Workshop Schedule

  • Metro Writing Studio
  • Giovatto Library, Second Floor
  • (201) 692-2166

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.

These free workshops are open to all FDU students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required to attend, however seating is limited at the events held at the studio.

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

Email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu or call the studio for more information about the workshops and the tutoring services offered at the Metro Writing Studio.

Fall 2017 Workshops Schedule

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

I've Got My First Assignment, Now What?

September 12 (TU), 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Craig Mourton will lead this interactive workshop that will cover topics like time management and study skills; what college-level work is; seeking help from professors; group collaboration; academic support resources on campus; and understanding what your assignment asks you to do.

Introduction to the New MLA 8th Edition Format

September 13 (W), 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Barbara Morris will introduce and review the updates important to the new 8th edition of MLA format for students.

Introduction to APA Format

September 19 (TU), 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Helen Kuttner 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 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on Wednesday, October 25.

Technical Communications Basics: Lab Reports and More

September 27 (W), 3:30 PM to 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.

Essential Spoken English for International Students

September 28 (TH), 8:30 PM to 10:00 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.

Affirmative Action and Juvenile Rights

September 28 (TH), 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

What is Affirmative Action? What are the guiding principles of Affirmative Action historically? Are there changes and or current trends that affect and or impact the rights of juveniles and minors? Dr. Chris Rasmussen will present this lecture with question and answer to follow.

Advanced APA Format

October 2 (M), 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief APA overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question and answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions. This workshop will repeat on November 1st at 8:00PM to 10:00 PM.

Writing the Master's Thesis

October 4 (W), 8:30PM to 10:00 PM, Metro Writing Studio

Paul Caruso will first explain what writing a Master's thesis encompasses before guiding you through the steps needed to organize, write and complete your Master's thesis using project management strategies.

Basic Grammar

October 9 (M), 3:30PM to 4:30 PM, Giovatto Auditorium

Rochelle Moskowitz will introduce, explain, and then help students to recognize the most common mechanical errors within their own writing focusing on the use of articles and definite and indefinite pronouns.

Is it Common Knowledge, or Should I Cite It?

October 12 (TH), 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Writers must cite all the ideas they borrow from other sources that are not common knowledge-but just how do we determine what is considered common knowledge? Dr. Kathleen Stein Smith will answer this question, discuss some important cultural differences in notions of common knowledge, and give us general guidelines for avoiding plagiarism.

Basic Grammar

October 18 (W), 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

This workshop oriented session will allow collaboration between moderator, Rochelle Moskowitz and audience. Rochelle will field common grammar questions from students in a collaborative peer environment where students will learn common grammar errors in a group setting. This is a place where all your grammar questions are welcomed.

Writing the Undergraduate Thesis

October 24 (TU), 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Metro Writing Studio
October 26 (TH), 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Metro Writing Studio

This workshop is designed for undergrads in the Honor's Program but is useful to 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 your research and for writing the thesis over the academic year.

Introduction to APA Format

October 25 (W), 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Helen Kuttner will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises. This workshop is a repeat of the one offered on September 19.

Advanced APA Format

November 1 (W), 8:30 PM to 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 APA overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question and answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions.

Navigating the Writing Process

November 8 (W), 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Metro Writing Studio

Barbara Morris will first teach us the step- by- step techniques successful writers use to brainstorm, decide on a thesis, and then draft a paper before covering various strategies for undertaking the crucial revision process.

Beyond Wikipedia: Doing Real Research

November 17 (F), 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Giovatto Library Auditorium

Kathleen Stein-Smith will take us online to show us a variety of databases, search engines, and resources for doing the type of academic research required in your courses.

Handouts

Some courses provide handouts, which are availble below: