Student getting help at the writing support desk


Note: All WSD workshops will be conducted via Blackboard Virtual Lounge until further notice.

The Writing Support Desk provides free workshops on topics related to academic writing, including

  • sentence structure,
  • punctuation,
  • transitions,
  • pre-writing strategies,
  • essays structure, and
  • citing and referencing.

How to access a WSD workshop online

  1. Ensure you have access to the WSD Blackboard page under 'Organizations.' If you do not, use the self-enrollment link below go gain access to the workshop you wish to attend.
  2. Log into Blackboard and select 'Organizations' and then 'Writing Support.'
  3. Select 'Virtual Lounge' from the menu.
  4. Select the workshop you wish to attend from the list. Workshop rooms will open approximately 15 minutes before the start time.

This short video demonstrates how to access Writing Support workshops online.

To self-enroll for the WSD Blackboard page, follow the link below.

Want to request a WSD workshop for your students?

The Writing Support Desk offers specialized workshops on a range of writing issues.

If you are a professor, department head, staff member, or student leader and would like to request a workshop for your students, please email us at

Workshop Schedule, Summer 2022

Tuesday, May 17th, 1:00-2:00 - Common Writing Issues: Get a rundown of common writing issues and tips for how to avoid them. 

Tuesday, May 24th, 1:00-2:00 - Sentence Structure: Learn the differences between simple, complex, and compound sentences and how to use them effectively.

Saturday, May 28th, 12:00-1:00 - Common Writing Issues: Get a rundown of common writing issues and tips for how to avoid them. 

Tuesday, May 31st, 1:00-2:00 - Punctuation Primer: Get a handle on commas, colons, semicolons, and other punctuation.

Tuesday, June 7th, 1:00-2:00 – Transitions: Learn how to link your ideas together effectively through a variety of different strategies.

Tuesday, July 5th, 1:00-2:00 - Pre-Writing: Develop effective research and brainstorming strategies to prepare a strong essay.

Tuesday, July 12th, 1:00-2:00 - Blueprint to an Essay: Get tips on how to write an effective introduction and thesis statement as well as how to structure an essay.

Tuesday, July 19th, 1:00-2:00 - APA 7th Edition: Learn about the purposes of citing and referencing and how to create citations and references in APA.

Tuesday, July 26th, 1:00-2:00 - Inclusive Language: Learn tips and strategies to make your language use more inclusive in academic writing and beyond.


NOTE: All times are in East Standard Time (EST) and all workshops will be hosted through the Writing Support Desk’s Blackboard page. Students can enroll onto our Blackboard page here.