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. 

Upcoming Workshops

Writing in Graduate School: Back to Basics
Summer 2014 dates TBA

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.

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APA Style and Formatting: A Primer
Summer 2014 dates TBA

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.

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Click here to register
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Clear, Coherent, Concise: Principles of Effective Writing
Summer 2014 dates TBA

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.

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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.)