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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 what 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 online via zoom from 2-3:30 p.m. most Wednesdays. Dates for each workshop are listed in the Workshop Descriptions section below.

bold right facing arrowRegistration Information

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. These are simply recommendations, and you can register for all of the workshops in a track or pick and choose which workshops you wish to attend throughout the semester. Track and session descriptions are below. Registration for tracks and individual sessions will open approximately 3 weeks prior to the sessions. To register, please click the links below:

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 will be unable to attend or register for subsequent Office of University events until you speak with a member of the Office of University staff.

bold right facing arrowWhat to Expect

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 receive feedback or assistance via consultation with the workshop facilitator. Participants are not required to stay for the final 30 minutes if they do not have their own project they wish to work on.

Track Descriptions:

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 Managing Large Projects; Crafting Powerful Personal Statements; Developing Job Materials;  and Editing and Proofreading Your Own Work.

Track 2: Writing Academic Papers
This track features workshops designed to help with the challenges of writing academic papers and includes Managing Large Projects; Paraphrasing, Annotating, and Summarizing; Writing Literature Reviews; and Introduction to Common Citation Styles (APA and MLA).

Track 3: Research Communication
Workshops in this track provide support for your research and grant writing endeavors. Sessions include Writing Research Abstracts; Writing an Effective IRB Protocol; Visual Communication for Research; and Grant Writing for Beginners.

Track 4: Working with Sentences
Workshops in this track are designed to focus on common sentence-level issues. Sessions include Paraphrasing, Annotating, and Summarizing; Organization and “Flow” in Writing; and Editing and Proofreading Your Own Work.

WoW Wednesdays Workshop 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 skills needed to finish their project.
This workshop is for anyone planning on applying for Auburn’s 2020 This is Research Symposium or another conference or scholarly opportunity. During the workshop, we will discuss the features of effective abstracts, examine successful examples, and give you time to compose and receive feedback on your abstract. Please come with a draft of your abstract, or else bring your research materials so you can write a new one.
This workshop clarifies what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to using sources in your academic projects 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.
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.
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 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 apply these strategies by analyzing scholarly articles so you can approach your next literature review with confidence.
This introductory workshop will focus on two of the most common citation styles: APA and MLA. During this session, we'll discuss why different citation styles are used in academic writing and practice incorporating and formatting a range of common sources. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain assistance while working on their own projects during the last 30 minutes of the workshop.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.