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The Undergraduate Writing Program

Spring 2014 Workshop Series

Workshops meet on the following Fridays from 10:00-11:30 in 402 Hamilton Hall
All Columbia students, undergraduate and graduate, and staff are eligible to take part.

Workshops are free, but space is limited. To reserve your spot, please register here. (Select "Spring 2014 Workshops" in the "Choose a Schedule" drop-down menu.)
Friday, January 31 - Close Reading

 This workshop presents methods for fostering greater understanding of the content and composition of your course readings.

Friday, Feb 7- Thesis Statement
Explore nuanced argument, review problem/claim, get started or rethink current drafts. In this workshop, we’ll discuss new strategies for creating compelling arguments and setting up your project with an effective introduction.  
Friday, Feb 21 - Grammarama
In this workshop, we will walk through some common grammar mistakes, and introduce new strategies for finding and revising them in your drafts.
Friday, Mar 7 - Cracking the Cover Letter
Preparing a cover letter for that big interview? Looking to sharpen up your phrases? Come to this workshop to discuss best practices to keep in mind when writing and revising your application materials.
Friday, April 4 - Organization and Structure
After several drafts, loads of research, and a complete overhaul, your paper has multiple personality disorder. Join us to discuss effective strategies for arranging and connecting your ideas on the page.  
Friday, April 18 - Invention through Research
In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to get the most out of your research and help you use sources in richer, more complex ways.
Friday, May 2 -  On/Of/About Prepositions
Which is right? Can more than one be correct? In this workshop, we’ll discuss perhaps the most difficult aspect of the English grammar, and introduce strategies for selecting the right prepositions.