Workshop Descriptions

In addition to our consultation services, the Writing Center also offers a variety of workshops throughout the semester.

Let our writing center staff help you strengthen your writing skills in our our 50 minute workshops. Each workshop includes presentations and activities to help you understand concepts like grammar, formatting, and style.

If you cannot attend our workshops, you can make an appointment at the Writing Center and have a consultant go over the contents with you.

Annotated Bibliography

  • Learn strategies for evaluating sources
  • Practice summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Explore a typical process for writing annotations

AP Style

  • Learn how to format according to AP guidelines
  • Discuss the journalism inverted pyramid and review writing leads

APA for Microsoft Word

  • Learn to format a document in Microsoft word according to APA guidelines

APA Style

  • Learn how to properly format the APA document
  • Learn the correct format for APA citations and references


  • Compare and contrast formatting the document
  • Compare and contrast citing sources in text (in-text citations)
  • Compare and contrast formatting the References/Works Cited pages

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Identify different types of plagiarism
  • Practice identifying common knowledge versus plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism, Integrating Sources, and Tracking Sources in Long Documents (Graduate Workshop)

  • Learn strategies for tracking and organizing source material during the drafting process
  • Practice signal phrases, paraphrase, summary, and proper documentation
  • Understand different ways to paraphrase source material

Chicago Manual of Style

  • Learn the two types of Chicago Style
  • Learn how to format your document according to Chicago Style

Composing a Research Question (Undergraduate & Graduate Workshop)

  • Learn how to transition from topic to research question
  • Gain an understanding of how to evaluate your research question to conduct research more efficiently and effectively

Creating a Literature Review (Graduate Workshop)

  • Learn the purpose of literature reviews
  • Discuss organizational strategies to use when creating a literature review

Critical Reading for Analysis (Undergraduate & Graduate Workshop)

  • Learn strategies for critical reading
  • Understand common structures and organizational strategies of scholarly arguments
  • Improve critical reading skills

ENG 102 & ENG 114 Write-In!

  • Drop-in writing and research assistance for ENG 102 & 114 students
  • Get writing assistance from UNLV Writing Center consultants
  • Get research assistance from UNLV’s librarians

Essays: The Basics

  • Discuss and understand rhetorical situation
  • Understand the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, and proofreading
  • Review essay structure and an essay’s different components

Grammar for Multi-Lingual Writers I

  • Learn what a preposition is
  • Learn strategies for using time, place, and direction prepositions

Grammar for Multi-Lingual Writers II

  • Learn and practice strategies for using articles a, an, and the
  • Discuss and practice using adverb, noun, and adjective clauses
  • Develop strategies to identify and use different types of transitions

Grammar Refresher I

  • Discuss sentences and their functions
  • Learn strategies to identify independent and dependent clauses
  • Practice revising fragment sentences, run-ons, comma splices, and fused sentences

Grammar Refresher II

  • Review and practice pronoun usage to avoid ambiguity and sexist language
  • Practice revising verb tense and pronoun-number agreement

Intros, Hooks, & Thesis Statements

  • Review and identify the functions and elements of an essay introduction
  • Learn strategies for drafting hooks and thesis statements
  • Practice drafting thesis statements and hooks

MLA for Microsoft Word

  • Learn to format a document in Microsoft word according to MLA guidelines

MLA Style

  • Learn how to properly format MLA documents
  • Learn the correct format for MLA in-text citations
  • Understand how to and practice formatting MLA Works Cited pages

Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing

  • Learn a five-part system to incorporate source material into paragraphs
  • Learn how to punctuate direct quotes
  • Review and practice strategies for paraphrasing and summarizing

Preparing to Write a Thesis or Dissertation (Graduate Workshop)

  • Learn the broad strokes of applying for, formulating, and developing a thesis or dissertation.
  • Understand the required paperwork for each stage in the process
  • Review the best strategies for completing your project


  • Learn about punctuation marks and their common uses in academic writing
  • Practice using periods, commas, semicolons, colons, and quotations marks

Revising, Editing, and Proofreading

*Writers are encouraged to bring a paragraph or passage from their own writing to work with.

  • Become familiar with the terms audience, purpose, genre, draft, revise, and proofread
  • Learn the focuses and strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading
  • Practice using the different strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading

Strategies for Composing, Organizing, and Editing Long Documents (Graduate Workshop)

*If possible, writers should bring an idea or assignment sheet to the workshop, but we will provide practice documents for those who do not.

  • Learn strategies for breaking writing tasks up into manageable tasks
  • Learn strategies for composing, editing and proofreading long documents,
  • Leave with revisions made to your own text


  • Understand the characteristics and purpose of synthesis in writing
  • Learn strategies to help you collect information for synthesis
  • Practice collecting, synthesizing, and clearly citing information

Top Ten Grammar Mistakes

  • Identify the top ten most common grammar mistakes found in writing
  • Learn and practice strategies to revise these grammar mistakes

Topic Sentences, Paragraphs, & Conclusions

  • Explore strategies for drafting effective paragraphs
  • Discuss topic sentences and their functions
  • Examine approaches used to develop conclusions

Understanding Writing Assignments

  • Learn strategies to navigate and understand writing assignment instructions
  • Practice using strategies to compose working theses based on writing prompts

Using Writing for Teaching and Formative Assessment (Graduate Workshop)

  • Discuss strategies for employing formative assessment in the classroom
  • Explore how writing activities can provide an assessment of student knowledge
  • Practice formative assessment strategies via writing activities

Verb Tense Review

  • Learn about infinitive, gerund, present, past, and future tense verbs
  • Practice correctly using different types of verb tenses

Writing a CV

  • Cover the differences between CVs & resumes
  • Discuss the purposes of CVs and how to structure a CV
  • Practice identifying skills

Writing a Research Paper

  • Learn and practice developing research topics, research questions, and thesis statements
  • Practice evaluating and integrating sources
  • Discuss strategies for organizing, structuring, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading

Writing about Literature

  • Identify elements of literary texts
  • Review and practice strategies for close reading
  • Understand elements of literature essays and their functions

Writing Abstracts

  • Discuss the purpose(s) and components of abstracts
  • Practice constructing abstracts

Writing an Abstract/Call for Paper

*If possible, writers should bring a paper or conference paper, but we will provide practice documents for those who do not.

  • Learn strategies for composing a successful paper/conference abstract
  • Understand the purpose(s) of abstracts
  • Practice drafting an abstract that can be used for a paper/conference proposal

Writing Cover Letters

  • Identify basic rhetorical considerations, audience, purpose, genre
  • Practice composing cover-letter introductions
  • Share some ways of keeping application materials organized

Writing Personal Statements

  • Go over the Dos and Don’ts of writing personal statements
  • Look at samples of application materials and personal statements
  • Practice analyzing and responding to prompts

Writing Effective Arguments

  • Discuss what topics are appropriate for scholarly arguments
  • Learn strategies for writing effective scholarly arguments
  • Practice drafting a fallacy-free argument in a working thesis statement

Writing for an Audience

  • Discuss the importance of tailoring to your audience
  • Define tone and discuss how it affects your writing
  • Determine what rhetoric to use for various types of communications/assignments

Writing for Scholarly Publications and Ethical Publishing Practices

  • Discuss journal selection, predatory publishing, RB permissions, and Copyright and Patents
  • Learn strategies for writing long documents
  • Review the importance of ethical publishing and editors’ obligations in cases of ethical misconduct

Writing Scholarship Essays

  • Examine and identify the key components of the scholarship application process
  • Review common scholarship essay prompts
  • Learn strategies for drafting a successful scholarship essay

Writing Timed Essays

  • Discuss the steps for writing a successful timed essay
  • Learn strategies for budgeting time and drafting each component of your essay

Writing with Style I & II

  • Learn and practice strategies for writing concisely and with active voice
  • Discuss using sentence variety in writing
  • Practice drafting parallel construction and positions of emphasis