THE ARTS CENTRE FOR ACADEMIC WRITING COURSES
The Centre is offering a number of group workshops dealing with the major elements of effective essay writing. All Arts students are welcome to enrol. We ask that you announce these course offerings to your classes.
THE REGISTRATION DATES FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING GROUP WORKSHOPS WILL BE POSTED IN THE CENTRE, ROOM S329, ROSS. STUDENTS ARE ADVISED THAT SPACE FILLS QUICKLY SO THAT SPEEDY ENROLMENT IS NECESSARY.
A. ESSAY 101
This workshop is a primer for essay writing. It will look at the journey from the writer-focused rough draft to the reader-focused essay, and offer strategies for each step along the way. Monday February 25 @ 1:30 OR Thursday February 28 @ 2:30.
B. HOW TO DEVELOP A THESIS
This one-hour session will help you get a good start on your essays. Learn how to develop an effective thesis statement that tells the reader where you are headed. Wednesday February 27 @ 10:30 OR Monday February 28 @ 10:30.
C. ELIMINATING BASIC SENTENCE ERRORS
Do your essays come back with comments such as sentence fragment, run-on sentence, comma splice, or short choppy sentences? Learn to recognize and correct some of the most common errors of sentence structure. Monday February 25 @ 12:30 OR Tuesday February 26 @ 12:30.
D. COMMAS AND CONJUNCTIONS
A sentence rises or falls on commas and conjunctions. This session will reveal what they are and what they do. Thursday February 28 @ 1:30.
E. EFFECTIVE BUSINESS WRITING STRATEGIES
This short course is meant to give you some tips for becoming a more concise and effective
business writer, using the principle of plain writing for your audience in American standard vernacular English. Thursday February 28 @ 12:30.
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F. EFFECTIVE EDITING
Do you lose precious essay marks due to grammatical and stylistic errors? The Effective Editing Workshop will teach you to analyze your work logically and systematically to improve the quality and consistency of all your academic assignments. You will learn to assess content, correct common errors and proof-read for accuracy. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring a writing sample and be ready to use what you learn right away! Wednesday February 27 @ 1:30.
G. EFFECTIVE WEB SEARCHING STRATEGIES
In this workshop, we will work on search strategies to find potentially useful resources for research papers. We will focus on reviewing some internet searching sites, looking at the basic differences between search engines and directories, and trying several effective search strategies, in particular with Google. Finally, we will suggest some techniques for organizing and managing complex searches. Tuesday February 26 @ 11:30.
H. ESSENTIALS OF DIGITAL REFERENCING
This module applies the concepts of bibliographic citation and cocumentation to digital and electronic sources. We offer a basic understanding of the requirements for academic citation. We will provide a number of examples in the two most common referencing styles, MLA and APA. Our presentation will also familiarize students with RefWorks, the online York Libraries-based referencing software. Wednesday February 27 @ 12:30.
J. INTEGRATING WORD IN THE WRITING PROCESS
In this workshop we consider the effective use of several digital tools and modes offered by Microsoft Word for academic writing. The objective is to explain the benefits of word processing in academic writing to demonstrate the potential of this computer-based medium. We follow the four principles that the process of writing is individual, that successful writers write recursively, they revise their work, and they share their writing. Wednesday February 27 @ 2:30.
K. EVALUATING WEB SOURCES FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
In this workshop we will demonstrate successful strategies for evaluating the credibility of internet sources that students will encounter. We will introduce a set of criteria for classification that will enable students to quickly and easily rank the quality and potential usefulness of electronic resources. Thursday February 28 @ 11:30.
Students are welcome to enrol in any one or all of the above mini-courses, but please remind them that their signature is their commitment to attend.
For a copy of this flyer go to http://www.arts.yorku.ca/caw