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Writing Across the Curriculum

Workshop Series, Fall 2010


In Pursuit of the Polished Paper

The Rutgers-Newark Writing Across the Curriculum program is pleased to continue our series of workshops this semester for students enrolled in Writing Intensive courses. The workshops will focus on the basics of critical reading, writing, and research.  Students can register for one or more of the workshops. Those interested in attending a workshop should register by contacting Marne Benson at and should indicate the session title and the date of the workshop that they will be attending. Email reminders will also be sent approximately one week prior to each workshop. Individual tutoring is also available for students in Writing Intensive classes; students may register for tutoring during workshops or at any time by emailing the Writing Center at, telephoning (973-353-5847), or stopping by in person (126 Conklin Hall).

Session 1: Assignments, Grammar and Style
   Monday September 27, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Eng 309

A quality paper must show a clear understanding of the assignment as well as grammatical conventions. This session is designed to help you make sense of your writing assignments and to assist you in identifying and correcting common grammatical errors in order to continue to address individualized patterns of error. It will also address the importance of sentence style, syntax, word choice, and clarity.

Session 2:  Working With Texts and Analysis
Monday, October 18, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Eng 309

This session will focus on location and use of sources, selection and presentation of evidence, establishment of your own voice and strategies for proper citation and attribution in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. We will also discuss the difference between summary and analysis.

Session 3: Organizing Your Essay
Monday, November 1, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Eng 309

This workshop will focus on writing a paper as a process of presenting evidence, organizing body paragraphs, drafting, and revising. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for revision and drafting to improve the paper's overall cohesion, both within and between paragraph

Session 4: Turning in a Polished Essay
Monday, November 15, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Eng 309 

At the conclusion of the drafting and revision process, it is necessary to pay close attention to the overall polish of an essay before submitting a final draft.  This workshop will address final revision of the thesis statement, proofreading for grammar and style, attention to paragraph focus and paragraph flow, and use of academic language.


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