Make an appointment today!
Our writing presentations and workshops are very popular with resident assistants, members/presidents of student groups, peer mentors, faculty, and the Muncie community. Request a presentation today!
and Group Visits
Writing Center Introduction
(10 to 15 minutes)
Learn more about the Writing Center services and philosophy. We’ll come to your group or class, or everyone
can come to our center. You’ll get a chance to meet a peer tutor, who will tell
all about our Web site, our online scheduling system, how we can help, and more. There’s a brief question and answer period
at the end.
Peer Critique Fishbowl (30 to 45
Getting feedback on writing can easily ruffle feathers and make people feel
defensive. That’s why it is so helpful for students to see what constructive
writing feedback is like. In this presentation, a peer tutor works with one or
more of your students in front of the class to show what kinds of questions and
feedback lead to a productive peer critique session. Instructors can ask the
other students to pay attention to what seems particularly helpful and can lead
a follow-up discussion to create guidelines for peer critique collaboratively.
Classroom Tutor (duration of class)
Instructors can request a tutor for a session during class. The tutors sit in
with peer critique groups or work with students one-to-one during class time.
Citation Workshop (30 to 50 minutes)
Need a class workshop on MLA, APA, or
Chicago Manual of Style? The Writing Center provides interactive class
workshops on how to cite sources and how to format in these citation styles.
Please have students bring the projects and sources they are working with to
Literature Review Workshop (30-75 minutes)
Incorporating what other scholars have
written about a topic into your own research can be challenging. How do I connect secondary sources into my own writing? How do I make the sources
"talk to each other"? This workshop helps novice research writers
organize and integrate secondary research into a cohesive review of literature
that can be incorporated into various types of research projects.
We provide workshops and presentations on a variety of other topics including
the basics of academic writing, citations, and academic honesty, working with
sources, and revision/proofreading strategies. Please contact us if there is a
specific workshop or presentation you would be interested in.
We will also custom design sessions for you. Have an idea for a workshop topic
for students or the general public? We’re interested! Contact us.
Special Events in the Writing Center
Statement of Purpose Workshop (50
Applying to Graduate School? Confused on
what to write? Want help on your Statement of Purpose? Get general tips and
experienced advice on this particularly important piece of your graduate school
application. Bring a draft and work with a tutor to revise it.
Writing Across Borders (50 minutes)
Writing Across Borders is a film directed by Wayne Robertson and published by Oregon State University Center for
Writing and Learning and Writing Intensive Curriculum Program, 2005.
Once a year, the Writing Center shows a
screening of this video, which sparks conversation about international students
and writing on campus. Made by the Oregon State Writing Center, this video
shows interviews with both international students and instructors who talk
about the difficulties with writing in a non-native language. Learn about how
cultural differences affect non-native speakers writing as well as how
instructors can best meet the needs of these students.
National Day on Writing
The National Day on Writing occurs each
year in October and is designed to encourage national attention to the art of
writing. The theme in 2013 was write2connect, which encouraged all who write to
talk about the ways they use writing to connect—between subject areas, with
other people, with organizations and opportunities, and more. Each year, the
Writing Center organizes a campus-wide recognition of writing and encourages
students, faculty, and staff to write for more than just academic purposes.
Copyright © 2014 Ball State University 2000 W. University Ave. Muncie, IN 47306800-382-8540 and 765-289-1241