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Skidmore College
The Philip Boshoff Writing Center

Grammar and Style Workshops, Spring 2018

Basic Grammar— This session focuses on grammar as it relates to academic writing--which typically features dense sentences with elements that are expanded, modified, and combined.  Remember that basic grammar is fundamental not only to accuracy, but also to getting the most from any conversation about style!  This refresher is designed for both native speakers and language learners. 

Date: 2/7

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Bolton 101


Additional Presentation:

Date: 2/8

Time: 2:15 pm

Location: Bolton 101

Editing Tools for ELL Writers - In response to student requests, the Writing Center is excited to offer a new workshop focusing on editing strategies that English language learners can employ independently.  Topics include research about faculty stances towards student errors, ideas about where to devote our attention, ways to be clear and understood that have nothing to do with grammar, and finally strategies and resources that students can use independently to improve their writing.  

Date: 2/14

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Bolton 101

Graduate School Personal Stataments - Personal statements have become one of the most popular topics in the Writing Center over the last few years, so this workshop shares common strategies authors can use to shape these important documents.  Topics include managing the process of preparing a statement, thoughts on what to include (with an eye towards our reviewers), and some practical tips for improving the efficiency and clarity needed in these short texts.  

Date: 2/21

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Bolton 103 (note location)

Where's My Thesis? - A workshop on finding and refining a strong thesis.

Details TBD


The Essay Introduces Itself: Guidelines for Strong Introductions - A workshop on writing compelling introductions.


Paraphrasing: Don’t Quote Me - A workshop on when and how to use quotations and paraphrases.


The Essay Concludes: An Introduction to Conclusions - A workshop on writing effective conclusions.