Excel Writing Center

Workshops

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.

If exceptions to these rules are desired, please email wrtgcntr@uccs.edu with the word "Workshop" in the subject line.

We cannot guarantee that all workshop requests will be fulfilled. Please be patient as we do have limited staffing and resources.

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. Instructors may also bring classes on a "field trip" to the Center for this introduction. 

Length: 15 minutes.

The APA, Chicago, or MLA Citation Style workshop presents the basics of APA, Chicago, or MLA citation formatting, and addresses the relationship between plagiarism and citations using real life examples and sources. This workshop provides time for students to work on their own citations and introduces them to important resources.

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.

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. The Peer Response Facilitation workshop offers students more time to talk about their own writing than the Peer Response Fishbowl workshop. 

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 to revise between the workshop and the project's due date.

Length: 1 hour.

The Peer Response Fishbowl workshop provides students with practice in active peer response by introducing them to methods that emphasize open-ended questions and attention to higher order concerns, such as development and organization. Students learn feedback techniques and practice responding as a class to a model essay. The Peer Response Fishbowl does not allow sufficient time for small group peer response sessions. This workshop is an excellent way to introduce students to peer response and prepare them for a separate class period of peer review of their own writing.

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 before the class engages in peer review with a rough draft.

Length: 1 hour.

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 valuable at any time during the writing process.

Length: 1 hour.

The Writing Center offers custom presentations and workshops that may combine aspects of our standard workshops or draw on the particular expertise of a specific consultant. 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 wrtgcntr@uccs.edu. Please allow at least 3 weeks for the creation of custom workshops.

Length: varies.

Each semester the Writing Center offers the Excel@Writing Workshops. These workshops are offered once a semester, focus on a wide array of topics, and are designed to be utilized by all students.

Our Spring 2017 schedule is listed below:

Creative Invention 1/31 1:30-2:30PM

Suffering from writer's block? Having trouble generating new ideas? Just need time to write? Here is your answer! Join us for an evening of explorative writing. This workshop provides a relaxed atmosphere and open ended prompts. From the second you step into this workshop, you will embark on a journey through audio and visual stimuli. You will leave this workshop with a new outlook on the possibilities of inspiration in your writing process.


Close Reading 2/28 1:30-2:30PM

Do you want to understand the books you read on a deeper level? Close reading can enable you to extract more meaning from almost anything you read. This skill is essential for English majors, but can be useful in many other disciplines. The workshop will provide a basic introduction to the practice of close reading, by examining a selection of short texts and engaging in group discussion.


Craft Talk 3/20 10:30-11:30AM

Hoping to get a more in-depth look at the elements of creative writing? The Craft Talk: Perspective will focus on the elements of creating and building from point of view and perspective. To do this we must first find ways to define and describe what perspective, specifically in fiction, is. Every piece of creative writing starts with consideration of perspective and point of view, where many other elements, such as character, rely on its creation. To put this into practice we will do some free-writing in order to solidify these concepts.


Cubing 2:30-3:30PM

This workshop explores the groundbreaking brainstorming technique of Cubing. During the workshop, we will introduce Cubing, and put it into practice. Bring ideas or topics from assignments you're working, or just show up with an open mind. The cube awaits you!


Popcorn Writing 3:00-4:00PM

Calling all popcorn lovers! At this Excel @ Writing Workshop, we will further develop our knowledge of creative writing whilst honing our popcorn-consuming craft. Plan on composing a short paragraph and then trade papers with your peers to let them expand upon your story from there! We will incorporate many different writing techniques, from poetry to persuasion. There's something for everyone, and we don't discriminate based on popcorn flavor preference.


De-Stress 5/4 2:00-3:00PM

Finals week is a time where time management and sleep fall second to studying sessions and late-night coffee breaks, but this workshop aims to provide ways to de-stress during the trying times of the semester. To do this, we will discuss time management strategies and ways that we can integrate things that we enjoy into our study sessions as a way to minimize stress.

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Phone: (719) 255-4336 | Location: Columbine Hall 316
Director: Matthew Balk, Ph.D. | Phone: (719) 255-4335 | mbalk@uccs.edu
 
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