The Skidmore Writing Center

Workshops and Events

Grammar and Style Workshops, Fall 2016

Basic Grammar—Important before discussing style, a refresher suitable for all students

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Library 118

and repeated again on:

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.
Bolton 101

Writing Tools from Corpus Linguistics—Learn to use corpora (large collections of authentic native-speaker texts) to self-edit, find new constructions, and learn the peculiarities of certain words or phrases. This special workshop is especially useful for ELL writers, as well as faculty, staff, or peer tutors who work with ELL student writers.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Location: Harder 101 Computer Lab

The Paragraph—A close look at a fundamental academic writing structure

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bolton 281

Conclusions—A special discussion responding to one of the most frequent concerns we discuss in the Writing Center

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bolton 281

Grammar as Style—Exploring how the grammar of sentences reveal reveal stylistic options for writers

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bolton 281

Strategies for editing independently:  a special workshop for language learners

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Location: Library 118

Details: In response to student requests, the Writing Center is excited to offer a new workshop focusing on editing strategies that English language learners can employ independently. While we certainly believe the Writing Center is a valuable resource for language learners (in fact, more than half of our appointments involve language learners!) we also understand that there are more ways to improve essays than just visiting with peer writing tutors. Please grab a friend or two to learn some new tips and tricks as you embark on your final essays.   

Topics include research about faculty opinions towards student errors, ideas about what essay parts deserve the most attention, ways to be clear and understood that have nothing to do with grammar, and finally Internet resources that students can use independently to improve their writing.