Model Papers


Are you trying to write the perfect paper, but just don't know what your professors expect of you? Look at these model papers to get an idea of what kind of work first-year students are producing. If you think you are model paper material, check out the Writing Center's Whitesell Contest! 


In-Class Workshops

Since 2005/2006, when we piloted the in-class writing workshop program,  we've grown it from a healthy yearly delivery of 60 sessions to nearly triple that number: over 170 in 2014/2015!

Most workshops will include some kind of presentation on a writing principle, including examples, followed by a hands-on exercise. The best sessions happen when students bring their own drafts to the workshop for  further revision. 

 A list of the most typical topics of the workshops follows.

  • Invention (brainstorming, freewriting, diagramming, thesis drafting)
  • Thesis Statements 
  • Introductions
  • Body Paragraphs (unity, flow, thorough development)
  • Conclusions
  • Paraphrasing and Quoting
  • Citing Sources
  • Sentence Boundaries
  • Punctuation Problems (especially commas)
  • Stylish Prose (Concision and Diction)
  • Finding and Fixing Passive Voice
  • Proofreading
  • Peer Feedback
  • Delivering Oral Presentations

We are happy to tailor any of the above topics to your specific needs, and we are also always excited to put together entirely new workshops on particular issues or assignments. Don't hesitate to ask! 

If you would like to request a workshop for your class, please contact Assistant Director Justin B. Hopkins at or extension 4811. We look forward to working with you!