The Writing Center offers a variety of workshops designed to support faculty in classrooms or students in organizations across the UCCS community. Take a look at the workshop catalog below to find which workshops best support your course plans. Please note that we are also happy to offer any of these workshops to student groups/organizations. Each interactive workshop is facilitated and led by Writing Center consultants. All workshops are one hour in length except the Writing Center Introduction, which is often paired with other workshops. To request a workshop, click the button at the bottom of this page, then fill out the Request a Workshop form. Please request workshops at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for processing.
Writing Center Introduction
The Introduction to The Writing Center workshop is an overview of the services The Writing Center offers. This workshop is often given in conjunction with other workshops (e.g. WC Intro with Peer Response workshop).
Length: 15 minutes.
Citation Style Workshops: APA, Chicago, MLA
The APA, Chicago, or MLA Citation Style workshop presents the basics of APA, Chicago, or MLA citation formatting, as well as addresses the relationship between plagiarism and citations using real life examples and sources. This workshop also provides time for students to work on their own citations and introduces them to important resources. This workshop is most useful for students when scheduled after they have already begun collecting sources and have materials of their own to work with.
Length: 1 hour.
Peer Response Facilitation Workshop
The Peer Response workshop outlines strategies for students to offer one another generative criticism on works-in-progress, both one-on-one and in small groups. First, our presenters describe and define peer response, then offer a brief mock peer response session. Finally, students break into groups and spend a good portion of this workshop practicing peer response with classmates. Presenters listen in on these conversations and offer feedback when necessary. Unlike the Peer Response Fishbowl workshop, the Peer Response Facilitation workshop offers students more time to talk about their own writing. Length: 1 hour.
Peer Response Fishbowl Workshop
The Peer Response Fishbowl workshop provides students with practice in active peer response by introducing them to peer response methods that emphasize open-ended questions and attention to higher order concerns, such as development and organization. Students practice responding as readers with a model essay (provided by the instructor or by The Writing Center) together as a class. Unlike the Peer Response Facilitation workshop, the Peer Response Fishbowl workshop provides students ample time to practice peer response methods before engaging in a peer response session with peer writing. The fishbowl workshop is an excellent way to introduce students to peer response and prepare them for a separate class period of peer response in small groups focused around their own writing (and potentially guided with a Peer Response Facilitation workshop).
Length: 1 hour.
Writing Process Workshop
The Writing Process workshop introduces students to the varied and unique processes writers experience. Our presenters provide different writing processes then ask students to map their own writing process. The goal of this workshop is to give students an awareness of their own process in the hopes that visualizing them will offer insight into where students struggle, and where they excel.
Length: 1 hour.
Custom Presentation or Workshop
The Writing Center offers custom presentations and workshops that may combine aspects of our standard workshops or request a specific consultant or group of consultants to speak to particular expertise. We are happy to work with you to create a workshop that will meet the needs of your students. We also work with student groups/organizations to create customized writing workshops. Contact our Workshop Coordinator, Sarah Hook, for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow at least 3 weeks for the creation of custom workshops.