Upcoming Library Workshops

Inspiration & Research for Creative Writers

Come and see what library resources can do for your fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and any other genre. Whether you’re just getting started or finishing your manuscript, this workshop is for you. We’ll take a brief look at how creative writers use research for inspiration and fact checking, then we’ll introduce you to the exciting world of specialized reference sources and databases. We’ll also share strategies for finding writing handbooks and works by other writers. Bring your writing ideas and questions, too.

In Person: PCL 1.124

April 3                                   11-11:50am

Taught by Kristen Hogan (English Literature & Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian) & Allyssa Guzman (Senior Library Specialist in Research & Information Services)

RSVP encouraged, but not required
Lights… Camera… Longhorns! Creating videos for your student organization with iMovie
Get your group on the web with iMovie! This workshop, specially designed for student organizations, will teach you to import and edit video footage, add a soundtrack and titles, and upload to the web. Even if you have no experience of working with video, iMovie will help you produce professional-looking content with speed and ease.

In Person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 24                                11-12

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees

 

Podcasting with Audacity

Get on the air with Audacity, a simple recording and editing program favored by a global community of podcasters. In this workshop you will learn how to record directly from an external device, import audio files, edit recordings and export your podcast as a broadcast-ready MP3. You’ll also learn a few other tricks of the trade, such as how to combine audio samples, improve sound quality and apply effects.
Participants are not required to bring their own materials but may bring their own audio files or recording devices.

In Person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 10                            10-11am

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees

 

Poster Design Workshop

The workshop emphasizes poster design principles; appropriate sections for a research poster; presenting your poster; understanding your audience; and evaluating a poster. This workshop or its equivalent in your program is required for all students presenting at the Longhorn Research Bazaar during Research Week.

In person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 3                                  3-4:30pm

Taught by Robert Reichle of the Office of Undergraduate Research

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees

 

Public Speaking

According to some polls, a majority of Americans fear public speaking more than death. Projecting a confident presence when called upon to share your ideas in public can impact your success in school and life. This workshop leads you through the fundamentals of speech delivery, provides rehearsal tips and helps you create a personal plan to improve your speech delivery. Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving excellence as a Longhorn. Make your own luck.

In person: PCL 1.124

February 9                               5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

March 31                                 5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Michelle Jewell of the Sanger Learning Center

 

Writing Writing Assignments

Intended for graduate student instructors and faculty, this workshop will discuss four aspects of writing effective writing assignments: the major genres of undergraduate writing; the relationship (and sometimes disconnect) between those genres and course goals; methods of stair-stepping short writing assignments to lead to larger ones; and genres of writing assignment prompts. Drawing from research, our own experience as writing teachers, and our work with students in the University Writing Center, we will share general advice and offer specific models.

In person: PCL 1.124

March 26                                 1-3pm

RSVP – encouraged, but not required

Taught by the University Writing Center staff

 

Here are the ones I mentioned last email that are coming up soon:

Time Management for Researchers

Scholarship on graduate student and faculty success strongly suggests that academics who publish on a regular basis don’t necessarily work more than anyone else, but use their time strategically. This two-hour workshop will provide a quick overview of the research on scholarly writing and its relationship to time management and procrastination. The final third of the workshop will concern apps, programs, and practical strategies for managing the writing process effectively.
In person: PCL 1.124

March 27                                  12-2pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Trish Roberts-Miller of the University Writing Center

 

Using the Thesis/Dissertation Templates 
The Graduate School distributes a set of thesis and dissertation templates in Microsoft Word for Apple and Windows computers, which will help you format your paper according to current requirements. This workshop will help you learn to use the templates, and will cover such topics as the use of styles, correct page numbering, and table of contents generation.

In person: PCL 1.124

April 10                                    3-4:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

April 16                                    1-2:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School