Writing Center tutors host workshop series

Writing papers can be a difficult, tiring and stressful process for some students. There are certain aspects that students may have difficulties in whether it is citation, writing a bibliography or just knowing how to start a paper.

Fortunately, there is help for students. The writing center of Washington State University Vancouver began offering workshops that are designed to assist students become better writers in the beginning of the semester.

Some of these workshops include research and thesis development, evaluation of sources, pre-writing, writing a college length paper and a grammar workshop.

Grace Williams and Angelica DeYott, WSU students tutoring at the writing center, lead these workshops. Though Williams and DeYott frequently teach the workshops, Kandy Robertson, clinical associate professor and writing center coordinator, also gets involved.

So far the writing center has offered four different types of workshops. Williams and DeYott plan on offering a few more. “Next we have the grammar workshop coming up. That will be in a couple of weeks. It will cover grammar, common errors and how to edit your own paper.” Williams said.

The first workshop offered was the research and thesis development workshop was meant to assist college student in writing longer research papers.

The second workshop offered was evaluation of sources workshop was meant to guide students on how to “dissect” sources. During this workshop, students who attended learned how to use the library databases and learned what to look for when reading multiple books. Williams said that students who attended the event learned how to tell if the author of a particular source is educated and unbiased.

In the third workshop, which was the pre-writing workshop, students who attended learned about different ways of pre-writing. Students who attended got to try out various pre-writing techniques. “[DeYott and Williams] had several different methods that we had [students] try, and we had them come back and tell us what they thought.” DeYott said.

The fourth workshop was called “how to write a college length paper.” Students of this workshop learned about how to outline a shorter version of a college paper. Williams and DeYott showed the students two different kinds of papers, a longer paper and a shorter paper. They showed the students how they followed the outlining steps within the paper.

Though Williams and DeYott have been offering workshops around six weeks ago, DeYott mentioned that previous tutors in the writing center offered workshops similar to the ones that they are currently offering.

The workshops offered by the writing center happen twice a week, on Wednesday at 10:10 to 11 a.m. and on Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Aside from the grammar workshop, Williams and DeYott mentioned that the last workshop is the citation workshop, which will be offered during the second to the last week of the fall semester.

Williams said that she believes that the citation workshop will most likely be their most popular workshop, since they are often a major challenge for students. In the event that students are unable to attend any workshops, DeYott said that they save the handouts from the workshops so students can come in and obtain a copy when needed.

For students who have more questions about the writing center or any of the specific workshops, Grace Williams can be contacted via email at gracenoel15@gmail.com. Angelica DeYott can be contacted as well at angelica.deyott@wsu.edu. More information can be found at cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/writing-center

Photo Credit: Rob Schubert

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