Workshops

Schedule for Spring 2018

Wednesday, January 24th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Working in the CWLT Informational Session

CWLT Student Panel

 

Interested in working in the CWLT? Come learn more about what it is like, directly from the source! In our Q&A session, CWLT Writing Advisors and Subject Tutors will discuss the skills they’ve gained while in the Center, answer your questions about what it’s like to work as a peer tutor, and give you some tips for your CWLT application for the 2018-19 academic year. Applications are due Friday, February 9th at 5:00 PM. Come ask your questions and get a leg-up!  

Wednesday, January 31st

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Author Talk with Paula Carter

Co-sponsored with the English Department  

 

Are you hoping to make a living from your writing after graduation? Come see Paula Carter in an author talk co-sponsored with the Puget Sound English Department. Paula will discuss both her experimental flash memoir No Relation—a deeply personal account of love, loss, and the complexity of loving children who are not her own—and her journey building a career as a freelance writer.

Wednesday, February 7th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Time Management

CWLT Student Panel

 

Efficient time management is an important personal and scholarly responsibility that often makes the difference between success and failure. It is also an extremely difficult one! Learning to balance school, work, and social commitments is one of the hardest parts of the transition to college and only gets more difficult as students get busier. In this workshop, CWLT peer Academic Consultants will be discussing the strategies they use to manage their own busy schedules and give us some tips to start the semester off right. Whether you need help getting organized for the semester, developing a better routine, or fighting procrastination, come with your questions and we’ll help you make a plan of attack!

 

Academic Consultants are also available for one-on-one appointments related to time management.

Wednesday, February 14th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Smart Skimming

CWLT Staff

 

College reading presents significant challenges, both in the amount of material assigned and in the complexity of ideas presented. Students frequently remark that they have difficulty getting through the required reading in a course, that they have problems concentrating on the material, or that they cannot remember what they have read. They are expected to learn to read selectively, but carefully, to identify passages that require close reading, and to search out the implicit structure of a text. With all the varied demands of college reading, skimming shouldn’t be considered a “cheat” or a shortcut, but a necessary tool for survival—but only if you skim well. In this workshop, CWLT Assistant Director Rachael Shelden will discuss active reading strategies that will help you read more purposefully, efficiently, and effectively. Come join us and learn how to skim smart!

 

Academic Consultants are also available for one-on-one appointments related to reading strategies.

Wednesday, February 21st

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Writing Conference Proposals

Co-sponsored with the Race and Pedagogy Institute

 

The University of Puget Sound will host its fourth quadrennial Race & Pedagogy National Conference September 27-29, 2018 focused on the theme "Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation." The call for proposals for the 2018 Race and Pedagogy National Conference is out, and we hope to receive proposals from partners across the country, from our local community, and from our own campus. In this workshop, Professors Julie Christoph and Renee Simms will provide some guidance on how put together an effective conference proposal. Even if you love to write, this genre of writing can be a little tricky—let us help you communicate your project as clearly, persuasively, and passionately as possible!

 

This workshop is open to the broader Tacoma community.

Wednesday, February 28th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Close Reading

CWLT Staff

 

The goal of college reading is to move beyond asking simply “what does it say?” to “what does it mean?” Reading and learning are by nature effortful processes, and skillful readers interact with the author by asking questions of the text as they read. In this workshop, CWLT Assistant Director Rachael Shelden will give you some concrete tools for reading between the lines of texts and engaging with their authors. The more you develop your analytical reading skills, the more you will grow in confidence to ask and answer questions of texts on your own.

 

Academic Consultants are also available for one-on-one appointments related to reading strategies.

Wednesday, March 7th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Metacognition and Self-Awareness

CWLT Student Panel

 

Have you ever noticed that the people who seem most confident about their abilities in a certain area are often surprisingly terrible? If you not, just visit your neighborhood bar for their next karaoke night (or perhaps, check out the Twitter feed of a certain celebrity-politician . . . ). Humans frequently overestimate their own expertise and, for students, this means we often have a mistaken sense of confidence in our own learning. This is why metacognition, the ability to assess our own skills, knowledge, and learning, is such an important factor to success—not only in college but in life beyond. In this workshop, a mix of CWLT peer Writing Advisors and Subject Tutors will discuss their own journeys to better self-understanding and lead us in some self-assessment and goal-setting as we prepare for midterms.

 

Need help studying for an upcoming midterm exam, writing a lab report, or revising an essay? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a CWLT peer tutor!

Wednesday, April 18th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Writing Personal Statements

Co-sponsored with the Fellowships Office

 

Are you interested in applying for graduate school or a national fellowship, like the Watson or the Fulbright? Then you will need to write a personal statement (a short, narrative essay that tells the selection committee who you are, how your interest developed, and why they should pick you for their program) as a part of your application! This genre of writing can feel slightly awkward when you're unused to it--after all, what's the line between graceful self-promotion and clumsy bragging? Whether you're feeling a little nervous to write about yourself, unsure how to distill sixteen years of schooling into 1000 words, or just want to brainstorm some ideas for your essay, this workshop will give you the tools to begin working on a persuasive personal statement!

 

Want more individualized help on your application? You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a CWLT Faculty Writing Advisor!

Wednesday, April 25th

12:00 - 1:00 PM

CWLT - Howarth 109

Writing Personal Statements

Co-sponsored with the Fellowships Office

 

Are you interested in applying for graduate school or a national fellowship, like the Watson or the Fulbright? Then you will need to write a personal statement (a short, narrative essay that tells the selection committee who you are, how your interest developed, and why they should pick you for their program) as a part of your application! This genre of writing can feel slightly awkward when you're unused to it--after all, what's the line between graceful self-promotion and clumsy bragging? Whether you're feeling a little nervous to write about yourself, unsure how to distill sixteen years of schooling into 1000 words, or just want to brainstorm some ideas for your essay, this workshop will give you the tools to begin working on a persuasive personal statement!

 

Want more individualized help on your application? You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a CWLT Faculty Writing Advisor!