Workshops are a quick and easy way to learn writing strategies, approaches to different genres of writing, and English language conventions. Each 90-minute workshop provides instruction, discussion, and hands-on practice. Online workshops are free and open to UW-Madison students, staff and faculty. To register for a workshop, please fill out the registration form accessible through the links for each workshop. You will receive a confirmation email for your registration as soon as you register.
On the morning of the workshop, instructions for joining the workshop on Zoom will be emailed to you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
PEER FEEDBACK: PERSONAL STATEMENTS FOR GRADUATE HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS
Are you a pre-health student drafting your personal statement this summer? You’re not alone! Join a group of your peers for a collaborative follow-up session to our “Personal Statements for Graduate Health Professions Programs” online workshop. Participants will send drafts to the group ahead of time, read through and prepare responses to each other’s work, and then meet over Zoom to identify strengths and revision strategies for each writer’s statement. A Writing Center instructor will attend to facilitate discussion and answer questions.
Limited to 6 participants per group. You will receive an email prior to the workshop with instructions for submitting your draft.
Group 1: Tuesday, May 25, 12:00-1:15 PM CST
Group 2: Wednesday, June 2, 5:00-6:15 PM CST
Group 3: Thursday, June 10, 12:00-1:15 PM CST
For more information on writing a personal statement for health professional programs, watch this video on Kaltura MediaSpace.
THE ACADEMIC JOB MARKET: WRITING STATEMENTS OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Wednesday, July 7, 1:00-2:30 PM (CST)
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.
PARAPHRASE LIKE A PRO: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY “USE YOUR OWN WORDS”
Thursday, July 8, 1:30-3:00 PM (CST)
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? 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).
WRITING RESUMES & COVER LETTERS
Monday, July 12, 3:00-4:30 PM (CST)
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.
ACADEMIC JOB MARKET: COMPOSING THE ALL-IMPORTANT COVER LETTER
Wednesday, July 14, 1:00-2:30 PM (CST)
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.
HOW TO EMAIL LIKE A PROFESSIONAL
Monday, July 19, 3:00-4:30 PM (CST)
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.
A WRITER’S RETREAT: ONLINE
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.
Instructors have continued to make online instructional content available for the following workshops. Please click on the title links below to access the workshop presentation and materials hosted in UW-Madison’s Kaltura MediaSpace. Please note that a workshop with an asterisk does not include sound.
Personal Statements for Graduate Health Professions Programs
Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays
If you have any questions or concerns about these online workshops, please email email@example.com.