Workshop and Events

The Learning Center holds two to three skill-building workshops a month during the academic year. Regular topics include Time Management, Structuring an Argument, Research Writing, Professional Writing, and Oral Presentations. Fall 2014 dates will soon be posted.

Workshops meet at the University Learning Center, 66 West 12th Street, 6th floor, unless otherwise specified. Reservations are not required but are recommended, as space is limited. To make a reservation, email or call 212.229.5121.

Descriptions of the workshops appear below. 

Time Management      This workshop will be held twice:

Friday, September 5, at 12:00 noon in the University Center, room 205
Thursday, October 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 620

Effective time management is a key not only to academic and professional success but to enjoyment of the writing process. Learn practical strategies that will help you better plan and budget your time, overcome procrastination, and feel in control of your written work. The final 30 minutes of this 90-minute workshop are devoted to an interactive exercise in which you learn how to block your week according to your schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring their class syllabi.

Presenters: Emma Komlos-Hrobsky and Tamara Oyola

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Don't Write Like a Graduate Student: A Workshop on Style and Clarity   

Wednesday, September 10, at 4:00 p.m. at 66 West 12th Street, room 715

Learn to shed the amateur style that can weaken your writing. This workshop reveals the importance of clarity, identifies problems common in graduate student writing, and discusses ways to improve your style. Please bring short examples of your own academic writing. This workshop is open only to students currently enrolled in master's and doctoral programs.

Presenter: Pete Galambos

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Writing Research Papers      This workshop will be held twice:

Thursday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. at 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618
Thursday, October 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the University Center, room 620

Writing a research paper is less intimidating if you break the process down into steps. This workshop walks you through every stage of the process, from developing an angle for your paper to gathering sources to drafting and revising your work.

Presenters: Ryan Gustafson

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Structuring an Essay

Wednesday, September 24, at 12:00 noon in the University Center, room 515

For most academic essays, you are expected to make a strong claim and support it throughout the paper with relevant evidence and analysis—easy, right? In this workshop, we review the characteristics of a strong, debatable argument and discuss ways to build and support it throughout an essay. Feel free to bring assignment topics you will be working on, as we will develop at least two sample outlines together using the methods and tips discussed.

Presenters: Jeannie Kahaney and Jaclyn Lovell

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Write with Authority: A Workshop on Citation and Authorial Voice

Thursday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m. at 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Integrating external sources into your writing is a tricky but necessary business. Join graduate writing tutor Max Tremblay for a discussion of effective strategies for ensuring that your references serve your claims. Students are encouraged to bring examples they are grappling with and prepare questions. This workshop is open only to students currently enrolled in master's and doctoral programs.

Presenter: Max Tremblay

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Formal Analysis

Tuesday, October 14, at 3:00 p.m. at 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

In this workshop, we consider the formal elements of art—color, composition, line—and the way they create effect and meaning in a piece. Through hands-on activities, learn what questions to ask when analyzing and writing about a piece and how to build upon your observations. This workshop prepares you to answer questions such as: How does Picasso's The Old Guitarist convey melancholy? Is Van Gogh’s The Night Café an inviting place? Why or why not?

Presenter: Jeannie Kahaney

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

A Creative Approach to Critical Voice 

Learn how to think critically about your readings and develop original ideas and arguments. Through a close reading exercise, this workshop helps you feel more comfortable with language, develop personal style and perspective, and write with greater authority on your topics.

Presenter: Jaclyn Lovell 

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Oral Presentations

Whether you are a confident public speaker or fearful of speaking in front of an audience, this workshop can help you develop your oral presentation skills. The workshop leader demonstrates and discusses techniques for engaging an audience and feeling comfortable and confident in front of even the toughest crowds. We recommend that you bring a work-in-progress, such as a class presentation, to practice with.

Presenter: Jeannie Kahaney

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Professional Writing

Whether in cover letters or emails, writing is often the form in which your ideas and credentials are first communicated to others in professional settings. This workshop can help you refine your professional writing in order to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and prospective employers alike.

Presenter: Victoria Somogyi  

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

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