Workshops - Winter 2018





Navigating the Blogosphere


Bring your own favorite content sites and blogs to this workshop. Apply a litmus test for credibility and learn tips for using blogs in your academic research.                                

Saturday, December 8                                    noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Monday, December 10                                   7:00-8:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222

Saturday, December 15                                  12:30-1:30 p.m.                       FOC #23, 213


Stand Out from the Crowd: On Writing Effective Personal Statements, Application Essays, and Letter of Intent


Talking about our strengths can be awkward. Talking about our strengths is also absolutely necessary when applying for a job, a scholarship, or admission to a university. How do you stand out from the crowd? In this workshop, we will look at examples of effective personal statements, application essays, and letters of intent. We'll discuss what works and what doesn't. Let's help you stand out.

Monday, December 10                                   noon-1:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213

Tuesday, December 11                                   noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Friday, December 14                                      noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222


Getting Published 101: Who, What, When, Where, and Why to Submit Your Work


Have you written short stories, poems, or nonfiction essays that you’re ready to share? What comes next? How do you get them published? We’ll cover it all:  submitting, tracking, considering genre, writing cover letters, and navigating the publishing industry.

Monday, December 10                                  noon-1:00 p.m.                                    FOC #23, 213

Monday, December 10                                  1:30-2:30 p.m.                                     SOC, CON 222

Monday, December 10                                  3:00-4:00 p.m.                                     EVC 212


Chapbook 101: How to Create and Submit a Small Book of Poetry or Prose


Do you write poetry and/or prose? Do you have a small collection of poems, essays, or stories? You may have enough to create a chapbook! The Chapbook 101 workshop will discuss what a chapbook is, how to make one, and how to submit it to a small press. No prior experience with a chapbook is necessary. Any and all are welcome.

Tuesday, December 11                                   11:00 a.m. to noon                  SOC, CONN 222

Wednesday, December 12                             11:00 a.m. to noon                  FOC #23, 213

Thursday, December 13                                 11:00 a.m. to noon                  Sarpy 216


Good Vibes Writing: Reverse Fears, Insecurities, and Overall Distastes Toward Writing


Writing is a tool we should all enjoy using to connect with ourselves and with others. This workshop addresses the bad taste toward writing many of us have and offers strategies for finding joy in the journey, whether we are trudging through a first or fifteenth draft.

Thursday, December 13                                 2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222 Monday,
December 17                                      4:00-5:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Tuesday, December 18                                   11:00 a.m.-noon                      FOC #23, 213



Elkhorn Valley Campus Creative Writers' Group


Come to our monthly writers' group meetings in the EVC Writing Center to meet a supportive group of like-minded creatives. We'll be discussing writing and editing strategies, sharing publishing opportunities, and cheering each other on. Feel free to bring your own poem, short piece of fiction, or creative essay for us to read and talk about!

Tuesday, December 11                                   1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Tuesday, January 15                                       1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Tuesday, February 12                                     1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212







Researching Inside and
Outside the Library Databases


Learn ways to broaden your research horizons to find the most appropriate and relevant sources to support your points.

Monday, December 17                                   noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Tuesday, December 18                                   noon-1:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213

Thursday, December 20                                 noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222


Developing a Writing Routine


Are you taking a class full of writing assignments this quarter? Are you unsure how to get them all done? Having a regular writing routine can ease stress, increase productivity, and help you come back to your writing without losing track of where you were at in your research and arguments formation. Some ideas we will discuss include: coming up with a regular time and place to write a little each day, deciding what sounds or music help you write without messing up your focus, finding a simple ritual to get your brain ready to write, and planning regular Writing Center visits into your writing routine. Please come to this personalized brainstorming session!

Monday, December 17                                   2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC CONN 222

Tuesday, December 18                                   noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Wednesday, December 19                             11:00 a.m.-noon                     FOC #23, 213


Read Your Way to Better Writing


“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King  

By reading, writers not only increase knowledge but also gain a better understanding of language, learn about form and structure, grow vocabulary and most importantly, find inspiration.  Come to this workshop to share ideas about how reading all types of text can have a lasting, positive impact on your writing and your life.

Saturday, January 5                                        1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Sunday, January 6                                           noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222   Sunday,
January 6                                              2:00-3:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213 



Brainstorming vs. Editing: Keeping Your Writing Processes Separated


Do you find yourself criticizing your writing ideas or word choices while still coming up with the ideas? Intentionally keeping the brainstorming and editing processes separate helps with frustration. It also helps with clarity of arguments. In this workshop, we will chat about strategies and guidelines for how to allow your ideas to cover the page and THEN (and only then!) how to think critically to edit and shape those ideas.

Monday, January 7                                         2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222

Tuesday, January 8                                         noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Wednesday, January 9                                    11:00 a.m.-noon                      FOC #23, 213


APA Formatting and Style

Learn how to format your paper, cite sources, and write the references page.


Monday, January 7                                         noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Thursday, January 10                                      noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222

Friday, January 11                                           noon-1:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213


Tricks for Paraphrasing Properly


Do you struggle when it comes to paraphrasing? Not sure exactly where the line is between copying and paraphrasing? Don't quite know how to "put it in your own words?" Here are some tips and tricks to help you become a pro at paraphrasing.

Tuesday, January 8                                         2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222

Wednesday, January 9                                    2:00-3:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213

Thursday, January 10                                      10:00-11:00 a.m.                     EVC 212


Epistolary Poems


What are epistolary poems? According to the Academy of American Poets, “Epistolary poems, from the Latin ‘epistula’ for ‘letter,’ are, quite literally, poems that read as letters. As poems of direct address, they can be intimate and colloquial or formal and measured. The subject matter can range from philosophical investigation to a declaration of love to a list of errands, and epistles can take any form, from heroic couplets to free verse.” In this workshop, we will begin by looking at examples of epistolary poems by Ada Limon, Natalie Diaz, and Matthew Olzmann. Then we'll write epistolary poems of our own!

Monday, January 7                                         noon-1:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213

Tuesday, January 8                                         noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

Friday, January 11                                           noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222



Incubating Your Ideas: Journaling Your Way toward Better College Writing


Come learn to use journal writing as a thinking tool to strengthen your ideas, sharpen your insights, and facilitate problem solving. 

Friday, January 11                               10:00-11:00 a.m.                     EVC 212

Friday, January 11                               11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.            SOC, CONN 222

Friday, January 11                               1:00-2:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213


Using OneDrive and PowerPoint


Come learn about the benefits of using OneDrive over pesky flash drives. You will also learn about the ease of using Power Point. The former leads to the latter.

Saturday, January 12                                      9:00-10:00 a.m.                       EVC 212

Saturday, January 12                                      10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.            FOC #23, 213

Saturday, January 12                                      noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222


Writing Rhetorical Analyses


Get help writing Rhetorical Analyses! Whether you are analyzing a photo, advertisement, or essay, this workshop will teach you how to figure out why it was made (Purpose) and who it was made for (Audience). This workshop will also cover those tricky Rhetorical Strategies: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. Finally, you’ll learn how to turn these concepts into a well-supported, convincing Rhetorical Analysis.  

Monday, January 14                                       10:30-11:30 a.m.                     SOC, CONN 222

Wednesday, January 16                                  10:30-11:30 a.m.                     EVC 212

Wednesday, January 16                                  noon – 1:00 p.m.                     FOC #23, 213


Express Yourself: Purposely Add Your Uniqueness to All Your Writing Assignments


This workshop will include exercises, examples and discussions about how you express your unique self in your writing. Since, even in academic projects, the topics you choose, perspectives you provide, your arrangements of content, and your employment of grammar and syntax all point to your individual style—Rock It!

Monday, January 14                                       4:00-5:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Tuesday, January 15                                       11:00 a.m.-noon                      FOC #23, 213

Thursday, January 17                                      2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222


Poetry Writing Workshop 


Come to this workshop to learn more about Tanka, a genre of classical Japanese poetry, having a similarity to Haiku.  

Wednesday January 16                                   2:00-3:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213 

Friday, January 18                                           10:00-11:00 a.m.                     SOC, CONN 222 

Friday, January 18                                           noon--1:00 p.m.                      EVC 122



Writing Six-Word Memoirs


A six-word memoir may seem impractical. But what if it can help you learn to answer questions concisely on job applications, or write that college or scholarship application essay that has a word limit? Participants will write six-word memoirs demonstrating the positive elements of their characters. We will share stories about helping those in need, commitment in the face of certain defeat, and encounters with temptation, and then bullet point some of the “job-readiness” or “college-friendly” attributes these stories suggest.

Thursday, January 17                                      10:00-11:00 a.m.                     FOC #23, 213

Thursday, January 17                                      11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.            SOC, CONN 222

Thursday, January 17                                      1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212


Observation: Use Your Senses


 A good observation is more than just a list of facts and measurements. Like a detective, a careful observer examines the evidence and makes use of the five senses—taste, hearing, sight, touch and smell—to and select and describe details which add up to a clear dominant impression. This workshop will explore some observation techniques and practice writing an observation. 

Thursday, January 17                                                                            6:00-7:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222 

Friday, January 18                                           9:30-10:30 a.m.                       FOC #23, 213 

Friday, January 18                                           11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.            EVC 212   


From Ear to Open Mind: Rhetorical Listening


For students, entering an academic conversation, be it spoken or written (say, composing an argumentative essay), always begins with paying attention: attention to your initial ideas on a subject, attention to what others are saying, and attention how your ideas and theirs interact. Come discuss mental habits that will help you converse in the classroom as well as in your essays. 

Friday, January 18                               10:00-11:00 a.m.                     EVC 212

Friday, January 18                               11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.            SOC, CONN 222

Friday, January 18                               1:00-2:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213



Sophisticating your Sentence Structure Style


Learn how to use simple and easy to understand formulas to build style, fluency and complexity in your sentences.  Nail down understanding of semicolons and how to construct more complicated sentence structures.

Thursday, January 24                                      5:00-6:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213

Sunday, January 27                                         noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222

Monday, January 28                                       4:30-5:30 p.m.                         EVC 212


Personalizing Your Writing Practice


 This workshop explores the nature and importance of implementing (or improving) your own personal writing practice. From the one whose unopened journal is collecting dust on the nightstand to the one who has been documenting each day for the past 10 years – all can find something valuable in this session.  We will look at a variety of helpful journaling prompts as well as discuss strategies for committing to a daily or weekly journal check-in. You will leave the workshop with a personalized prompt and plan for using journal writing to illuminate and enrich your inner life. 

Thursday January 31                                       9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                    FOC #23, 213

Thursday January 31                                       10:30 – 11:30 a.m.                  SOC, CONN 222

Thursday January 31                                       noon – 1:00 p.m.                     EVC 212


Strategies for Summary Writing


Students are often asked to write a summary of an article or a book chapter, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly where to begin. In this workshop you'll gain not only useful knowledge about how to write a summary, but also reading strategies that will set you up for success in your writing.

Friday, February 1                                           10:00-11:00 a.m.                     SOC, CONN 222

Friday, February 1                                           11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.            FOC #23, 213

Friday, February 1                                           1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212


How to Communicate Effectively with Your Instructor via Email

Learn how to properly address you instructor in an email, create an effective email subject line, write a clear message, and reply appropriately.

Monday, February 4                                       4:00-5:00 p.m.                                     SOC, CONN 222

Tuesday, February 5                                       2:00-3:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Tuesday, February 5                                       4:00-5:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213






For these sessions, we invite faculty from across the disciplines to come and do what we never get enough time to do—talk with other teachers about teaching. 

 Talking Point—How Can We Fine Tune Our Essay Assignment Sheets?

Please bring in the assignment descriptions you give your students for major papers and prepare to workshop them to perfection. Together, we will look at and discuss examples from a wide variety of classes. Please bring your laptops!


Saturday, February 2                                           2:00-3:00 p.m.                         FOC 23, 213

Monday, February 4                                             4:00-5:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Saturday, February 9                                                2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC CONN, 223

 Talking Point—How Can We Make Connections Between Curriculum and Real-World Skills Clearer for Students?

Too often, students do not engage with classes because they are core requirements that seem to have little to do with their lives.  What ways have teachers found to bridge this gap and demonstrate that there is a purpose for these classes beyond jumping through hoops? (assignments, class discussions, etc.)


Monday, December 17                                           4:00-5:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222

Tuesday, December 18                                           2:00-3:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Thursday, December 18                                         4:00-5:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213







Writing Center Reading Series;


Fort Omaha Campus Writing Center, Building #23, Room 213

5300 North 30th Street




*Note:  Part-time faculty who participate in this workshop are eligible for professional development compensation for their attendance.  We will provide the reimbursement forms.  Full-time faculty may represent their participation in this workshop in the "Professional Development" section of the "Faculty Professional Portfolio."**



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