The Writing Center offers a variety of free workshops that are available to all APU students, faculty, and staff. All of the Writing Center’s scheduled workshops are conducted as live-streamed online sessions. If you would like to attend one of our upcoming scheduled workshops, send us an RSVP.

We also have an archive of previous workshops available as online videos. If you would like to view any of our workshop recordings, visit our graduate writing website. For the current workshop schedule, visit our calendar.

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.

Documentation and Style Workshops

APA Documentation
October 17, 5-6 p.m.
November 9, 12-1 p.m.
December 5, 5-6 p.m.

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

Chicago Documentation
November 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
December 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Covers the footnote-based documentation format often used in political science and business courses, as well as in other fields. Click to join.

MLA Documentation
November 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This workshop covers the basics of the documentation style most often used in the liberal arts and humanities. Click to join.

SBL Documentation
November 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This workshop covers the basics of the documentation style most often used in biblical studies. Click to join.

Grammar Workshops

Punctuation Matters!

This workshop offers students the opportunity to review and practice the many rules about punctuation.

Verb Problems and Solutions

This workshop provides an overview of how to use proper verb tense, offers solutions for problems with subject/verb agreement, and shares tips on how to avoid incorrect use of passive voice.

Other Workshops

The Art of Argument
November 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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

Improving Your Academic Writing Style and Grammar
October 13, 5-6:30 p.m.

This workshop explores editing for word orders that better indicate the structure of complex academic thoughts. Click to join.

Literature Review
October 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This workshop covers the basics of how to write a thorough literature review while providing tips on organizing your research. Click to join.

Planning Your Paper

This workshop offers strategies to help students successfully envision and begin their writing projects with ease.

Tips for Multilingual Writers

In this workshop, students learn important components of writing academically for a North American audience.

Graduate Workshops

Doctoral Workshop Series 1: Planning Your Dissertation
October 24, 5:30-7 p.m.

This online workshop focuses on how to efficiently craft and write a doctoral dissertation. It is primarily aimed at second- and third-year doctoral students who have completed substantial coursework in their program but have not yet completed their qualifying exams or drafted a dissertation proposal/prospectus. It provides a brief overview of the candidacy and dissertation writing processes, offers tips on conducting preliminary research and discussing topics with doctoral advisors, and concludes with suggestions for effective note-taking and management of dissertation-related information. Click to join.

Doctoral Workshop Series 2: Proposal Writing
November 7, 5:30-7 p.m.

This online workshop is primarily aimed at doctoral students who have completed their primary coursework and are writing or preparing to write their dissertation proposal. It includes an overview of the general structure of the proposal, proposal-specific writing tips, and an overview of related resources at APU. Approximately half of the workshop time is allocated to answering student questions. Click to join.

Doctoral Workshop Series 3: IRBs and Research Methods
November 15, 5:30-7 p.m.

This online workshop is designed for doctoral students who are planning the research phase of their dissertation, especially students who anticipate gathering primary data from human subjects. Drs. Considine and Bonney discuss common questions about IRB applications, selecting research methodologies, and best practices for timely review and protecting participants. Click to join.

Doctoral Workshop Series 4: Results, Conclusions, and Revisions
December 6, 5:30-7 p.m.

This online workshop provides tips and best practices for writing the final chapters of a doctoral dissertation. Designed for use by doctoral students who have completed their research and are writing their results and conclusions chapters, revising proposal chapters to reflect the final study, and otherwise working on the final stages of their dissertation process. Click to join.

Schedule Writing into Your Busy Life

Learn how to schedule writing into your day with realistic and regular goals that cut down on procrastination and eliminate that persistent feeling of guilt. By allowing time to work through the writing process, you create better arguments with stronger and smoother prose and eliminate the majority of your sentence-level errors. We 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 learn how to brave the blank page with practical brainstorming and drafting strategies that help you start confidently. We also discuss tips and tools to help you 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 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 range from small projects such as emails and cover letters to articles and dissertation chapters. We also cover the 10 most common writing errors, so you know what to look for when proofreading. Come gain tools you will use throughout the rest of your education and career.