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Non-native Speaker? The Writing Center hosts a workshop series on grammar and English language usage. For one-on-one weekly tutorials, refer to the English Language Programs

Writing Workshops

Spring 2019 Workshop Offerings

Spring 2019 Grammar Workshops (SIGN UP ABOVE)

Introduction to Grammar: Parts of Speech and Terminology

  • This session focuses on the fundamentals of grammar: the language we use to talk about language. Knowing how to classify words helps us use them, so we'll be referring to this terminology throughout our four weeks.
  • Offered Monday 1/28 at 3:00pm and Tuesday 3/19 at 2:00pm

Sentence Structure: What Makes a Complete Sentence?

  • This session is all about how to form a complete thought, which is a foundational skill for any academic writing. We'll talk about independent and dependent clauses, sentence patterns, and how to avoid fragments and run-ons.
  • Offered Monday 2/4 at 3:00pm and Tuesday 3/26 at 2:00pm

Punctuation: Commas, Apostrophes, Semicolons, and More

  • Ever heard of a comma splice, shared possession, or the interrupter rule? In our punctuation workshop, we'll make these terms less frightening and look closely at how to use commas, apostrophes, semicolons, colons, and parentheses.
  • Offered Monday 2/11 at 3:00pm and Tuesday 4/2 at 2:00pm 

Style: Word Choice and Active vs Passive Voice

  • In our session on writing style, we'll explore how to choose the "strong" words that will most clearly and effectively convey your meaning. We'll also learn when it's appropriate to use the active voice and when it's appropriate to use the passive. 
  • Offered Monday 2/25 at 3:00pm and Tuesday 4/9 at 2:00pm 

Grammar Crash Course

  • This 90-minute workshop will summarize many of the topics covered in the other workshps, including parts of speech, punctuation, word choice, verb usage, active/passive voice, transitions, and more!
  • Offered Wednesday 3/6 at 10:30am and Thursday 4/11 at 5:00pm 

Class Visits

If you would like a Writing Center consultant to personally introduce our services to your students, please email Courtney Pina Miller and Brenden O'Donnell, Writing Center Co-Directors, at writingcenter@brandeis.edu.

We would be happy to visit your class and help your students get the most out of their time at the Writing Center.