Workshop Catalog

Considering Michigan State’s move to virtual instruction, the Writing Center has suspended all workshops for the remainder of the semester. We are currently not taking workshop requests for the summer.

The Writing Center offers a variety of workshops designed to support faculty in classrooms and organizations across the MSU community. Take a look at the workshop catalog below to find which workshops best support your course plans. To request a workshop for your class, fill out the Workshop Request FormPlease request workshops at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for processing.

Introduction to The Writing Center

The Introduction to The Writing Center workshop is a 15-20 minute overview of the services and locations that The Writing Center offers. This workshop is often given in conjunction with other workshops (e.g. WC Intro with Peer Response workshop).

APA Citation Style Workshop

The APA Citation Style workshop presents the basics of APA citation formatting, as well as addresses the relationship between plagiarism and citations using real life examples and sources from MSU. This workshop also provides time for students to work on their own citations and introduces them to important resources.

Comic Life Workshop

The Comic Life workshop is designed to engage students in visual storytelling using comics. The idea is to show how stories can be communicated in many different ways, and that writing does not have to be primarily textual. This workshop will also introduce comic terminology. Students have the opportunity to develop a short comic of their own using Comic Life software.

Communicating Effectively with Visuals Workshop

The Communicating Effectively with Visuals Workshop focuses on understanding what it means to use visuals in a presentation. This workshop addresses key visual topics when students are presenting in formats such as PowerPoint, Prezi, web pages, and any other visual communication modes. The principles of visual design such as layout, typography, repetition are explained as they relate to visual presentations. Participants have time to work on their own visual designs and receive feedback from our presenters.

Creative Writing Workshop

The Creative Writing workshop introduces and explains the important aspects of a creative piece of writing. The presenter teaches the students about many different approaches to the writing process. The students participate in exercises throughout the workshop that will help brainstorm and develop their writing.

Digital Video Workshop

The Digital Video workshop focuses on video as a composing tool and skill. Presenters will discuss moving images, audio (voiceovers, music and sound effects), titles, and transitions, as well as considerations of delivery and copyright. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the decisions that go into video-making, as well as offer a place to play and experiment using these concepts while making their own movies, regardless of which platform they are using. This workshop is best held in The Writing Center but can also be held in your classroom.

Grant Writing Workshop

The Grant Writing workshop introduces the genre of grant writing to participants, then outlines the process of creating an effective grant proposal, from reviewing application materials to tracking these materials throughout the process of proposing. This workshop provides examples and tips, as well as an opportunity to develop and format participants’ own documents.

Multilingual Writers Workshop

The Multilingual Writers workshop outlines strategies to support multilingual students as they work to communicate through writing. Topics covered include the features of various writing mediums, skills for reading and understanding writing prompts, strategies for writing an academic essay, and writing accurate citations.

Peer Response Workshop

The Peer Response workshop outlines strategies for students to offer one another generative criticism on works-in-progress, both one-on-one and in small groups. First, our presenters describe and define peer response, then offer a mock peer response session. Finally, students break into groups and spend a good portion of this workshop practicing peer response with classmates. Presenters listen in on these conversations and offer feedback when necessary.

Personal Statements Workshop

The Personal Statements workshop is a great introduction to the careful and meticulous writing of personal statements and statements of purpose for graduate school applications and funding opportunities. This workshop discusses the genre of personal statements, and offers tips and things to avoid. Most importantly, this workshop facilitates participants to write and reflect with their peers on these high stakes pieces of writing.

Plagiarism & Copyright Workshop

The Plagiarism & Copyright workshop works with your students to define and identify plagiarism within MSU’s policies regarding Academic Integrity. We review proper citation use and styling, including MLA and APA citation styles. We also offer a discussion on copyright and intellectual property and the importance of giving credit to sources, authors, scholars, artists, and even fellow students.

Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters Workshop

The Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters workshop provides students with a basic knowledge of creating these professional documents. This workshop provides examples and tips, as well as the opportunity to develop and format their own documents to maximize effectiveness.

Writing Process Workshop

The Writing Process workshop introduces students to the varied and unique processes writers experience. Our presenters provide different writing processes then ask students to map their own writing process. The goal of this workshop is to give students an awareness of their own process in the hopes that visualizing them will offer insight into where students struggle, and where they excel.

Custom Presentation or Workshop

The Writing Center offers custom presentations and workshops that may combine aspects of our standard workshops or request a specific consultant or group of consultants to speak to particular expertise. We are happy to work with you to create a workshop that will meet the needs of your students. Contact our Workshop Coordinator for more information ( Please allow at least 3 weeks for the creation of custom workshops.

Navigating the PhD Workshop Series

This series is for PhD students across departments and disciplines. These two interactive writing workshops, given at least once a semester, are designed to help you develop an individualized plan for graduate writing, especially comprehensive exams, dissertation proposals, and dissertations. Session 1 is designed for students in the early years of their PhD study. Session 2 is designed for students in the latter years of their PhD study. See below for descriptions.

For more information about the Navigating the PhD workshop, please contact the Graduate School at for information about scheduling and registration, or the workshop facilitator at about content.