SPRING 2017 Student Workshops

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Managing Writer's Block: Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00pm, Humanities 117

This workshop aims to undo the myth of “writer’s block.”  We will start with a discussion of why that blinking cursor or that blank page can be the biggest obstacle to our progress.  Then, through a series of activities, we will develop some strategies for overcoming “writer’s block” that can help students produce their best work without the constant stress of looming deadlines.  The workshop is open to all Rice students, faculty, and staff.   No registration is necessary.

Undergraduate Writing Clinic: Tuesdays, January 31 - March 28, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

How do you get started on a tough assignment? How do you move from a general topic to a specific argument? How do you contextualize that argument in a way that makes it matter to your readers? How do you organize claims and sequence your paragraphs? How do you conclude an argument without sounding redundant? How do you make it all flow? How do you revise things to make it even better?

This writing clinic offers a series of targeted workshops designed to increase your ability to make a compelling argument in the most effective way. Join us for any or all of the topics to learn useful strategies for navigating the conventions of academic writing.  Light snacks will be provided.  No registration is necessary.

Build Your English Vocabulary: Wednesdays, February 15 - March 8, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

This workshop is designed for non-native English-speaking students—undergraduate and graduate—who are seeking to expand their academic vocabulary. Students will be introduced to tools and strategies that will help them understand and learn new words and phrases from a variety of sources—from emails and news sites, to assigned readings and reports. Additionally, students will discover tools to aid them as they learn how to use new vocabulary in appropriate contexts. Participants will learn to approach every encounter with English as an opportunity to expand their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete short assignments based on selected reading and writing samples and will be offered individual consultations. Limited to 15 participants.

Registration opens January 30.

Oral Presentation Skills (Graduates): Thursdays, February 16 - March 2, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This intensive, result-oriented series of 3 classes will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice the presentation skills most essential for academic and professional success.  Students will learn practical techniques for designing, preparing and delivering an effective speech.  In addition, students will learn to control nervousness and grow confidence. Each student will receive an individualized set of recommendations to help them become a better presenter and communicator.  Limited to 15 participants.

Registration opens January 30.

Oral Presentation Skills (Undergrads): Wednesday, March 29, 7:00pm

Are you nervous about speaking in front of a group?  Do you like public speaking but feel you could improve how you communicate your ideas?  Are you unsure how to start or end a talk?  In this workshop, students will learn practical techniques for designing and delivering an effective talk, for managing anxiety, and for handling a Q&A session.  Limited to 20 participants.

Registration opens in March.

Rice Writes!: Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 7, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Lovett Commons

  • Need time to write?
  • Looking for a community to support your writing habits?
  • Want to fight composition isolation?

Let’s get together and write, Rice!  We invite undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to write analytically and/or creatively with us.

Other communications workshops on campus:

SUCCEED! workshops offered by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) offers a wide range of short courses on managing citations, using programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, and audio and video recording.

The Center for Career Development sponsors regular workshops on interviewing skills, resume writing, and using social media.

Regular classes in English and American culture are organized by the Office of International Students and Scholars.