Workshops and Special Events
Events Fall 2021
- September 1: The UWC's Director, Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, along with the Director of Academic Integrity, Michael Baily, presented the LT&ITC workshop "Helping Students Prevent Plagiarism: Hacks, Tips, and Resources." The workshop's purpose was to help professors identify best practices to decrease plagiarism and offer ways to mitigate student anxiety about accidental plagiarism.
- September 3: The UWC hosted its first First Friday Brown Bag event of the semester! We welcomed Dr. Erica Stone, Assistant Professor of English, and Sarah Wolfe, English Ph.D. candidate. All Brown Bag events start at noon on Zoom.
- September 21 & September 24: The UWC MT Engage Assistant facilitated a writing workshop entitled "ePortfolio Writing: Engaging in Reflection to Establish Connections" designed to help students deepen their reflective practice. This 60-minute, interactive workshop was a part of MT Engage Week. The September 21 workshop began at 5:00 in LIB 362, and the September 24 workshop began at 10:00 in LIB 362. Students enjoyed food and beverages at the event.
- October 1: The UWC hosted its second First Friday Brown Bag event of the semester! We welcomed Dr. Laura White, Professor of English, and Ashley Quinn, English Ph.D. candidate. All Brown Bag events start at noon on Zoom.
- October 28: The UWC, in partnership with the Daniels Center, General Education English, and the
James E. Walker Library, hosted the event "Write-On!" Tutors, librarians, and faculty
were available to help writers on English 1010, 1020, 2020, and 2030 projects. We
were excited to work with our veteran students and anyone else who wanted to stop
by! The event took place in the Daniels Center in KUC 124. The schedule was as follows:
- 1:00-3:00: General Drop-In
- 1:00-1:20: Focus on 1010: Genre Analysis
- 1:20-1:40: Mini Revision Workshop
- 1:40-2:00: Focus on 1020: Integrating Secondary Sources
- 2:00-2:20: Library Mini Workshop
- 2:20-2:40: Focus on 2020 and 2030: Literary Analysis
- 2:40-3:00: Mini Reflection Workshop
- November 5: The UWC hosted its final First Friday Brown Bag event of the semester. We welcomed Dr. Mischa Renfroe, Professor of English, and Brooke Massey, English M.A. student. All Brown Bag events start at noon on Zoom.
- November 6: UWC administrators and staff participated in TuColla 2021 (Tutor Collaboration Day), a statewide writing center conference.
Events Summer 2021
- May 21: The UWC's Associate and Assistant Directors led a workshop entitled Effective Business Writing for the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO) at their Support Staff Workshop.
- May 24-28: Our summer Graduate Writing Retreat was a success! We welcomed graduate writers from all disciplines working on theses, dissertations, seminar papers, conference papers, and grant applications. The Graduate Writing Retreat is sponsored each semester by the University Writing Center and the James E. Walker Library.
- July 27 and July 29: The UWC's Associate and Assistant Directors led two hands-on workshops for the LT&ITC: “Creating Course Documents with the Student in Mind" and "Creating Assignment Sheets with the Student in Mind."
Events Spring 2021
- January 11-15: The UWC hosted "The Graduate Writing Retreat" for all MTSU writers who are working on theses or dissertations. We will continue to offer these retreats at the beginning of each semester!
- January 28: The UWC participated in a workshop welcoming students from the Blackman Collegiate Academy. We discussed "Writing Identities" and "Writing Challenges" with the students. Welcome, Blackman students!
- March 5: The UWC hosted its First Friday Brown Bag event and welcomed Dr. Elyce Helford, Professor of English, and Dr. Christopher Weedman, Assistant Professor of English. They shared their collaborative experience in putting together an edited collection. Joining them was English Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth McGhee Williams, who spoke about her dissertation project on feminist disruptions within digital academic communities.
- March 23: The UWC partnered with the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) to present Poster and Pitch, a workshop to help students prepare for Scholars Week, conference presentations, research posters, or simply improve presentation skills. At this workshop, students learned how to strengthen design decisions and deliver elevator pitches to capture an audience's attention.
- April 2: The UWC hosted its second First Friday Brown Bag event of the semester. We welcomed Dr. Bridgett Donnelly, Assistant Professor of English, and Madonna Kemp, English Ph.D. candidate.
- April 19: The UWC’s MT Engage ePortfolio Program Coordinator guest lectured at the Spring 2021 Honors Lecture Series (UH 3000) at 3:00. The workshop outlined the basic elements of ePortfolio, provided a step-by-step guide for engaging in reflection, and established connections between the skills developed by reflective ePortfolio practices and those required to engage effectively in the pursuit of social justice.
Events Fall 2020
- September 4: The UWC hosted its first First Friday Brown Bag Lunch of the semester for graduate English students and faculty. We welcomed Dr. Poushali Bhadury and Katie Musick.
- October 2: The UWC hosted its second First Friday Brown Bag Lunch of the semester for graduate English students and faculty. We welcomed Dr. Christopher Weedman and Sidney Blaylock.
- November 6: The UWC hosted its final First Friday Brown Bag Lunch of the semester for graduate English students and faculty. We welcomed Dr. Fred Arroyo and Katherine Bronson.
- November 7: The MTSU UWC hosted TuColla 2020 (Tutor Collaboration Day Conference) virtually on Zoom featuring an interactive keynote with Muriel Harris! Please visit the TuColla 2020 website for more information and the CFP. TuColla 2020 is sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center Association.
- November 18: The James E. Walker Library and the Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center hosted a special virtual program with award-winning poet Michelle Peñaloza. Joining Michelle were the student winners of the inaugural 2020 Eureka! Creative Writing Contest.
Events Spring 2020
- January 16: The UWC participated in beginning-of-the-semester events including the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center's "Newcomer's Briefing" Orientation and MTSU Online orientation.
- January 30: UWC Director, Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, with Academic Integrity Director, Michael Baily, held a workshop in the LT&ITC entitled Helping Students Prevent Plagiarism: Hacks, Tips, and Resources at 11:30.
- February 7: The UWC hosted its first First Friday Brown Bag Lunch of the semester for graduate English students and faculty.
- February 12-13: The UWC with MT Engage held an ePortfolio write-in from 2:20-4:20 on Wednesday and 1:00-3:00 on Thursday.
- February 24: The UWC hosted university advisors from across campus for a workshop at 9:00 am.
- February 25: The UWC with the Career Development Center hosted a workshop on resumes and elevator pitches at 4:30 in LIB 272.
- March 3: The UWC with URECA held a workshop entitled Poster and Pitch to help students get ready for upcoming poster presentations at 3:30 in LIB 272.
- March 4: The UWC with the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and the English department hosted Waffles and Writing in the Daniels Center from 9:00-12:00. Veterans enjoyed waffles and received help on current writing assignments.
- March 4: The UWC administrators in conjunction with the LT&ITC facilitated Effective Teaching Philosophy Statements: A Hands-On Workshop at 3:00.
- March 18: The UWC with James E. Walker Library held a graduate writing workshop for theses and dissertations in LIB 272 at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm (postponed).
- March 19: The UWC with the Career Development Center hosted a workshop on resumes, CVs, and cover letters at 4:30 in LIB 272 (changed to a digital event due to COVID-19).
- March 20: The UWC will host its second First Friday Brown Bag event (postponed).
- March 24: Win $100! The UWC with James E. Walker Library held a creative writing contest with the theme of Eureka! Three categories of entry were poetry, short fiction, and short creative nonfiction. One winner from each category received a $100 prize.
- April 3: The UWC will host its final First Friday Brown Bag event of the semester (postponed).
- April 7: The UWC with the Career Development Center held a workshop on personal marketing and branding online at 4:30 in LIB 272 (digital event).
- April 9-10: The UWC with MT Engage held an ePortfolio Write-In in LIB 272. The April 9 write-in will be from 1:00-3:00, and the April 10 write-in will be from 2:30-4:30 (postponed).
Events Fall 2019
- August 19-22: The UWC participated in several beginning-of-the-semester events including: New Faculty Orientation, International Student Orientation, College of Graduate Studies Orientation, the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center's "Newcomer's Briefing" Orientation, and the Student Transition and Academic Readiness (S.T.A.R.) program.
- August 28: The UWC Open House: Attendees had coffee and treats on us and learned more about the UWC!
- September 4: The UWC joined the Makerspace for an Open House.
- September 18: The UWC with MT Engage presented an LT&ITC workshop on Designing and Evaluating Reflective Writing Assignments at 11:00.
- September 19: The UWC hosted Central Magnet School writing tutors for a professional development workshop day.
- September 24: The UWC welcomed Siegel High School tutors for a professional development workshop day.
- September 26: The UWC participated in a workshop series for graduate writing with Walker Library and the College of Graduate Studies. The UWC hosted its workshop on Graduate Level Writing at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm in LIB 272.
- October 4: The UWC held the very first First Friday Brown Bag Lunch of the semester for English graduate students and English graduate faculty.
- October 10: The UWC and MTSU Online hosted Dr. Beth Hewett, an expert on online writing instruction and support, for a dynamic guest lecture at 11:00 in HONR 106. Anyone who teachers online/hybrid courses that have reading and writing components were encouraged to attend.
- October 17 and October 21: The UWC along with Walker Library and the College of Graduate Studies hosted two Writing Center Writing Retreats for graduate students. Both were held at 10:00 am in LIB 272.
- November 1: The UWC held the second First Friday Brown Bag Lunch of the semester.
- November 2: The UWC was proud to host Tutor Collaboration Day (TuColla) 2019 sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA)! Please see our TuColla 2019 website for details and CFP.
- December 3 and December 4: The UWC with MTEngage hosted an ePortfolio write-in from 3:00-5:00 in LIB 264.
Events Spring 2019
- The UWC collected books for the Children's Book Drive until April 12, 2019. The books were donated in April.
- TheUWC hosted "First Friday" Brown Bag Lunch Series for English graduate students
in fall and spring semester. Here are some highlights from spring 2019:
- February 1, 12:00-1:00pm, LIB 362: Dr. Eric Detweiler and PhD student Sarah Wolfe. Download Flyer for more details
- February 22, 12:00-1:00pm, LIB 362: Dr. Poushali Bhadury and PhD candidate Rachel Donegan. Download Flyer for more details
- March 29, 12:00-1:00pm, LIB 362: Drs. Ellen Donovan, Rhonda McDaniel, William Levine, Chris Weedman, Eric Detweiler, and Martha Dixon discussed their upcoming summer and fall courses.
Walker Library, Room 362
The Writing Center
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132