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 is an overview of the services The Writing Center offers. This presentation is often given in conjunction with workshops (e.g. WC Intro with Peer Response workshop). If instructors are seeking only a Writing Center Introduction, they may bring their class to the Center and do not have to submit a workshop request.
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.
Resources: Students will need to bring their own research and have access to computers. Presenters will need access to a computer-connected projector.
When to schedule: Students should have already collected research and begun the writing process at the time of this workshop.
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, students break into groups and spend the majority of this workshop offering peer response feedback to 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.
Resources: Students will need to bring a rough draft of the assignment.
When to schedule: This workshop should be scheduled to allow students ample time (around a week or so) to revise following the workshop.
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 learn techniques for providing feedback, then 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 does not allow sufficient time for small group peer response sessions. The fishbowl workshop is an excellent way to introduce students to peer response and prepare them for a separate class period of peer focused around their own writing (and potentially guided with a Peer Response Facilitation workshop).
Resources: If possible, please provide a sample paper for the class to review together. Consultants will need access to a projector-connected computer.
When to schedule: This workshop is most useful when held soon before the class engages in peer review with a rough draft.
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.
Resources: Presenters will need access to a project-connected computer.
When to schedule: This workshop is appropriate at any time during the writing process.
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 for more information by emailing email@example.com. Please allow at least 3 weeks for the creation of custom workshops.
Check out our WOMBAT workshop series. What's a WOMBAT? Writing Ordeals Made Better and Terrific-er! These stand-alone workshops are for anyone who is thinking about or engaging in ANY kind of writing and communication. They're brought to you by the Writing Center, where we take making meaning seriously and believe we should have fun in the process. Contact the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-255-4336 for more information.