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Fall 2018

Reading & Book Signings: Authors Fran Wilde and Malka Older

The Writing Center is grateful to the university's Cultural Affairs Committee for supporting two events, both free to the public.

  • Award-winning Fantasy & SF writer Fran Wilde (Bone Universe trilogy, Riverland) will read from her work at Fountain Bookstore on Tuesday, October 9, at 6:30 pm. More information here. Ms. Wilde will be doing classroom workshops that day as well.
  • "Pioneering Cyberpunk" writer Malka Older will present her novel State Techtonics at Fountain Bookstore on Thursday, October 18, at 6:30 pm. More information here. Ms. Older will be leading a class discussion of her novel Infomocracy on campus that day as well.

"Writing Literature Reviews"

For Dr. Andrew Schoeneman's NPS 590U Integrative Seminar

When doing original research, one must acknowlege and respect the hard work done by others. But how to document everything found, including dead ends that may later prove useful? How to avoid rushing to judgement about a topic? How to put one's own oar into the water and make an original splash? This workshop will over all of these topics and include peer-work to get students to critique each other's work so far.

Spring 2018

"The Governing Claim: A Constitutional Model for 'Thesis' & Organization"

for Dr. Lauren Tilton's First-Year Seminar

Three Writing Consultants and the Professor will join Dr. Essid to do small-group work with weak, and stronger, thesis statements from a prior class. The idea of the workshop will be to move beyond simplistic notions of an unchanging, one-sentence thesis to an evolving claim that governs an entire paper and guides critical reading and thinking. Find the workshop presentation here.

"Writing Literature Reviews"

For Dr. Andrew Schoeneman's NPS 590U Integrative Seminar

How do we distinguish our own analysis from that found in sources? How do we decide which sources may provide counterexamples, have limitations, or bolster our own analysis? We will explore these and other questions about the steps to take when developing a literature review for a long project. Find the workshop presentation here.

Fall 2017

How To Build A Trilogy or Series - A Workshop For Novelists

Award-winning author Fran Wilde returns to University of Richmond to talk about trilogies - how they're planned, written, and beyond. She'll talk about ways to keep track of character details across multiple books, maintaining voice while advancing plot, and deepening themes. This interactive workshop will help you make a map for your trilogy, avoid writing yourself into a corner (and what you can do if it happens anyway) and address some common misconceptions about cliffhangers and endless epics.

Tuesday, October 24, 10am-2pm at the Richmond Room in the Heilman Dining Center. Limited to 15 participants; all must register in advance for the workshop. Contact Joe Essid for registration information. The Writing Center is grateful to the university's Cultural Affairs Committee for supporting this event, free to the public.

On-Demand Classroom Workshops:

Faculty should us let know if they wish to have a Consultant visit class to discuss an aspect of writing such as developing a thesis, introducing quotations, or shaping paragraphs.

If faculty members have a topic they would like presented, we need two week’s notice and information about how long the workshop should run. We can provide students with materials to reinforce the lesson and we can also simply visit to introduce the Writing Center to first-year classes. Contact Joe Essid for more information.