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.

If you would like to attend one of our upcoming online workshops, send us an RSVP.

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.

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.

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.

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. Dive in without hesitation!

How to Overcome Procrastination

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

Literature Review

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

MLA Documentation

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

Planning Your Paper

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

Professional Writing

This workshop provides tips on how to communicate in an appropriate, concise, direct, and personal yet professional manner.

Revise, Edit, and Proofread

Come learn helpful strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading your writing projects, as well as several ways to get outside feedback.

Write Away!

Multilingual students! You are invited to attend this unique workshop series that is part writing support and part social gathering.

Graduate Workshops

If you would like to attend one of our upcoming online graduate workshops, send us an RSVP.

Doctoral Workshop: Planning Your Dissertation

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 will provide a brief overview of the candidacy and dissertation writing processes, offer tips on conducting preliminary research and discussing topics with doctoral advisors, and conclude with suggestions for effective note-taking and management of dissertation-related information.

Doctoral Workshop: Proposal Writing

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 will include 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 for answering student questions.

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 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 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 writing 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.

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