The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 18, 2012

Mountain State University to host writing workshop

BECKLEY — A 10-week writing workshop at Mountain State University will boost the confidence and sharpen the skills of participants in producing well-crafted research papers, critical reviews, proposals, projects, theses and dissertations.

“Writing Excellence: Mastering writing skills for graduate-level work” is being offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 20 in the Heritage Hall computer lab on Mountain State’s main campus in Beckley. Cost is $150.

The workshop, which continues through June 7 (with a two-week break), is open to the public, but seating is limited. Contact Londa Justus at or call 304-461-3493.

Workshop participants will:

— Enhance basic writing capabilities to write in a polished and scholarly fashion;

— Learn to organize academic writing appropriately based on purpose and academic field;

— Sharpen skills for style, tone, fluency, vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar to write for a wide range of audiences;

— Engage in group activities, as well as one-on-one instruction, to foster writing and proofreading ability; and,

— Develop strategies for reading and thinking critically.

The workshop includes an overview of APA style, used within most of MSU’s graduate programs. APA format is the official style of the American Psychological Association and is commonly used to cite sources in psychology, education and the social sciences.

Workshop instructor Shanna Isner received her bachelor's degree in English and professional writing from West Virginia State University in 2001, and her master's degree in humanities and literary studies from Marshall University Graduate College in 2005. She has taught a wide array of English classes at Mountain State University, West Virginia State University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.

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