Writing Across the Curriculum
Workshop Series, Spring 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 be led by John Aveni and will focus on the basics
of critical reading, writing, and research. Students do not
need to register for these workshops. Please arrive promptly at the
beginning of the session to ensure access to a computer and to
minimize disruption of a session in progress. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), telephoning
(973-353-5847), or stopping by in person (126 Conklin Hall).
Session 1: The Writing Assignment
February 17, 2010, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Hill 124
A successful semester in a writing intensive class starts with
understanding the quality and quantity of writing expected of the
student. This session will focus on strategies for understanding
writing assignments, planning the evidence-gathering and drafting
process, and using the university’s various resources to tackle
these assignments successfully.
Session 2: Working With Texts and Analysis
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Hill
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
Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Hill
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 paragraphs.
Session 4: Turning in a Polished Essay
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Hill
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 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, clarity, use of
academic language, final revision of the thesis statement, and
attention to paragraph focus and paragraph flow,
Session 5: Open Session (Help! My Paper Has Fallen, and It Won't Get Up!)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 2:30
p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Hill 124
you've reached a point of panic or you just want to make sure
everything is as good as it can be, final papers can be stressful.
Even with the strategies addressed throughout the workshops
presented this semester, one last chance to workshop an essay can
make the difference between the grade you want and the grade you
would otherwise get. Stop by for a chance to review areas of
concern one last time before submitting your final papers.