Spring 2022 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, teachers, or tutors of writing.

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

Strong Start Series: Time Management

Friday, January 21st from 2-3pm

Zoom: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/81482226771

In this discussion, we will focus on a key to college success: time management. One of the challenges of adjusting to college is having more unstructured time. What’s the difference between unstructured and free time? How can time management techniques help you set and keep academic goals without sacrificing well-being? Bring your questions to this informal workshop with Dr. Laura Kotovsky, a professional academic coach.

RSVPS appreciated at https://tinyurl.com/PZtimemanagement.

A copy of the book Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It Now will be raffled off.

MMUF Writing Personal Statements

Thursday, January 27th from 12pm-2pm

RSVP for Zoom link:


In the first hour, we will review winning samples from the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and learn about the different writing styles and techniques to write a strong personal statement.

Bring your ideas, questions, or a draft (not required) so that a Writing Fellow can assist you through the writing process in the last hour of this workshop.

Past Events

CAPAS + Writing Center Open House

Tuesday, September 28th from 4-5pm

Outside the Writing Center

Come meet the CAPAS Program Interns and Office Assistants, and the Writing Center Fellows while enjoying boba, 85C Bakery pastries, Karaoke, crafts and more!

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How We Write

Tuesday, October 5th from 12:30-1:20pm

Outdoor dining area between Skandera & West Halls

Register for pizza: https://forms.gle/a1F53tKUYSDGBgvM9

Your professors ask you to write a lot in college. But what are your professors writing? What led them to write about a particular issue? How do they approach the writing process? Stay motivated? And seek out opportunities for growth? What advice do they have to offer students?

Join us for this lively conversation sponsored by the Faculty-in-Residence Program. Resident Assistant Ciauna Kui-Chavez will moderate the discussion.

Pizza will be served at the end, so RSVPS are appreciated so we can order enough vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore options. We kindly ask that folks wear masks during this event.

Cite Right

Wednesday, October 6th from 1-2pm

View recorded session: https://youtu.be/W7eR15zkurw

Boost your citation confidence with knowledge! Facilitated by Kirsten Hansen, Teaching and Outreach Librarian.

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 manually in APA style
  • Learn about reliable resource for citation such as citation manager, Zotero

How We Read

Wednesday, October 20th from 12:30-1:20pm

Shady Outdoor Amphitheater behind N & E Sanborn Halls

Your professors ask you to read a lot in college, but how do they approach the processes of reading and research? What matters to them when they read? When do they skim and when do they read more deeply? What advice do professors and professional staff have for students adjusting to large reading loads in college? Join the faculty-in-residence Andrea Scott, Resident Assistant Mae Garland, Professor Lance Neckar, Professor Dan Segal, and Academic Coach Connie Helland for tips on how and when to read early, often, widely and closely.

Pizza will be served after the event. Please RSVP so that we can ensure enough options for all.

Writing a Winning Cover Letter and Email Etiquette

Wednesday, October 20th from 12-12:45pm

Watch the Recording!

Writing a targeted cover letter that shows the employer why you’re a strong match for the job will increase the odds of getting selected for an interview. Join Career Services and the Writing Center as we discuss how to write a cover letter and how to reach out to future employers and/or alumni through email.

Level Up Your Writing

Friday, October 22nd from 12pm-1:30pm

Mead Courtyard outside of the Writing Center (Mead Hall, 131)

Join Professor Andrea Scott for an interactive workshop on the writing process from start to finish. Topics include how to approach an assignment, how to develop and organize an argument, and how to meet the needs of diverse readers.

Pizza will be served after the event. Please RSVP so that we can ensure enough options for all.

Collage with the Writing Center

Saturday, November 13th at 2pm

The Mounds

Are you interested in expanding your academic writing abilities? Do you like to collage?

If so feel free to stop by the fountain at the Mounds! Enjoy some snacks while engaging in creative and academic writing through an artistic medium: collage!

All supplies will be provided by the Writing Center- just bring yourself and your creativity!

From Pitzer to DC: Writing Legislation and Making Change for the Community

Sunday, November 14th at 5:30pm

Skandera Courtyard

Come get some pizza and work on the writing process for legislation. We will talk about the wide range of what legislation can look like. Attendees will walk away from the session with concrete pieces on legislation writing!

Free-Write with the Writing Center

Thursday, December 2nd at 5pm

Mead Courtyard, outside the Writing Center

Join us for journaling prompts, snacks, and boba!

Long Night Against Procrastination (AKA Long NAP)

Sunday, December 5th from 1pm-11pm

Gold Student Center, Multi Purpose Room

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: Moleskine, coloring book and gel pens, stationary, and Writing Center swag!