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“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. Workshops are offered face-to-face in the RBD Library or virtually over Zoom on most Wednesdays from 2:00 –3:30 p.m.The first hour of each workshop will feature instruction and practice opportunities, while the remaining half hour is reserved for participants to work on their own projects and ask questions.

Registration will open approximately three weeks in advance. Click on the links below to register.

Creating Powerful Personal Statements – March 24

Organization and “Flow” in Writing – March 31

Editing and Proofreading Your Own Work – April 7

Grant Writing for Beginners – April 14

WoW Descriptions

Reading at the college or graduate level is challenging, and this workshop will help you develop strategies for understanding difficult material. We’ll demonstrate how exploring, challenging, and unpacking difficult texts in writing can help you read with understanding and provide time for you to practice these strategies on texts from your own classes or research. Bring material you find difficult to read for the practice session.
This workshop will discuss personal brand, which is theunique combination of skills, experiences, and values that set you apart from other job or graduate school candidates. Participants will learn what makes a personal brand effective, identify their personal brand, and incorporate this information into different types of application materials. Bring copies of your resume, CV, cover letter, personal statement, LinkedIn profile, ePortfolio, or other application materialsto use duringthe work time.
This workshop is foranyone planning onsubmitting a research abstract for an academic conference or scholarly opportunity, such as the 2021 Auburn Research: Student Symposium. We’ll discuss the features of effective abstracts, examine successful examples, and give you time to compose and receive feedback on your abstract. Come with a draft of your abstract or bring your research materials so you can write a new one.
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. Come witha writing project so you can practicemindfulness strategies such as meditative pauses, regular progress tracking, and reflective journaling.
Writing an email to a professor, advisor, or potential employer requiresmore 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 will focus on helping you communicate in a professional manner and provides specific strategies for crafting effective, well-edited, professional emails.
This workshop will helpyou think critically about what it means to use sources in academic projects so you can use them effectively 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. Bring a writing project to work on.
This workshop will offer strategies to help you read and write literature reviews. We’lldiscusshow 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. You’llalsopractice understanding the structure of literature reviews in sample scholarly articles so you can approach your next literature review with confidence.
If you’re currently writing an IRB protocol or want to learn more about the process, join us! This workshop will help you gain a better understanding of strategies for writing IRB protocols and common issues to avoid. Members of the IRB will be available to answer questions, and you will have the opportunity to peer review your IRB protocol draft or draft a new IRB protocol.
If you need to write a personal statement for a scholarship, graduate or professional school application, or other endeavor, join us for this workshop before you submit your application. This workshop will helpyou identify your goals and the expectations of your audience so you can craft an effective personal statement. Time to compose and revise your personal statement will be provided, so bring your draft or notes with you andleave with strategies that will help you finalize your piece.
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 will help you determine what makes self-editing and proofreading so difficult and offeryou 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.