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Building Your Writing Foundation: Workshop Series Winter 2024

The Academic Success Centre offered a seven-part online workshop series during the Winter 2024 term called Building Your Writing Foundation. This series included seven sessions that aimed to equip students with foundational writing skills for college success. 

Check below for workshop recordings, tip sheets and practice activities for each of the seven workshop topics.

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Workshop 1: Writing Professional Emails

Workshop 1: Writing Professional Emails

What does a professional email look like? When should I send one? 

Description: Join this workshop to learn all about professional emails: when to send them, what they look like and sound like, how to structure them, and how to write with a professional tone.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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Workshop 2: Claim + Evidence

Workshop 2: Claim + Evidence

How do I support a claim? What even is a claim? 

Description: Join this workshop to learn what a claim is, how to strengthen your claims with reasons, and how to back them up with evidence. Learn how to provide evidence with both personal experience and research.

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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Workshop 3: Reflective Writing

Workshop 3: Reflective Writing

What does it mean to reflect? How can I write about what I've learned?

Description: Join this workshop to learn what reflective writing is and how to spot a reflective writing assignment. Learn a reflective writing structure you can use in your assignments and see it in action with a discussion board post example.

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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Workshop 4: Paragraph Structure

Workshop 4: Paragraph Structure

How should I organize my ideas in a paragraph? 

Description: Join this workshop to learn how to organize big ideas and details into a clear paragraph. The paragraph structure you will learn can be applied to all types of academic writing assignments, including summaries, reflections, discussion posts, essays, reports, and more.

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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Workshop 5: Summarizing

Workshop 5: Summarizing

How can I reduce a text to only the main idea?

Description: Join this workshop to learn what summaries should and should not include. Learn how to write a summary that accurately expresses the main idea of a text.

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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Workshop 6: Paraphrasing

Workshop 6: Paraphrasing

How do I use other writers' ideas in my writing? 

Description: Join this workshop to learn how to write another person's ideas in your own words and how to incorporate into your writing. Learn a five-step process to paraphrase effectively. 

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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Workshop 7: APA Citations + Formatting

Workshop 7: APA Citations + Formatting

What is APA citation style? Where can I find information to use APA accurately? 

Description: Join this workshop to learn the basics of why and how the APA citation style is used in many academic assignments. Then, learn how to use online resources to become confident in creating in-text citations and references in the APA 7th edition citation style.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 12:15-12:45pm  (click here to join the meeting)

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