Loyola University Maryland

The Writing Center

Resources for Undergraduates

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Workshops for Spring Semester 2014

Novel Workshop

Planning to write a novel? Or, perhaps you've already broken ground? Either way, you might be interested in joining the Writing Center's Spring Novel Writing Workshop. Under the direction of Dr. Hobson, you will have the opportunity to workshop a chapter or two (up to 10 pages) of your novel. You'll receive constructive feedback from Dr. Hobson as well as from several other students also working on novels. 

There are no genre restrictions--it could be literary or mainstream, for an adult or a young adult audience, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, western, etc. Rough drafts are welcomed, and encouraged. The basic commitment is to submit up to 10 double spaced pages, read (over the course of several weeks) approximately 50 pages (10 pages x 5 members), and to meet to discuss the chapters. 

Spaces will be limited to 5, so if you'd like to join, please email Dr. Hobson soon as possible at mahobson@loyola.edu

Here are the deadlines:

Monday, March 3: Submit 10 double spaced pages (electronically)
Friday, April 4: Workshop 1 (about 2 hours--pizza provided)
Friday, April 11: Workshop 2 (if needed; about 2 hours--pizza provided)

Poetry Workshop

Feb 14: Ekphrastic poetry
Art is often a collaborative activity, and part of an ongoing conversation. Ekphrastic poetry, where poems riff off other art forms, will be the focus of this workshop. We'll look at several poems that respond to famous paintings (and paintings that respond to poems). We'll write our own poems in this session, so feel free to bring material you'd like to respond to!

Feb 28: Sonnets
Traditional sonnets, modern sonnets.
We'll look at several styles of the sonnet, in English, and attempt our own 14-line wonders. 

Mar 28: Poetry workshop
Have you been working on poems in your spare time? Did you write a fantastic ekphrastic poem or sonnet? Are you a non-major with no workshop access? We'll provide feedback for you! In this workshop we'll have time for 1-2 poems.

Sign up a week or more in advance so we can trade poems and ready our responses for the meeting on the 28th.  To sign up for workshops, fill out the form here

Writer's Block

How to be Original

Some thoughts on how to become truly engaged in a paper. Excellent for prewriting writer’s block.

World Wide Words

A running column of colorful articles about the origin of specific words and phrases in the English language. Great for people who are either endlessly curious about English words or enjoy impressing members of the opposite sex at cocktail parties. A large index of past articles touches upon the origins of everyday terms like “duct tape” and “jazz” to rarer terms like “loblolly boy” and “mumpsimus”.

General Writing

The Forest of Rhetoric

It’s easy to forget that how you say something is just as important as what you actually say. This website offers a variety of surprisingly practical tips covering any type of paper you’d want to write, along with guidelines for figures of speech and methods of persuasion.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue

Contains comprehensive up-to-date advice about MLA Style, APA Style, and writing in general. Also covers every stage of the writing process (from choosing an idea and creating a thesis to finalizing your paper) and grammar.

Paradigm: Online Writing Assistant

A well-organized review of the entire writing process. Covers everything from choosing a topic and outlining to sentence-structure and tone. Also includes tips for genre-specific writing (thesis, argumentative, informal, exploratory).

The Elements of Style

A classic and concise manual about American English writing, full of little “rich deposits of gold.”

Guide to Grammar and Style

A near perfect conceptualization of various basic writing techniques, which should help writers not only follow grammatical rules, but also use them for their advantage. Topics range from split-infinitives to “bugbears”, which are “Pedantic and vicious debates over knotty matters.” Readers are encouraged to “Think of grammar and style as analogous to, say, table manners.”

Research: Documentation

Loyola Notre Dame Library’s APA Style Guide

APA Style rules for citing from various types of sources.

Research and Documentation Online

Comprehensive reference for finding and citing sources, with sections for general and specific and academic disciplines. Includes citation guidelines and examples, database links, sample papers, and tips for judging various resources.

The University of Auckland Student Learning Centre

A fun and informative refresher on how to find and cite credible resources. Check out the 10-minute interactive tutorials.

APA Research Style Crib Sheet

Quick reference guide for APA Style issues

Writing: Reference

Merriam Webster Online

A reliable online dictionary and thesaurus. Also see their free email word of the day service.

Your Dictionary, “The Last Word in Words”

Provides an online dictionary service, along with helpful links for grammatical lessons of other languages, glossaries in specific academic disciplines, and other references for writing style.


ESL Desk

A large reference site by and for ESL students, complete with lists of irregular verbs and common English mistakes.

The Internet TESL Journal

Monthly internet journal consisting of lessons for students, teaching techniques for professors, and miscellaneous articles on multicultural topics.