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- Albert Einstein

UMD students

Spring Semester 2018

These Writers' Workshop Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions are designed for UMD students and scholars whose first language is not English. All workshops are free, and no registration is required. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. We meet in KAML 213 on the second floor of the library behind the Writers’ Workshop.

Study Groups 

Topics Addressed:


Academic Writing: Formal academic verbs, reporting verbs, verb tenses in literature reviews, hedging, establishing and occupying a research niche

Writing with Sources: Finding sources, reading strategies, note-taking, summarizing, paraphrasing, quotations, and citations

GRE & GMAT Preparation: Analytical writing, verbal and critical reasoning, reading comprehension, and sentence correction

Speaking & Pronunciation: Linking, reductions, intonation, pronunciation exercises, conversation starters, discussions

Tuesdays, January 30, February 6 & 13, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 

Tuesdays, February 20 & 27, March 13, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Tuesdays, April 3, 10 & 17, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

Tuesdays (ongoing), 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Drop-in Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. and repeated on Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. to accommodate different schedules.

Topics Addressed:


1:00 - 1:50 p.m.


12:00 - 12:50 p.m.

Using Articles Correctly

Verb Tenses I: General Review

Verb Tenses II: Choosing Verb Tenses in Literature Reviews

Formatting a Paper: Layout, Headers, Running Head Format

Structuring a Paper


Transition Signals

Citations I: MLA, APA, Citation Makers 

Citations II: In-text Citations, Quotation Marks

Commas, Commas, Commas

Conjunctions: Advanced Tips

Prepositions I: General Review, Hanging Prepositions

Prepositions II: Prepositional Verbs

January 30

February 6

February 13

February 20

February 27

March 6

March 13

March 20 

March 27

April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24

January 31

February 7

February 14


February 28

March 7

March 14

March 21

March 28

April 4

April 11

April 18

April 25