Upcoming opportunities with the ISU Writing and Media Center

Upcoming Writing and Media Center faculty and staff webinars

Join the ISU Writing and Media Center (WMC) to enhance your writing and communication skills, see the opportunities listed on their faculty and staff workshops page.

Questions? Email writectr@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5411.

How to Write a Memorable Profile: Being intentional about organization, vocabulary, and quotes, Feb. 18 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, complete this Feb. 18th registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Memorable Profile” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • design interview questions that produce rich content
  • identify the best patterns of information to plug into each section of the profile
  • select quotes that support the profile’s theme well
  • choose vocabulary that creates a vivid narrative that claims your readers’ attention

Stunning Titles: How to hook the reader from the first phrase, Feb. 26 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, complete this Feb. 26th registration form

By the end of the “Stunning Titles” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • choose vocabulary to hook the reader
  • omit unnecessary words
  • create a theme that unites the piece through the title phrase

Grammar Crime Workshop #1: How to avoid committing run-ons and comma splices, Mar. 4 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, complete this Mar. 4th registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Grammar Crimes #1” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify sentence boundaries
  • apply the five-way fix to correcting run-ons and comma splices
  • use methods that vary sentence structure for improved readability

Grammar Crime Workshop #2: How to avoid a fragment infraction, Mar. 19 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, complete this Mar. 19th registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Grammar Crimes #2” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify incomplete thoughts in writing
  • apply sentence-combination methods to correct fragments
  • use these methods to vary sentence structure for improved readability

Reforming the word hoarder within key strategies to becoming a concise writer, Apr. 9 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, complete this Apr. 9th registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Concise Writing” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • rid yourself of excessive and empty expressions
  • utilize a vocabulary that leaves a lasting impression on readers
  • apply various techniques to pare down unnecessary sentence elements and improve the flow of your ideas

Passive vs. Active Voice: The how, the when, and the why of voice choices, Apr. 23 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, use this Apr. 23rd registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Passive vs. Active Voice” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify each type of voice
  • understand when to use each voice type appropriately and effectively in academic writing
  • structure passive and active sentences for complex levels of professional writing

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Rhythm in Sentence Structure: Improving readability for your audience, May 6 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, complete this May 6th registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Sentence Variation” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify the difference between sentence rhythm that puts readers to sleep versus a rhythm that inspires readers to read on
  • employ techniques to stir the sentence pot of your piece so that your writing sounds like a Led Zeppelin masterpiece

Packing a Punch with Punctuation: When well-placed Commas, dashes, colons, semicolons, and parentheses matter, May 21 (12-1 p.m.)

To attend, use this May 21st registration Qualtrics form

By the end of the “Punctuation” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify when it is appropriate and powerful to use each punctuation type
  • experiment with these different punctuation devices to create a more meaningful reading experience for your audience