Summer 2020 Workshops

Please read each workshop description carefully. While the Writing Center continues its transition online, each workshop is structured a little differently. Contact with any questions!


Tuesday, July 14, 12:00-1:30 PM
Access the slide presentation in Kaltura MediaSpace
*Please note that this presentation is without sound.

Want to demonstrate your good “communication skills” to a potential employer? Need to request an extension or letter of recommendation from a professor? In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to compose professionally effective emails. Along the way, we’ll have fun looking at examples of what not to do, and we’ll address your specific questions, scenarios, and concerns.


Part 1: Wednesday, July 15, 3:00-4:00 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, July 15, 4:15-5:15 PM
Access the narrated slide presentation (Part 1) in Kaltura MediaSpace

Part 1 – Come to this workshop to learn how your résumé and cover letter can help you show employers your best self. We’ll review résumé content and design, discuss the best ways to align your qualifications with the position description, and learn how to build an effective argument in your cover letter by persuading decision-makers that you are the best person for the job.

Part 2 – Part 2 of the Resumes & Cover Letters workshop builds upon, and provides an opportunity to put into practice, the principles and strategies reviewed in Part 1 by sharing drafts and providing feedback to peers. Since Part 2 is an interactive peer feedback session focusing on revising your own writing, please be ready to share a draft of your resume and/or cover letter. Registration is capped at 20 participants.


Monday, July 20, 3:00-4:30 PM
Access the slide presentation in Kaltura Mediaspace
*Please note that this presentation is without sound.

In this workshop, you will get a chance to read and discuss sample statements of teaching philosophy. We’ll talk about the purpose of the statement (“What should I communicate through this document?”), its formal conventions (“How should I organize it? What examples should I use?”), and how to craft a statement that genuinely captures your approach to teaching and learning.


Wednesday, July 22, 3:30-5:00 PM
Access the slide presentation in Kaltura MediaSpace
*Please note that this presentation is without sound.

The cover letter is where you can make the clearest, most direct case for how you are the most qualified candidate for an academic position. This workshop will introduce you to effective structures and strategies in cover letter writing. Participants will have a chance to look at and discuss sample letters, and do some drafting/revising of their own.


Part 1
No registration required
Monday, July 20-Friday, August 7
Access the narrated slide presentation in Kaltura Mediaspace

Part 2
Register (Registration deadline: Sunday, July 26)
Monday, July 27, 3:30-5:00 PM
Live, synchronous Activities & Discussion session (platform forthcoming)
Limit 15 students
Additional information for joining the session will be provided after registration.

Do you ever find it hard to “use your own words” when conveying someone else’s ideas? Do you find yourself unsure how (and even when) to paraphrase? Part 1 of this workshop will help you to consider the expectations of your audience or discipline as you adopt specific paraphrasing techniques to work with material from any source (articles, books, and more). For hands-on practice, sign up for Part 2–Paraphrase Like a Pro: Activities and Discussion Session–on Monday, July 27.

A Writer’s Retreat: Online

Register (Registration deadline: Tuesday, July 28)

Wednesday, July 29, 5:00-9:00 pm
Additional information for joining the retreat will be provided after registration.

It’s time to get moving with your term paper, dissertation, thesis, novel, research project, or other major writing project. And time is exactly what a writer’s retreat offers. Retreat participants will engage in brief goal-setting exercises followed by time to write, with Writing Center staff on hand for consultation.

Additionally, instructors have continued to make online instructional content available for the following workshops.

Please click on the title links above to access the workshop presentation and materials hosted in UW-Madison’s Kaltura MediaSpace. Please note that the workshop with an asterisk does not include sound.

If you have any questions or concerns about these online workshops, please email


The Writing Center welcomes all UW-Madison graduate students to join us on Wednesday mornings online from 9:00-12:00 to work on writing projects of any kind. Together, we will share our writing goals and accomplishments and support one another in getting a substantial amount of writing done!

For Summer 2020, the Wednesday drop-in graduate writing group will begin on Wednesday, June 17, and run through Wednesday, August 5. 

No pre-registration is required for this group. You can join the Drop-In Group on Wednesday mornings from 9:00-12:00 CST. Simply click on this link and follow the instructions there (please be sure to log in to your UW-Madison G Suite account for full access).

All Drop-In sessions will include a synchronous component, but you can still participate if you don’t have a webcam. To ensure that we can help as many writers as possible, graduate students with writing mentorships this summer are welcome to join the drop-in group.

All we ask of you is to . . .

  • Be on time and plan to stay for the entire three hours
  • Show up ready to write with a laptop and any other materials you may need
  • Consider having coffee or snacks to sustain your work throughout the morning
  • Be prepared to share your goals and accomplishments with other group members

If you have any questions about the Wednesday Drop-In Graduate Writing Group, please contact the group’s facilitator, Angela Zito, at Thanks and we hope to see you on an upcoming Wednesday!