Events

Writing Center Workshops

Our workshops aren’t just about writing. They’re about curiosity and imagination, using sources, expressing ideas, being creative, and thinking critically.

Led by experienced Writing Center consultants and administrators, each 50-minute session offers an opportunity to work interactively on a particular writing skill or type of writing. Students don’t need to do anything to prepare or bring anything except themselves and their interest.

Different workshops will be held throughout each semester, with the calendar available below. We also offer workshops by request, which requires the approval of the director. We require a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 100 for each requested session. For the 2020-21 academic year, all workshops will be held on Zoom. Each covers one writing topic. Popular past workshops include:

  • Understanding Your Writing Process
  • Writing a Successful Personal Statement
  • Structuring Your Writing for Your Audience
  • Crafting Successful Reflective Writing
  • A Framework for Writing Strong Introductions, Abstracts, and Proposals

f you would like to discuss ideas for your potential workshop, please contact Brian McTague, Writing Center Director, at bjmctague@vcu.edu. Otherwise, please request a session using the form below.

We ask for at least one month's notice for all workshop requests.

Events calendar

To learn more about an upcoming Writing Center event, select a header below:

Date: Oct. 14
Time: 12-1 p.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

It can be frustrating to put so much work into a paper, only to be told it doesn’t flow or make sense. Alternately, if you’re not sure how to do these things, you may put off writing until the last minute, which often results in a rushed mess. This interactive Zoom workshop will give you the tools necessary to meet the needs of your audience by writing strong, logical, structurally-sound work.

Date: Oct. 15
Time: 7-8 p.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

Being able to show the value of a larger piece or project with a succinct, well-structured introduction, abstract, or proposal narrative can be a nerve-wracking endeavor, as you scramble to articulate your ideas in the best way possible. In this interactive Zoom workshop, we will give you the tools necessary to establish your ideas in a strong, logical way that will hook your audience and get them excited about reading more.

Date: Oct. 20
Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

It can be frustrating to put so much work into a paper, only to be told it doesn’t flow or make sense. Alternately, if you’re not sure how to do these things, you may put off writing until the last minute, which often results in a rushed mess. This interactive Zoom workshop will give you the tools necessary to meet the needs of your audience by writing strong, logical, structurally-sound work.

Date: Oct. 21
Time: 10-11 a.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

Being able to show the value of a larger piece or project with a succinct, well-structured introduction, abstract, or proposal narrative can be a nerve-wracking endeavor, as you scramble to articulate your ideas in the best way possible. In this interactive Zoom workshop, we will give you the tools necessary to establish your ideas in a strong, logical way that will hook your audience and get them excited about reading more.

Date: Oct. 23
Time: 4-5 p.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

Comics and graphic novels as a method for storytelling are exploding in popularity. Comics present certain challenges to writers of all levels, given the unique combination of visual artwork and text. This Zoom workshop aims to help you explore the written development of comics and graphic novels by providing advice and tips to script for a visual medium.

Date: Oct. 26
Time: 3-4 p.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

It can be frustrating to put so much work into a paper, only to be told it doesn’t flow or make sense. Alternately, if you’re not sure how to do these things, you may put off writing until the last minute, which often results in a rushed mess. This interactive Zoom workshop will give you the tools necessary to meet the needs of your audience by writing strong, logical, structurally-sound work.

Date: Oct. 27
Time: 6-7 p.m.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

Being able to show the value of a larger piece or project with a succinct, well-structured introduction, abstract, or proposal narrative can be a nerve-wracking endeavor, as you scramble to articulate your ideas in the best way possible. In this interactive Zoom workshop, we will give you the tools necessary to establish your ideas in a strong, logical way that will hook your audience and get them excited about reading more.

Date: Oct. 28
Time: 11 a.m.-noon.
How to join: Sign up via Zoom

Join us on Zoom to meet our staff of student writing consultants, who will collaborate with you on your journey to becoming a stronger, more efficient writer. We will introduce you to our services, discuss how we can best address your writing needs, and talk you through what to expect from a consultation, including how to connect to online Zoom sessions.

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