Workshops and Events

The Writing Center offers four different workshops series: Academic and Professional Writing Workshops, General Writing Workshops, Grammar Hour, and Beyond the Classroom.

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Academic and Professional Writing Workshops

The Academic and Professional Writing Workshops are designed to help you with writing issues you might encounter during your time as a student here at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

  • Dissertation Boot Camp
    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 - Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
    9 a.m. - noon
    SMC Campus Center 3rd Floor
    This three-day event will help graduate students cultivate the writing and time-management skills they need to finish a dissertation.
    RSVP to sclawson@umaryland.edu
          
  • How to Plan and Write a Paper
    Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 349

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 311

    Thursday, Sept. 8, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 311

    Has it been a while since you've written a paper? This workshop will discuss the fundamentals of the writing process. 
  • How to Use APA
    Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Using APA format can be intimidating. This session will help you navigate the APA manual and other resources so that you can write and cite like a pro. One lucky student will win a free copy of the APA manual.        
  • How to Write an Abstract
    Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    This session will help graduate students write the abstracts required for journal articles, conference papers, and fellowship applications. We will consider the elements of convincing abstracts in various disciplines. Then, students will assemble their own abstracts, piece by piece. If possible, students should bring a draft of their article or paper for this hands-on workshop.  
  • How to Write a Resume and Cover Letter
    Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    An attention-grabbing, polished resume and cover letter will help you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. This workshop will offer suggestions for writing a successful resume and cover letter.

General Writing Workshops

The General Writing Workshops cover essential writing skills that you can put to use anywhere.

  • You Can Has Grammar!
    Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Not sure if it is "you and I" or "you and me"? This workshop will provide you with a brief refresher on common grammatical mistakes so that you can write with confidence.
  • How to Overcome Writer's Block
    Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 353

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 311

    Sometimes, getting started is the most challenging part of writing. This workshop will present strategies for productive writing sessions.
  • How to Brainstorm Ideas
    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Few things are as intimidating as staring at a blank page, waiting for a good idea to arrive. This workshop will explore time-tested techniques for finding ideas and having something interesting to say about them.
  • How to Craft an Argument
    Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Though important, no amount of grammatical correctness can cover up a shoddy idea; a well-crafted argument is the basis of successful and persuasive writing. This workshop will address the fundamentals of analyzing and crafting arguments.
  • How to Revise and Self-Edit
    Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
    1 - 2 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

    This hands-on workshop will provide revision strategies for longer texts in addition to suggestions for improvement at the sentence level.  We will look at common problems like the overuse of weak verbs, passive voice, and nominalizations as well as offer specific tips to strengthen clarity, organization, and flow. Students should bring a hard copy of their work.

Grammar Hour

Grammar Hour is an ongoing workshop series designed to help ESL students and scholars improve their mastery of the English language. We offer two different tracks based on the student's current English skills.

  • Intermediate
    Tuesdays, starting Oct. 21, 2014
    Noon - 1 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307
         
  • Advanced
    Thursdays, starting Oct. 23, 2014
    Noon - 1 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307

Beyond the Classroom

There is more to writing than grammar and coursework. Workshops in the Beyond the Classroom series will help you gain a greater appreciation for writing and literature. 

  • How to Read a Novel
    Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307
    Wish that you could get more out of your pleasure reading than just a plotline? This workshop will present strategies for approaching and appreciating literature.
           
  • Creative Writing Group
    Thursdays, starting Oct. 23, 2014
    5 - 6 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 307
    Don’t let your creative writing fall by the wayside during graduate school. Bring poems, short stories, novels, and any other non-academic writing to workshop with your peers.