Skip navigation

Search

Workshops and Events

Spring 2016

Workshops and events are free to Columbia's undergraduate and graduate students. For workshops, please register via our scheduler at bit.ly/columbiawritingcenter. Select "Spring 2016 Workshops" in the drop-down menu. 
Click here to reserve for a spot. 

Academic Writing Workshops
UW Write-In
Dissertation Writer's Retreat 
Responding to Texts                                                   
Thesis Statements 
Grammar 
Putting Texts in Conversation
Organization & Structure
Researching for Complexity                                         
Getting It Done                                                            

Creative Writing Workshops
Writing like a Journalist  
Fiction:  From the Mundane to the Alien: Building a Better World 
Playwriting: exploring and developing character
The Poetic Image
Narrative and the Personal Statement: Writing Yourself
cross genre lit 

Academic Writing Workshops, Spring 2016

Workshops are free to Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate students. 

UW Write-In 
(310 Phil, 6:30 – 8p)
Join us in our fight against procrastination as we band together to sit down and write. We’ll offer tables for you to get down to work. If you have quick questions about your project, you can ask our consultant on shift. No registration needed, free coffee and tea. 
Progression 1: Wed 2/10 and Thurs 2/11   
Progression 2: Mon 2/29 and Tues 3/1     
Progression 3: Tues 4/5 and Wed 4/6; Mon 4/18 and Tues 4/19
Progression 4: Wed 4/27 and Thurs 4/28 

^  top

Dissertation Writer's Retreat 
March 14th - March 17th
(310 Philosophy Hall, 9 am - 4 pm)
Description: The program can host 15 participants in a 4-day writing retreat. Each day will run from 9 am until 4 pm with a one-hour lunch break. To limit distractions, we will provide participants with light breakfast, lunch, coffee, and tea. While the main goal is to provide dissertation writers ample time to write, very brief goal-setting meetings at the beginning and end of each day will help frame the day’s work. To help you if you’re stuck, the Writing Center coordinator will be on-hand to answer questions and provide collaborative feedback on your work if you wish. Please bring a laptop and your materials. If you don’t have a laptop, we can provide you with one.
Priority will be given to those who are further along in their dissertation and available for the full program. Click here to apply.

^  top

Responding to Texts
February 5th 
(407 HAM, 2-4p)
This workshop aims to offer a space to practice close reading/observation and then move to forming an argument. Please bring a paper copy of a text from class.

^  top

Thesis Statements  
February 12th 
(407 HAM, 2-4p)
We’ll discuss new strategies for creating compelling, inquiry-driven claims. Please bring a rough draft of a paper. 

^  top

Grammar 
February 19th
(407 HAM, 2-4p)
In this first of 2 workshops on grammar, we’ll develop strategies to address common grammar mistakes writers make. Please bring a piece of writing in progress.

^  top

Putting Texts in Conversation
February 26th                                      
(407 HAM, 2-4p)
Managing multiple sources in richer ways is a difficult task. Moving beyond noting similarities and differences, this workshop invites participants to bring their own sources to explore intertextual relationships to enhance their own argument. 

^  top

Organization & Structure
March 4th
(407 HAM, 2-4p) 
We look at effective strategies for arranging and connecting your ideas on the page. Please bring a piece of writing in progress. 

^  top

Researching for Complexity
March 25th
(407 HAM, 2-4p)
We’ll look at ways to get the most out of your research and use sources in richer, more complex ways. Please bring a piece of research writing in progress. 

^  top

Getting It Done
April 15th                                             
(407 HAM, 2-4p)
As we finish the term, it can be difficult to finish your drafts with the care you’re used to giving your work. We’ll share time management and writing process strategies that will save you time and stress. 

^  top

Creative Writing Workshops, Spring 2016

Workshops are free to Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate students. All creative writing workshops are held in 317 Hamilton Hall.

Writing like a Journalist  
Wednesday, 3/23/2016
Rob Verger
We’ll introduce and work with strategies for writing the long-form story with focus on weaving research into a larger narrative arc. Bring your research, early writing, and questions about the long form genre to the workshop.

^  top

Fiction:  From the Mundane to the Alien: Building a Better World 
Wednesday, 3/30/2016 
Tara Gallagher, Kat Savino, and Leah Zander
6:30 – 7:50p
In this workshop we will explore the ways in which the physical world of your fiction can reveal, complicate, sharpen, amplify, and otherwise give your reader access to your characters’ inner lives. Writers are welcome to bring works in progress and equally welcome to come with blank slates. The first part of the workshop will be spent writing to awesome, stimulating prompts.  

^  top

Playwriting: exploring and developing character
Wednesday, 4/6/2016
Sam Chanse, Kristin Slaney, Tejan Waszak
6:30 – 7:50p 
Join us for an interactive session that will focus on exploring and developing your characters. While we will be approaching the work in the context of playwriting, writers of all genres and disciplines may find the exercises and discussion generative for their own projects. You may have an existing character/play/project in mind, or use the session as an opportunity to launch something new. 

^  top

The Poetic Image
Wednesday, 4/13/2016
Michael Keenan
6:30 – 7:50p
We'll look at how key poets used the poetic image through the last a hundred years and think about how to bring images into our own poems to enliven and energize ambiguity and space itself on the image of the page. Please bring poems you’d like to workshop. 

^  top

Narrative and the Personal Statement: Writing Yourself
Wednesday, 4/20/2016            
Bridget Potter< br>6:30 – 7:50p
Preparing a personal statement of any kind? Just starting out and having trouble getting started? Almost ready to submit and worried that you’re not coming through on the page? Working on memoir and concerned about voice? Bring your troubles, worries and concerns to this non-fiction writing workshop! You, yes you, are the strongest narrator of your own story and we will help you to write your true self.

^  top

cross genre lit
Wednesday, 4/27/2016          
Kat Savino and Tejan Waszak
6:30 – 7:50p
We will explore different writing processes in traditional and more experimental hybrid genres of creative writing. Some questions we will discuss: How do you choose which genre to write in? What happens if you write one story using different genres?

^  top