Workshops

The Writing Center and The Speaking Studio offer a variety of workshops for students, faculty, and staff and are an opportunity to learn more about specific writing and speaking topics.

They are usually small and informal. We discuss different topics such as critical analyses, research papers, essay exams, resumes, personal statements, revision and brainstorming. We offer most of our workshops by request (for specific courses, student groups, departments) and are happy to custom design a workshop to suit your needs.


Scheduled Workshops

  • Writing and Researching the Dissertation (with Olin Library)

    In this session participants will learn how to effectively manage dissertation writing and research. Writing Center staff will provide writing strategies and tips for time management and librarians will show how to create a plan for obtaining resources. Visit Washington University Libraries for date, time, and location.

  • Pre-Health Personal Statements

    In partnership with Cornerstone and the Engineering Communications Center, The Writing Center offers personal statement workshops for students applying to medical school and other professional schools in health-related fields. The workshop provides students with brainstorming strategies, insider information on the qualities of an effective personal statement, and examples of good and sub-par statements. All students who attend the workshops will also be scheduled to meet one-on-one with an experienced professional writing tutor to discuss their drafts. The workshops are appropriate for juniors, seniors and post-baccalaureate students applying to medical, dental or veterinary school this year. This workshop is offered five times throughout the academic year. Visit Cornerstone for dates, times, and locations.


Workshops Available Upon Request

The Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Thesis

In this workshop, you will learn techniques for generating ideas, as well as how to find a thesis in the midst of all that brainstorming. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing and Revising Essays

This workshop will focus on methods and ideas for strengthening and clarifying your writing through the process of revision. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

The Basics of Excellent Public Speaking

The best public speakers are memorable because they have something to say and an engaging way of saying it. We’ll look at the public speaking process from draft to delivery and provide tips and techniques to help you prepare, practice and deliver an effective oral presentation. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing about Literature: How to Write a Critical Literary Analysis

This workshop will discuss ways of critically analyzing literary works, as well as how to move beyond analysis to argument, and from argument to an effective and persuasive draft. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Using PowerPoint as an Effective Public Speaking Tool

Love it or hate it, today’s speakers are often expected to use PowerPoint. In this workshop, we will focus on suggestions to help you use PowerPoint as an effective tool to support the goals of your presentation. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing a Research Paper I: Conducting Research (with Olin Library)

In this workshop, a tutor from The Writing Center and a reference librarian from Olin Library will provide tips on choosing a topic, formulating a thesis, working with sources and developing an outline. They will also cover planning a research strategy and using the library’s resources to conduct thorough and effective research. Available to courses, student groups and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing Essay Exams

In this workshop, you will learn several techniques for writing essay exams in any discipline. Available to courses, student groups and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing a Research Paper II: Drafting the Paper

This workshop will focus on the process of drafting a research paper. The peer tutors in The Writing Center have developed this workshop in order to answer the questions they had when they first began writing research papers. Not surprisingly, their questions are similar to the questions many students ask:

  • What should I do with all of this information I’ve collected?
  • How do I come up with an interesting thesis?
  • How can I organize my ideas?

Come to this workshop to hear how several Washington University students have successfully managed the problems of writing a research paper! Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Improving Style: Writing for Clarity and Grace

What makes a sentence a pleasure to read? What makes it seem not only reasonable but also truly passionate and persuasive? The best sentences – the ones worth remembering – have two essential qualities: clarity and grace. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for expressing ideas in clear, graceful sentences. We will locate tangled passages and revise them for clarity and conciseness. We will also discuss how to develop a more graceful writing style. Come to this workshop if you would like to learn how to write sentences that your reader will remember. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing a Resume (with the Career Center)

In this workshop, offered in collaboration with the Career Center, get advice for creating a strong resume. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

Writing a Personal Statement

Whether for a job or graduate school, an effective personal statement can make a difference. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for writing a clear, focused and interesting personal statement. Available to courses, student groups, and campus offices and departments upon request.

If you have ideas for workshops you would like to see offered, please contact us or email writing@wustl.edu.