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Writing Workshops

Any current LMU student can attend our writing workshops!  


Academic Resource Center: Writing Workshops Spring 2014

All Workshops in WHH 117: Call the ARC 310-338-2847 to reserve a seat.



You must choose 1 workshop from EACH of the three sections below.


Researching Tools                                                                        Tues 1/28 – 5:00, 6:00   Wed 1/29 - 6:00

How do you tell an editorial from a blog from a scholarly article online? This workshop helps you locate and identify sources for the patch-writing paper in Rhetorical Arts                                    

Summaries and Paraphrases                                                     Mon 2/3 - 5:00   Tues 2/4 - 6:00 

Writing with authority includes being able to represent fairly and succinctly the main ideas of other authors. This workshop teaches you how to write a good summary for the précis paper in Rhetorical Arts.

Addressing Your Audience                                                          Tues 2/11 - 6:00    Wed 2/12 - 6:00

Who are you writing to? Thinking about your audience makes a difference in what you say and how you say it. Get ready for your persuasive writing assignment by considering who you want to persuade.           


Evaluating Sources using RADAR                                              Mon 2/17- 6:00   Tues 2/18- 7:00

Learn how to evaluate the writings of others by judging the Relevance, Authority, Date, Accuracy, and Rationale for the annotated bibliography.

Summaries and Paraphrases                                                     Wed 2/19- 5:00

Writing with authority includes being able to represent fairly and succinctly the main ideas of other authors. This workshop teaches you how to summarize sources for the annotated bibliography.

Formulating a Thesis                                                                     Mon 2/24- 6:00   Tues 2/25- 6:00

Writing a good thesis is key to a successful paper. This workshop explains how to move from formulating a question about your topic to providing the claim and reasons for your thesis.

Argument Essay                                                                             Wed 2/26 – 5:00

Take a stand and support what you say.  Learn the essentials of argumentative writing for the persuasive paper.

Formulating a Thesis (see description above)                          Mon 3/10 - 7:00

Argument Essay (see description above)                                 Tues 3/11 – 7:00

Citing Sources with MLA                                                              Tues 3/18 – 5:00

Citing Sources with APA                                                              Tues 3/18  6:00

Citing Sources with Chicago Style                                             Wed  3/19 – 5:00

All citation workshops teach the basics of in-text citation and citing sources at the end of your paper.

Portfolio Prep                                                                                 Mon 3/24 - 6:00

Learn how to professionally organize your portfolio to illustrate the learning objectives you have mastered.


Organizing the Chaos                                                                    Mon 4/7 - 5:00, 7:00

Are you overwhelmed with the research paper? Learn different methods of organizing your materials to help you cope with the chaos.  Developing a detailed outline at the start reduces frantic late nights at the end.

Quoting and Paraphrasing                                                           Wed 4/9 - 6:00

Don’t get caught dropping quotes or plagiarizing unintentionally. Learn how to seamlessly and correctly integrate outside sources into your research paper.

Does my Paper Flow?                                                                    Mon 4/21 - 5:00, 6:00

Learn strategies for coherence by analyzing the logical order of your paper. Bring a draft of your research paper to practice the reverse outlining strategy. 

Principles of Style                                                                           Tues 4/22 - 5:00   Wed 4/23 - 6:00

Fine tune your writing by improving its style. Learn how to cut the fluff, write clearly, add punch to your sentences, and other elements of style.  Turn your research paper from good to extraordinary.