Workshop Archives

Missed a workshop that you really wanted to attend? Find a list of PowerPoint presentations and video recordings of previous workshops below. You will need to download the free Adobe Connect application to view recordings (clicking on a recording will open a prompt to download this application). Don’t forget to check out our upcoming workshop events this semester.

Graduate Workshops  

Part 1: Schedule Writing into Your Busy Life
Dr. Rebecca Cantor

 Learn how to schedule writing into your day with realistic and regular goals that will cut down on procrastination and eliminate that persistent feeling of guilt. By allowing time to work through the writing process, you will create better arguments with stronger and smoother prose and eliminate the majority of your sentence-level errors. We will also cover how to use your Google Calendar (free with your APU or any Gmail account) to schedule writing, set tasks, receive reminders and alerts, and get a handle on your complicated life. Bring a laptop or tablet, if possible.

Part 2: How to Become a Productive Writer

Dr. Rebecca Cantor

Writing is a major part of any master’s or doctoral program, as well as most careers. In this workshop, you will learn how to brave the blank page with practical brainstorming and drafting strategies that will help you start confidently. We will also discuss tips and tools to help you become a productive writer who works quickly and without self-censorship. Write that major paper. Finish your dissertation. We can help.

Part 3: Revision Strategies for Graduate Students

Dr. Rebecca Cantor

In this workshop, we will cover several strategies for revising with an eye toward organization and transitions, editing in order to make your prose sound better, and proofreading to catch sentence-level errors. Discussion topics will range from small projects such as emails and cover letters to articles and dissertation chapters. We will also cover the 10 most common writing errors, so you will know what to look for when proofreading. Come gain tools that you will use throughout the rest of your education and career.

Doctoral Workshops

Doctoral Workshop Series #1: Planning Your Dissertation led by Dr. Tori Dalzell, October 5, 2018
Many people think that a dissertation is simply a long paper that you write at the end of your doctoral program, but it is actually integral to the entire doctoral process. This online workshop describes how doctoral candidacy and dissertation writing integrates with the rest of a doctoral program, examines the kinds of questions researchers ask, and introduces doctoral resources at APU. It is primarily aimed at new doctoral students who anticipate writing a dissertation and are wondering what it requires.

Doctoral Workshop Series #2: Proposal Writing led by Dr. Basil Considine, February 9, 2015
This online workshop is primarily aimed at doctoral students who have completed their primary coursework and are writing or preparing to write their dissertation proposal. It includes an overview of the general structure of the proposal, proposal-specific writing tips, and an overview of related resources at APU. Approximately half of the workshop time is allocated for answering student questions.

Doctoral Workshop Series #3: IRBs and Research Methods led by Dr. Basil Considine and Dr. Lewis Bonney, November 23, 2015
This online workshop is designed for doctoral students who are planning the research phase of their dissertation, especially students who anticipate gathering primary data from human subjects. Drs. Considine and Bonney discuss common questions about IRB applications, selecting research methodologies, and best practices for timely review and protecting participants.

Doctoral Workshop Series #4: Results, Conclusions, and Revisions led by Dr. Basil Considine, December 2, 2015
This online workshop provides tips and best practices for writing the final chapters of a doctoral dissertation. Designed for use by doctoral students who have completed their research and are writing their results and conclusions chapters, revising proposal chapters to reflect the final study, and otherwise working on the final stages of their dissertation process.

General Workshops

APA Documentation led by Dan Roberts

Join us to learn the documentation style used in social sciences such as psychology, nursing, and education, as well as the natural sciences.

Chicago Manual of Style Documentation led by Dr. Basil Considine

This workshop covers the basics of how to format a paper, use footnotes, and create your bibliography in Chicago Manual of Style. Also recommended as a starting resource for students writing papers in Turabian and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).

Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) Documentation led by Dr. Tori Dalzell

This workshop covers the basics of how to format a paper, use footnotes, and create a bibliography in SBL. It includes a discussion of subtle differences in formatting, use of abbreviations, and headline style between SBL, CMS, and APA.

Introduction to Zotero led by James Hansen

This workshop is an introduction to Zotero, an online source management software that can help you organize sources and automatically format citations and bibliographies in APA, Chicago, or MLA.

Literature Review led by Dr. Basil Considine

This workshop covers the basics of how to plan and write a thorough literature review, including tips on organizing your research.

Planning Your Paper  led by Laci Corzo

This workshop offers strategies to help students successfully envision and begin their writing projects with ease.

The Art of Argument led by Dr. Rebecca Cantor

In this workshop, we will go over the basics of writing arguments, including thesis statements, premises, evidence, audience, and addressing the counterargument.

How to Write a Cover Letter led by Dr. Tori Dalzell

This workshop covers the basics of writing a cover letter. It is tailored to clinical psychology students writing cover letters for internship applications, but the principles presented apply to letters written in application for any job.