Workshop Schedule


Throughout the semester, workshops of one to two hours in length are offered on various writing-related topics such as how to recognize and avoid plagiarism, how to use MLA and APA citation formats, and how to prepare for written-response exams.

This workshop and event schedule is subject to change. Please call the studio to confirm events throughout the semester

Faculty members and students are invited to contact the Studio coordinator, Julia Wagner, to request specific workshops of interest to their students.

THE METRO WRITING STUDIO ----- Spring 2017 Workshops Schedule

GIOVATTO LIBRARY/SECOND FLOOR

These free workshops are open to all FDU students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required to attend; seating is limited at the events held at the Studio. Consult our website at http://ucoll.fdu.edu/metro, or email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu for more information about the workshops and the tutoring services offered at the Metro Writing Studio. Suggestions are welcome!

Open to students, faculty, and staff. For more information call (201) 692-2166

WORKSHOP     

DATE

TIME    

PLACE

Writing a Coherent Essay

February 3rd  (F)

3:00 –4:30 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Elizabeth Johnson will teach students how to write cohesive essays by introducing techniques for thesis development, for using transitions between sentences and paragraphs, and for using logical organizers and outlines.

Partisanship, Polarization, and Populism in American Politics

February 6th (M)           

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Dr. Chris Rasmussen discusses current political events with a view from history from 1787 – 2017. Question and answer period to follow.

Technical and Scientific Writing

February 15th (W)          

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Scientific writing is its own animal. It has a specific goal and a very specific audience. Helen Kuttner will introduce beginning practical approaches for students in the sciences who need to learn how to write in their field.  

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism

 February 22nd (W)   

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Metro Writing Studio

Barbara Morris will teach students how and when to quote and/or paraphrase from an original source - and how to acknowledge that source – so that they can learn how to avoid committing plagiarism accidentally. (Registration required)

Introduction to APA Format

March 1st ( W)

1:30 – 3:00 PM

 Giovatto Library Auditorium

Barbara Morris will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises. This workshop will be repeated on Thursday, March 30th.

Advanced APA Format

March 1st (W)

8:30 – 10:00 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions.

Is it Legit – Evaluating Sources Online 

March 2nd (TH)

11:00am – 12:30 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Kathleen Stein-Smith will take us online to teach us how to evaluate the credibility of the different sources we find online and to discuss what sources are considered appropriate for academic research.

Writing the Undergraduate Thesis

March 7 th( T)

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Library Instruction Room 4

This workshop is designed for undergrads in the Honors Program but is useful for everyone who has to write a researched thesis paper. Paul Caruso will first explain what writing a thesis entails before guiding you through the project management strategies useful for organizing research and for writing the thesis over the academic year. The same material will be covered at both workshops. (Does not count for EPS credit)

How to Write a Master’s Thesis

March 8th (W)

8:30 – 10:30 PM

Metro Writing Studio

Paul Caruso will first explain what writing a Master’s thesis entails before guiding you through the steps needed to organize, write, and complete your Master’s thesis using project management strategies.  (Registration required)

Writing the Undergraduate Thesis

March 9th  (TH)

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

This workshop is designed for undergrads in the Honors Program but is useful for everyone who has to write a researched thesis paper. Paul Caruso will first explain what writing a thesis entails before guiding you through the project management strategies useful for organizing research and for writing the thesis over the academic year. The same material will be covered at both workshops.

Basic Grammar

March 30 (TH)

11:00- 12:00 PM

Library Instruction Room 3

Elizabeth Johnson will introduce, explain, and then help students to recognize the most common mechanical errors within their own writing focusing on the sentence fragment and the comma.

Introduction to APA Format

March 30 (TH)

5:00 – 6:30PM

Library Instruction Room 4

Barbara Morris will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises.

Advanced APA Format

March 30th (TH)

8:30 – 10:00 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Barbara Morris, will offer a brief overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions.

Technical Communications Basics:  Lab Reports and More

April 5th (W)

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Nancy Passow will instruct students how to write clear and precise lab reports, and she will provide tips for writing the important business and technical documents engineering students need for success in their internships and careers.

Basic Grammar

April 6th (TH)

11:00 – 1200 PM

Giovatto Library Auditorium

Elizabeth Johnson hosts a grammar workshop where students can interact in an informal question and answer session working on common grammar errors they  often encounter in their own writing. Students are encouraged to bring their own writing from which to work or formulate questions.    

Creating the MLA Works Cited List

April 12 th(W)

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Metro Writing Studio

Barbara Morris will lead this workshop designed for those who are familiar with the basics of MLA parenthetical citation; she will focus on how to create the works cited list. (Registration required)   

Essential Spoken English for International Students

April 13th (TH)

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Metro Writing Studio

Culled from Professor Paul Caruso’s teaching experiences abroad, this participatory workshop will help international students improve their English conversation skills in the classroom and among their peers. Registration required; attendance is limited to twenty-five participants. (Registration required)

Common Essay Patterns

April 19th (W)

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Metro Writing Studio

Elizabeth Johnson will review the various patterns available to writers for composing essays before examining strategies for writing clear and effective argumentative, compare/contrast, and cause and effect essays. (Registration required)

Metro Writing Studio ~~ 2nd Floor/Giovatto Library ~~ 201-692-2166