Grammar & Writing Workshops

The schedule below lists the times and subjects of all the workshops offered this semester. All of these are free and open to all UNO students. But space is limited, so call 280-7054 to reserve a spot! All workshops take place in LA 334.

Grammar Workshops

No matter what you have heard to the contrary, grammar is not a mysterious talent that some people possess -- and you, sadly, do not. Think of grammar as the traffic rules of language: before you went to driving school, how many of them did you really know? And some grammar rules are just as arbitrary as some traffic rules! But rules can be learned -- and the Grammar Workshops at the Writing Center will teach you just that!

Writing Workshops

While writing is never easy, writers sometimes make it harder than it needs to be. The Writing Workshops teach you methods professionals use to make writing easier and more efficient. We offer workshops in doing online research, making bibliographies, taking notes, organizing ideas, integrating sources, writing introductions, and improving clarity and precision of your writing style.

Download: Workshop Schedule Fall 2014 (pdf)

Writing Workshop Topics

Online Research
This workshop teaches students how to use the online databases the UNO library provides, especially “Academic Search Complete.”

Painless Bibliography
This workshop introduces students to the online bibliography maker provided (for free) by Bedford St. Martin’s press. An eye-opener for anybody who has ever struggled with a bibliography!

Note Taking
Using a method introduced by Bruce Ballenger, this workshop teaches students how to take notes from sources and avoid the danger of (accidental) plagiarism in the note-taking process.

Outline 1
How is an essay like a Mardi Gras parade? Come and find out! This workshop teaches students about the purpose of thesis and topic sentences and how they connect with each other.

Outline 2
This workshop teaches students how to avoid the dreaded “laundry list” thesis in causal analyses and comparison-and-contrast papers. It emphasizes the importance of a real thesis and shows students ways to avoid a formula thesis.

Integrating Sources (in research papers)
This workshop teaches students to integrate sources properly and avoid (accidental) plagiarism.

Integrating Textual Evidence (in lit papers)
This workshop teaches students to integrate paraphrases and quotes from literary texts into their literature papers and shows them alternatives to simply “dumping in quotes”.

Writing Introductions for Composition and Research Papers
Often ignored in composition papers, the introduction—or “lead,” as journalists call it—is the most important part of the essay when it comes to get the reader interested in what the writer has to say.

Writing Introductions for Literature Papers
This workshop teaches students to write a good, functional introduction for a literature paper that does more than just retell the story or give some (pointless?) facts about the author’s life and times.

Style 1
This workshop introduces students to writing lively, concise prose by substituting real verbs for clumsy “to be” constructions.

Style 2
This workshop teaches students to battle wordiness by eliminating unnecessary words and phrases from their prose.