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Workshops

Every semester, the Writing Center offers a variety of free workshops that are open to all APU students, faculty, and staff. The Writing Center’s workshops address challenging areas of the writing process, including avoiding procrastination, getting started, argument, and revision.

For more information, visit our calendar, email writingcenterstaff@apu.edu, or call the Writing Center at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3141.

Writing Center 101

Learn how to get the most out of this excellent (and free) resource! We will discuss everything from how to make an appointment to what a Writing Center appointment looks like.

Scheduling Your Semester

Bring your syllabi to this hands-on workshop and learn how to plan your semester by allowing time to work through the writing process for each of your major assignments.

The Blank Page

Get started and write productively with practical brainstorming and drafting strategies that will help you move past your insecurities and/or perfectionism in order to write quickly and without self-censorship.

The Art of Argument

In this workshop, we will go over the basics of writing arguments, including thesis statements, premises, evidence, audience, and addressing the counterargument.

How to Revise, Edit, and Proofread Your Own Work

In this workshop we will discuss strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading your writing projects, as well as several ways to get outside feedback.

APA Documentation

Join us to learn the documentation style used in social sciences such as psychology, nursing, and education, as well as the natural sciences.

MLA Documentation

This workshop covers aspects of the documentation style most often used in the liberal arts and humanities.

Graduate Workshops

Schedule Writing into Your Busy Life

Learn how to schedule writing into your day with realistic and regular goals that will cut down on procrastination and eliminate that persistent feeling of guilt. By allowing time to work through the writing process, you will create better arguments with stronger and smoother prose and eliminate the majority of your sentence-level errors. We will also cover how to use your Google Calendar (free with your APU or any Gmail account) to schedule writing, set tasks, receive reminders and alerts, and get a handle on your complicated life. Bring a laptop or tablet, if possible.

How to Become a Productive Writer

Writing is a major part of any master’s or doctoral program, as well as most careers. In this workshop, you will learn how to brave the blank page with practical brainstorming and drafting strategies that will help you start confidently. We will also discuss tips and tools you can use to move past insecurity and/or perfectionism in order to become a productive writer who works quickly and without self-censorship. Write that major paper. Finish your dissertation. We can help.

Revision Strategies for Graduate Students and Working Professionals

In this workshop, we will cover several strategies for revising with an eye toward organization and transitions, editing in order to make your prose sound better, and proofreading to catch sentence-level errors. Discussion topics will range from small projects such as emails and cover letters to articles and dissertation chapters. We will also cover the 10 most common errors, so you will know what to look for when proofreading. Come gain tools that you will use throughout the rest of your education and career.