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bold right facing arrowWhat 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 their discipline or experience level.

bold right facing arrowWho Should Attend?

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

bold right facing arrowWhen and Where Does it Happen?

WoW Wednesdays is held from 2 – 3:30 p.m. most Wednesdays. Dates for each workshop are listed in the descriptions section below.

For each workshop, participants will be able to register for  an online option via Zoom. Additional information will be provided in the registration confirmation and reminder emails.

The first hour of the workshop will feature instruction and practice opportunities. The remaining 30 minutes is reserved for participants to work on their own projects and ask the workshop facilitator more detailed questions. Participants are not required to stay for the final 30 minutes if they do not have their own project they wish to work on.

bold right facing arrowRegistration Details

Registration is required for all workshops and will open approximately three weeks prior to the sessions. To register, please click the links below:

Editing and Proofreading Your Own Work – November 4

Grant Writing for Beginners – November 11

bold right facing arrowExpectations for Participants

Participants will have the option to attend the workshops online. Due to high demand for this program, if you are no longer able to attend, you are expected to cancel your registration at least 24 hours in advance. If you miss two workshops without cancelling in advance, you may be unable to register for future University Writing programs and events.

WoW Descriptions

This workshop will provide attendees with practical tips for tackling large projects, such as a dissertation, research paper, or capstone work, 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 strategies needed to finish their project.
This workshop will help you work through some genres of job materials --cover letters, resumes, and CVs --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 a job description and your drafts or notes with you.
This workshop is for anyone who feels anxious about writing, struggles to start writing, or regularly loses focus mid-project. Participants will learn about mindfulness, or moment-to-moment awareness, and its benefits for managing writer’s block and writing anxiety. Strategies such as meditative pauses, regular progress tracking, and reflective journaling will help participants learn to center their minds before writing, recognize anxiety when it arises, and track the sources of writing challenges. Come prepared to work on a writing project and put mindfulness strategies into practice.
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 set the tone for your relationship with the recipient. This workshop focuses on helping you communicate in a professional manner and provides specific strategies for crafting effective, well-edited, professional emails.
This workshop will include suggestions on adapting written research for an oral presentation as well as strategies for communicating your research through an effective oral presentation. During the session, participants will learn to identify and apply best practices by working in groups to critique sample presentations.
This workshop will explore various ways to employ impactful visual aids to enhance and support the communication of research. During the session, participants will review and discuss the different ways to integrate visual communication and determine the best form for their unique audience and content. We will discuss best practices in visual literacy to produce clear, precise, and engaging content to communicate your research.
Writing an IRB protocol can seem like a cumbersome undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re currently writing an IRB protocol (or thinking about writing one), join us for this workshop to gain a better understanding of strategies for writing IRB protocols and learn about common issues. 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 IRB protocol draft or draft a new IRB protocol.
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 identify your goals and the expectations of your audience so you can craft an effective 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.
This workshop offers strategies to help you read and write literature reviews. During the session, you will learn how an understanding of narrative structure and effective use of transitional words and phrases can help you map out your ideas and write literature reviews that are clear, accurate, and engaging. Participants will have the opportunity to practice understanding the structure of literature reviews in sample scholarly articles so you can approach your next literature review with confidence.
When asked what makes a piece of writing good, oftentimes the answer is, "It just flows." But what does that mean? This workshop unpacks what it means for text to "flow" and identifies strategies to help you improve your project's organization, transitional elements, and progression of ideas. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to work in groups to apply strategies for reorganizing a project's paragraphs, developing strategic and effective transitions, and varying sentence structure to create an overall rhythm to their writing.
This workshop helps you determine what makes self-editing and proofreading so difficult and offers you strategies for polishing your work so that you communicate clearly. Participants will practice a range of strategies together and individually; you will have time to edit and proofread your own writing, so bring a draft of a current writing project with you.
This workshop will help participants 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.