Writing Center Workshops

The Writing Center offers students the opportunity to attend workshops, which are held approximately twice a month, throughout the fall and winter semesters. Student workshops are typically held Tuesday or Thursday during “dead hour.”

Schedule of upcoming workshops

All workshops take place in the Briggs 129 (Next to The Writing Center) and last about 45 minutes. Students who are interested in attending should reserve a spot by calling 313-993-1022 or emailing writingcenter@udmercy.edu. Space is limited to 10 students per workshop.


APA Documentation

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
In this workshop, students are introduced to the APA documentation style (6th edition), including how to quote and summarize from an original source. This hands-on workshop, led by peer consultant Nick, students will see examples and format citations/references in their own work. Topics include citing within the text, using signal phrases, creating the references page, and documenting online sources.

Decoding Instructor Feedback and Essay Revision

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
Instructors use a variety of words and common abbreviations when they respond to their students' writing. Sometimes these words seem confusing. In this workshop, Stuart will help students translate these terms and offer tips for revising.

Introduction to The Writing Center

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
This workshop shows how Writing Center consultants can help students with their writing. It is a great way for students to meet our staff and see everything The Writing Center has to offer. Join Shermana to learn how to make an appointment through our online scheduler, and how to navigate fully online Writing Center appointments.

Synthesizing Research

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
In this workshop led by Writing Center Director, Lauren Rinke, students will learn helpful strategies for working with multiple research sources. Students will have the opportunity to pre-write and utilize their own research to organize articles, while also learning best practices for utilizing quoted source material within their essays.

Utilizing Transitions

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
This workshop, led by senior consultant Stuart Tucker, will give students tips and tools to present their ideas in a clear and understandable way. Transitional words and phrases can create powerful links between ideas and can help readers understand a paper’s logic. Students will have an opportunity to revise their own work to enhance the logical flow of ideas.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
This workshop, led by Sarah, will give students an overview of University of Detroit Mercy’s policy on plagiarism, as well as how to avoid it. Students will receive practical advice, along with a discussion on techniques they can employ while conducting research to avoid some of the pitfalls of committing plagiarism.

Peer Review

Thursday, March 24, 2022 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
Peer review has a bad reputation. Some view peer review as unproductive because they’ve received advice that’s too nice or too vague to be helpful, too critical to be constructive, or too focused on surface-level editing issues rather than content. In this workshop led by Jake, students learn the concepts and practices of effective peer review. They will see examples of constructive and non-constructive feedback and learn why it's not helpful to correct every mistake in a paper or to give only positive feedback.

Writing a Literature Review

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 — 1 - 1:45p.m.
This workshop helps students understand the value of a literature review and offers strategies for how to effectively write one at the college level. Stuart will cover how to structure a literature review, reading strategies, writing strategies, synthesis, and appropriate citation strategies.

Write Nights

Join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month (beginning Nov. 17) for focused writing time with the assistance of a consultant.

Write Nights
5 - 7 p.m.
Briggs 129

Students will be provided with a free snack to fuel your writing!

No registration needed. Just show up and work on your writing.

Request a workshop

University of Detroit Mercy faculty are invited to request Writing Center workshops. Workshops are an excellent way to introduce students to specialized topics in writing and give students a chance to practice.

Workshops are taught by a writing consultant with topic-specific training, and can be held in your classroom or Briggs 129.