Writing Center Workshops
The Writing Center at Penn State Great Valley offers free, periodic workshops on topics and trends in academic and business writing. All graduate students, regardless of division or English fluency, are welcome to attend.
Workshops are developed and facilitated by Erica Vinskie, writing support specialist. Contact Vinskie at GVWritingCenter@psu.edu. All events are free, and refreshments are provided.
Writing in Graduate School: Back to Basics
January 29, January 30, and March 18
5:00 - 5:55 p.m.
Covering thesis statements, argument development, and use of research sources, this workshop serves as a refresher course in academic writing. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their projects. Refreshments provided.
Click here to register for Wednesday, January 29 workshop (Register by January 28)
Click here to register for Thursday, January 30 workshop (Register by January 28)
Click here to register for Tuesday, March 18 workshop (Register by March 17)
APA Style and Formatting: A Primer
February 5, February 6, and March 19
5:15 - 5:55 pm.
Many courses at Penn State Great Valley require use of American Psychological Association (APA) editorial style. This mini-workshop surveys the style guidelines and formatting rules of the most recent edition of the APA manual. Participants receive useful APA resources.
Click here to register for Wednesday, February 5 workshop (Register by February 3)
Click here to register for Thursday, February 6 workshop (Register by February 3)
Click here to register for Wednesday, March 19 workshop (Register by March 17)
New for Spring 2014
Clear, Coherent, Concise: Principles of Effective Writing
April 2 and April 3
5:00 - 5:55 p.m.
A readable writing style depends less on talent and more on careful crafting of sentences and paragraphs. This workshop presents techniques to transform weak, wordy writing that stumbles into precise, powerful prose that flows. Refreshments provided.
Click here to register for Wednesday, April 2 workshop
Click here to register for Thursday, April 3 workshop
Register for either date by March 31
PowerPoint Presentations from Past Workshops
Writing in Graduate School: Back to Basics (Click here for complete presentation.)
I. The Forms of Academic Writing
II. Developing an Argument
III. Writing in a Clear & Cohesive Style
IV. Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Sources
APA Styling & Formatting (Click here for pdf of presentation.)