What is WoW Wednesdays?
“Working on Writing” or “WoW” is a series of interactive workshops held on most Wednesdays. These workshops tackle both big picture and sentence-level writing concerns to help participants strengthen their writing skills, no matter what their discipline or experience level.
Who Should Attend?
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.
When and Where Does it Happen?
WoW Wednesdays is held on most Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. in the ePortfolio Studio, RBD Library. Dates for each workshop are listed in the Workshop Descriptions section below.
Workshops are organized into tracks to help you decide which sessions will be the most valuable to you and align best with your writing goals. You can sign up for an entire track or pick and choose which workshops you wish to attend throughout the semester. Track and session descriptions are below. Click here to register.
Expectations for Participants
Each session is an interactive workshop with time to practice the strategies learned. We recommend bringing your assignments, writing drafts, projects, etc., as well as your laptop to fully participate. Additional details on what to bring will be provided before each session.
Track 1: Professional Communication
This track includes workshops designed to help you with the types of writing you will use in every day communication as a college student and as a professional. Workshops in this track include Writing Effective Professional Emails; Crafting Powerful Personal Statements; Crafting Job Materials; Editing and Proofreading Your Own Work; and Using Feedback to Revise.
Track 2: Working with Sources
This track features workshops designed to help with the challenges of academic writing and includes Reading Difficult Material; Managing Large Projects; Paraphrasing, Annotating, and Summarizing; Writing Literature Reviews; and Editing and Proofreading Your Own Work.
Track 3: Research and Grant Writing
Workshops in this track provide support for your research and grant writing endeavors. Sessions include Managing Large Projects; Preparing and Polishing your NSF-GRFP Personal Statement; Writing an Effective IRB Protocol; Writing Literature Reviews; Grant Writing; and Using Feedback to Revise.
WoW Wednesdays Workshop Descriptions:
Writing an email to a professor, advisor, or potential employer requires more than just typing what you’re thinking. In many cases, your recipient doesn’t know who you are, and the identity you create in your email can and will set the tone for your relationship with the recipient during your academic career and beyond. This workshop focuses on helping you communicate in a polite and professional manner and provides specific strategies for crafting effective, well-edited, professional emails.
Whether you’re an avid reader or only read when you absolutely have to, you’re apt to discover that reading at the college or graduate level is a new kind of challenge. This workshop will help you stretch your reading skills and develop strategies for understanding difficult material. We’ll demonstrate how exploring, challenging, and unpacking difficult texts in writing can help you read with more understanding and then provide time for you to practice these strategies on texts from your own classes or research, so bring material you find difficult to read with you for the practice session.
Completing a large project, such as a dissertation, research paper, or capstone work can seem like a daunting task. This workshop will provide attendees with practical tips for tackling large projects in an organized and systematic way that makes the entire process more manageable. Attendees will leave this workshop with a project timeline and the organizational and time management skills needed to finish their project.
Understanding how to use sources effectively in your academic projects is critical to your success. This workshop clarifies what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to using sources and helps you think critically about what it means to use the work of others so you can make better choices and avoid unintended plagiarism. By the end of the session, you will have an understanding of the fundamental principles of paraphrasing, quoting, and attribution; have practiced specific strategies for effective paraphrasing; and have had the opportunity to apply these strategies to your own work – so bring a project to work on.
Applications for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program are due at the end of Octcober. Join us for this workshop to get the support you need to craft the most effective and compelling personal statement possible. The workshop focuses on understanding your goals, considering the audience's expectations, and doing the deep thinking necessary for composing a personal statement that lets you stand out from others. The workshop includes time for composing and peer review, so bring your draft -- no matter how rough -- and leave with feedback that will help you finalize your piece before the deadline.
If you need to write a personal statement for a prestigious scholarship, graduate or professional school application, or other endeavor, join us for this workshop before you submit your application. This workshop helps you understand your goals and consider the expectations of your audience so you can do the deep thinking necessary for composing your personal statement. Time to compose and peer review your personal statement will be provided, so bring your draft or notes with you and leave with feedback that will help you finalize your piece.
Writing an IRB protocol can seem like a cumbersome undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re currently working on an IRB protocol (or thinking about writing one), join us for this workshop to gain a better understanding of common writing problems with IRB protocols and learn strategies to correct them. Members of the IRB will be available during the session to answer questions, and you will have the opportunity to apply the strategies learned to peer review your own IRB protocol draft or draft a new IRB protocol.
This workshop will help you work through each genre of job material -- cover letters, resumes, CVs, personal statements, ePortfolios, etc. -- individually while also helping you craft those materials into a coherent, synthesized message that effectively represents who you are as a potential employee. Ample time will be provided for working on your draft job materials and getting feedback, so bring your drafts or notes with you.
Writing a literature review can be intimidating, but this workshop offers strategies for breaking the process into manageable sections. During the session, you will have the opportunity to work in groups to apply strategies for analyzing scholarly articles to a piece of literature so you can approach your next literature review with confidence.
This workshop will help you write a more effective grant proposal by offering strategies for identifying what funding sources are looking for, tailoring your research ideas to fit the call for proposals, and developing a compelling narrative that will get your idea funded. Resources for grant support at Auburn University will also be provided.
This workshop helps you determine what makes self-editing so difficult and arms you with a series of strategies for successful self-editing. Participants will have time to practice a range of strategies and apply them to their own project.
This workshop offers strategies for reading feedback critically to determine what the comments really mean and prioritizing your responses to address what’s most important. Participants will also have the opportunity to look at the most common feedback given, practice specific revision strategies, and apply those strategies to their own work, so bring a piece to work on.
Questions about WoW Wednesdays?
Contact the Office of University Writing at 334-844-7475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.