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UNDERGRADUATE

For workshops held at the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library, registration is recommended; however, we encourage interested students to drop by the workshop, as last-minutes spots can open up.  Scroll down for link to the QLC registration page:

Writing Effective Thesis Statements

If the word ‘thesis’ doesn’t inspire confidence and excitement, maybe this workshop is for you! If you’d like to know more about what ‘a clear and effective thesis’  really is, register early through the Queen’s Learning Commons website to participate in a highly instructive workshop with our expert academic staff. Among several important aspects of creating a thesis, You’ll learn how to:

  1. Identify common missteps in thesis construction.
  2. Use smart strategies to develop and revise a thesis.
  3. Apply a what/how/why model to evaluate the strength and clarity of your thesis.

You and your instructors will be very glad you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity!

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, September 18, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

How to Write Your First University Essay  (no registration required)

You’re probably a good writer (you got into Queen’s!) but the expectations you met so well in high school may differ significantly from the expectations your university instructors will have. This workshop will boost your confidence in essay writing by presenting details on what to do before you write, how to structure what you write, and how to ensure your essay is polished before it goes to meet its marker!

You and your instructors will be very glad you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity!

This workshop is offered twice:

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dupuis Auditorium

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dupuis Auditorium

Effective Writing for First-Year Science Students (no registration required)

Wondering about how to write a lab report? Not sure if your style meets university expectations for science writing? Attend this Writing Centre workshop and learn how to

  1. Format a lab report
  2. Identify conventions of science writing
  3. Use effective pre-writing, writing, and re-writing strategies

You and your instructors will be very glad you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity!

This workshop is offered once:

Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.
Dupuis Auditorium

Constructing Clear and Focused Paragraphs

A paragraph is just a rectangular block of text, right? Er, not entirely. You’ll be writing a lot (maybe hundreds) of these throughout your academic career and possibly the rest of your life, so knowing how a good paragraph works is critical. Register early through the Queen’s Learning Commons website to participate in a highly instructive workshop with our expert academic staff to learn how to

  1. Apply the what/how/why model to create strong body paragraphs.
  2. Select from a variety of transitional strategies to strengthen the flow of your writing.
  3. Determine when a paragraph is working well, or when it has sunk to a rectangular block of text.

You and your instructors will be very glad you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity!

This workshop will be offered once:

Thursday, October 23, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Using Sources Effectively and Avoiding Plagiarism

You think it’s your idea but you’re not…quite…sure. Did it come from something you read? Something your instructor said? To avoid even accidentally plagiarizing, you need to know how to give credit where credit is due, and to make sure your sources are credible, too. Register early through the Queen’s Learning Commons website to participate in a highly instructive workshop with our expert academic staff to learn how to:

  1. Evaluate the reliability of a source.
  2. Judge whether you need to use a quotation, a paraphrase or a summary.
  3. Differentiate between an effective paraphrase and plagiarism.

Don’t let orange be your new black; you and your instructors will be very glad you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity.

This workshop is offered once:

Wednesday, October 29, 2:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Perfectionism in Writing (co-presented with Learning Strategies)

Everyone wants to produce quality writing, but sometimes perfectionism can stop you from being creative, working to your schedule, or even getting the task done by the deadline.  This workshop will provide strategies to help you harness your creativity and overcome perfectionism when writing.

You and your instructors will be very glad you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity!

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, November 13, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Click here to register for undergraduate workshops

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GRADUATE

 

Expanding Horizons: How to Write a Literature Review

Locating, synthesizing, and evaluating existing research on a topic are skills that graduate students use often in their dissertation-writing.  And these skills are also important to a professional career, whether in academia or industry.  This workshop will focus on methods of conducting and then integrating a literature review into a thesis in a purposeful and meaningful way.  In addition, you will earn techniques for ensuring that your literature review is not just a list of existing scholarship but an integral part of your thesis that benefits both you and your readers.

Wednesday, November 5, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Gordon 325A (Career Services)

Click here to register for graduate workshops

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STAFF

 

Human Resources: Business Writing Basics

Wednesday, December 10, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mac-Corry B176 (Faculty and Staff Learning Facilities)

Click here to register for Staff workshops: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/apps/training/

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CLASS-SPECIFIC

 

History 390
Tuesday, November 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Music 475
Thursday, October 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location TBA

Geography 220
Friday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Walter Light Auditorium

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 REQUEST A WORKSHOP

The Writing Centre offers workshops tailored to individual group needs. Please note that the Writing Centre requires at least two weeks’ notice to tailor a workshop to your group. Click here to Request a Workshop.