For the spring 2021 semester, all Jones White Writing Center Wednesday
Workshops will take place over Zoom. All workshops will be held on
Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. via this Zoom link. Workshop attendees can request attendance vouchers. For questions about our workshops, please email us at email@example.com.
Writing Your Literature Review
Level: Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate
This workshop helps students understand the value of a literature
review and offers strategies for how to effectively write one at the
graduate level. It covers structuring a literature review, reading
strategies, organization strategies, writing strategies,
synthesis, and appropriate citation strategies (APA).
Avoiding Plagiarism, Addressing Patchwriting, and Ethical Citation Practices
This workshop covers advanced citation practices for including
avoiding plagiarism, avoiding patchwriting (inappropriate paraphrase, a
common misunderstanding), addressing self-citation and more.
MLA Documentation (8th Edition)
This workshop introduces the MLA documentation style (8th edition),
including how to quote and summarize from an original source. It’s a
hands-on workshop in which students see examples and do exercises.
Topics include citing within the text, using signal
phrases, creating the Works Cited page, and documenting online sources.
In this workshop, students are introduced to the APA documentation
style (7th edition), including how to quote and summarize from an
original source. It’s a hands-on workshop in which students see examples
and do exercises on their computers. Topics include
citing within the text, using signal phrases, creating the References
page, and documenting online sources.
DIY Personal Statements
Personal statements are an important component of applying to jobs,
internships, or graduate schools. This workshop will help students plan
and write a draft of a personal statement.
Most students will need a résumé at some point during or after their
college years, and they can learn new features in MS Word that will make
their résumé distinctive. Students can get started on one during this
workshop, or polish up one they’ve already
Cover Letter Workshop
Undergraduate/Graduate – Business Writing Series
This workshop introduces students to writing an effective cover
letter. After reviewing models of successful cover letters, we’ll
discuss the purpose of the cover letter, how to tailor a cover letter to
fit a specific job, and how to highlight relevant
experiences. Students will get a chance to draft a cover letter for
Principles of Scientific Communication in STEM Fields
Description: This workshop provides a thorough introduction
to effective communication in the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. We cover common genres in STEM
(research report, lab report), typical audiences, and
basic principles (clarity, technical accuracy, brevity).
Writing your IRB Application
Co-sponsored by the IUP Institutional Review Board, this workshop
will cover strategies for successfully writing an IRB application for
engaging in human subjects research at IUP. The workshop will cover the
major sections of writing the IRB application
and the IRB process.
Interactive Workshop: Synthesizing Sources, Building and Refining Arguments, and Writing Literature Reviews
For this interactive workshop, participants are asked to bring a
working draft of a literature review you are currently working on and
learn a variety of techniques for effective source synthesis, argument
building, and organizing your literature review.
Proofreading Your Work
This workshop helps students build the kinds of careful reading
skills that are needed to proofread their papers, including reading
slowly, using A Writer’s Reference, and following rules of thumb.
Introduction to Grant Writing for Academics
In this two-hour workshop, Writing Center Director Dana Driscoll will
walk you through the basics of finding and submitting a successful
grant proposal. We’ll discuss major grant databases and finding grants,
knowing how you are a “good fit” for a grant,
sections of the grant, timelines, and tips for writing.