pm-6pm (PT)

Register to attend: https://bit.ly/31weejc

Workshop facilitated by Kimberly Jackson, STEM Librarian and Megan Donnelly, Teaching and Outreach Librarian.

Boost your citation confidence and knowledge!

At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Clarify and discuss why we use citations
  • Identify ways to avoid plagiarism
  • Recognize APA citation style
  • Construct a citation manual in APA style
  • Learn about reliable resources for citation such as citation manager, Zotero

Questions? Contact Megan Donnelly ([email protected]) or the Writing Center ([email protected])

Academic Success Roundtable

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 2-3 PM (PT)

Register to attend: https://bit.ly/2RkYtWd

Join ResLife and the Writing Center with a panel of peer Community Assistants and Writing Fellows as they share their experiences, and tips and tricks to help you achieve academic success through the Fall semester in a virtual world.

Questions: Email [email protected] or [email protected].

How to Get Started On Your Thesis

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 5:45-7pm (PT)

Feeling overwhelmed by thesis? Don’t know where to start? Have questions? Join us as we discuss tips and resources for starting your thesis with faculty and the Pitzer Writing Center!Faculty Panel: Susan Phillips (EA), Menna Bizuneh (Econ), Ruti Talmor (MS), Nancy Williams (Keck), and Andrea Scott (Pitzer Writing Center).

Email [email protected] or [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Writing Center Open House

Thursday, September 29, 2020 from 4-5pm (PT)

Zoom link

Stop by the Writing Center Open House for your change to win a copy of Claudia Rankine’s book Just Us, meet your peer Writing Fellows, learn about Writing Hangouts, multilingual support, how to make an appointment and access the virtual writing room, and upcoming workshops to help support your writing this semester!

How to Get Started on Your Thesis Part II

Friday, October 16th from 5:45-7:00pm (PT)

Zoom: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/85634172050

Hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students

Join a panel of alumni, current seniors, librarians, and Writing Center staff to hear about their experience with writing a thesis. Gain some insight on tips that was found helpful, lessons learned, and words of wisdom.

Writing a Winning Cover Letter & Email Etiquette

Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30pm-6:15pm (PT)

Zoom: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/2156191000

Hosted by the Career Center and the Writing Center

Increase your odds of getting an interview by showing your employer why you’re a strong match for the job. Learn how to write a winning cover letter and how to reach out to future employers and/or alumni through email.

Recorded session: https://youtu.be/iP5SqMMIMlA

Long Night Against Procrastination

Sunday, November 22nd from 3pm-11pm (PT)

Zoom:  https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/82866556700

No appointment needed! Join us to work on your written assignments while Fellows are on standby to help you set and achieve your anti-procrastination goals. Stop by any time to ask a quick, 5-minute question, or meet with a Fellow for a full 50-minute session. All attendees are entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of many prizes: 2021 calendar, Moleskine, advent calendar, and more!