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About the Writing Workshops

Writing workshops are generally one hour presentations on a specific topic. We are happy to design presentations for faculty or groups of students. We ask that you have a group of no smaller than four students before approaching the center about offering a specialized workshop. Please contact the center at least one week before you would like the presentation to take place. Workshops usually take place in the Writing Center conference room, but we are happy to travel to classrooms, residence halls, or other public spaces on campus. Call (812) 237-2989, or email to request a workshop.

Note for Faculty

If you have trouble covering all the grammar, writing, and citation topics you'd like your students to know, let the Writing Center help! Our workshops are designed to give students from any department an overview of the writing skills they need to produce strong college-level essays. Workshops are open to everyone, including non-ISU students, faculty, staff, and community members, so please consider attending one yourself to see what they're all about. We encourage faculty members to encourage student attendance by offering extra credit, and proof-of-attendance slips will be provided upon request at all presentations. If you would like to require attendance for some or all of your students, please let the WC Coordinator know in advance so we can be sure our space will accommodate everyone. Thank you for supporting the ISU Writing Center, and please contact Ellie ( with any questions or workshop suggestions.

Writing Workshop Schedule

To request a workshop, email, or call (812) 237-2989.

Online Writing Workshops

APA Formatting Powerpoint

  • This presentation offers an overview of how to format and cite in APA style. It was developed by graduate consultant Jason Bushnell.

Sample APA Paper

  • This paper demonstrates the format and citations used in the APA presentation. Please note that this paper is not flawless; it is merely an example of how a paper formatted in APA should look.

MLA Formatting Powerpoint

  • This presentation offers an overview of formatting and citing in MLA style.

Chicago Style

Avoiding Plagiarism

Research Writing Process Part 1

  • The first section of this 2 part presentation on the Research Writing Process gives students an overview of the steps to writing a strong paper, including reading the prompt, brainstorming, and forming a research question.

Research Writing Process 2

  • The second section of this 2 part presentation offers students an overview of the steps to writing a strong paper, including research, crafting a thesis, and revising.

The Parts of Speech

  • An overview of parts of speech.

Professional Word Choice

  • This presentation covers how to be concise, as well as how to avoid cliches, vague wording, and casual phrases.

Crafting a Strong Thesis

  • This workshop explains what a thesis is, why it is used, and what to do and avoid when writing a thesis.

Structure and Organization

  • This workshop will help you organize your writing.

Structure Presentation Notes

  • These notes should be read in conjunction with the Powerpoint presentation on Structure and Organizing.

Comma Workshop

  • This workshop covers the basic rules for commas, then offers information on the most frequently misused commas.

Run-on sentences

  • This presentation, written by Lee Reynolds and Kristina Bird, explains what a run-on sentence is and how to avoid it.

Semi-colons and colons

  • This presentation will help students understand these often misused pieces of punctuation.

Subject/Verb Agreement

Top 10 Common Grammar Errors

  • This Powerpoint reveals the 10 grammar/punctuation errors we most commonly see in the Writing Center. It explains why they are wrong and how to correct them.

Incorporating Quotes

Organizing Research

  • This powerpoint will give you tips for organizing your research.

Writing a Lit. Review-An Overview

  • This presentation offers students an introduction to writing a literature review.

How to Write a Lit Review

What Professors Expect From Your Writing

Responding to Essay Questions

Writing a Business Proposal

Business Writing-An Overview

  • This Powerpoint, delivered by the Writing Center in a Business class, gives students a brief overview of writing specifically in a business context. It touches on objectivity and purpose.

How to Write a Term Paper

APA Formatting Powerpoint

  • This presentation offers an overview of how to format and cite in APA style. It was developed by graduate consultant Jason Bushnell.




Cunningham Library
2nd floor southwest corner
Phone: (812) 237-2989

Fall Hours starting August 26th

Mon-Thurs: 10am - 8pm
Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 4pm - 10pm
Extended hours available for students in different time zones based on tutor availability.

Special ISU WC Dates
The ISU WC will be CLOSED on the following dates:
September 2, 2019 - Labor Day
October 4, 2019 - Fall Break
November 25 - 29, 2019 - Thanksgiving Break
December 9 -13, 2019 - Finals
December 24 - Jan 1, Winter Recess; University Closed

The ISU WC will have extended hours during Study Week
December 2 - 6, 2019 - call for details!