Computers are available for grammar and writing software use anytime the Center is open:

Spring 2015
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m
Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Walk-In Tutoring Hours - TBD

January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) CLOSED
March 9 - 15 (Spring Break) CLOSED
June 4 (Staff Training Day) CLOSED
June 12 (Staff Training Day) CLOSED

We are now booking fully 3-4 days in advance. Please take this into consideration when planning to schedule an appointment. We recommend you schedule appointments 1 week in advance.

The last session begins 1 hour prior to closing.


Annandale Campus
CG 409 Godwin Building


Emily Miller
Reading and Writing Center

Writing Resources

PowerPoint Presentations and Handouts

Orientation Workshop

This presentation summarizes our available services. Please note that students who would like feedback on their written work need to plan in advance (2-3 academic days).  Students who would like to use self-guided software are welcome anytime the room is not reserved for instructional use.

Orientation, SP 12 (Powerpoint)

Honing Thesis Statements

This workshop will help students understand what a thesis statement is, where it should be located, and how it functions within the broader context of an academic essay. 

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What's Your Thesis?

This workshop strengthens one’s ability to write clear, detailed thesis statements and also improves organization and focus in writing.

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PEE in your Paragraphs

Students learn the “secret” to writing well-developed, well-organized paragraphs and essays: “Point-Evidence-Explanation Paragraph Structure.”

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Writing Interesting, Grammatically Correct Sentences

This workshop reviews the four different sentence structures, provides examples for each, and describes the punctuation associated with each.  This workshop is recommended for students who have trouble with comma splices, run-on sentences, or fragments.

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Sentence Structure and Grammar

Learn to write concise, precise, clear, grammatically correct sentences.

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Writing in-class Essays

Do you get nervous when you have to write in-class essays?  This workshop will provide you with specific strategies that you can use to “imitate” the conditions of an in-class essay experience or examination before the actual examination period. 

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Writing for Essay Tests

This workshop provides step-by-step processes for preparing for an essay test and then writing a great essay under a time limit.

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Voice and Authority in College Writing

This workshop is designed to support students taking English 111 or 111.009 at NOVA.  In addition to providing a review of the terms logos, pathos, and ethos, the resource highlights common pitfalls of student writing.  The final slides offer advice for students who want to improve the authenticity of their voices.

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Writing College Essays and Personal Statements

Students will learn about the difference between successful and unsuccessful college essays.  This resource includes tips for brainstorming a topic if one is not provided for you, writing and editing strategies, and advice for students who want to consider using the same essay for multiple schools.

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Writing a Transfer Essay

This workshop provides step-by-step processes for preparing for an essay test and then writing a great essay under a time limit.

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Writing Annotated Bibliographies

This workshop walks students through the process of writing annotated bibliographies, which is a common step in the research paper process.  Sample annotations in MLA and APA format are included.

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Writing For the Sciences: Lab Reports, Field Reports, and More

This workshop covers the unique format and requirements of Scientific Writing and then breaks down the qualities of effective Scientific Writing, including Lab Reports and Field Reports.

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Writing Across Borders Faculty Workshop

This workshop for faculty dealt with the unique challenges and opportunities of teaching International and English-as-a-Second-Language students. The video on which it was based, Writing Across Borders, highlights the cultural basis of American Academic expectations and preferences for writing as well as the unfamiliarity of those expectations and preferences for many multicultural, multilingual students. The handout below summarizes many of the main points of the workshop, including strategies for teaching.

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Writing Across the Curriculum

The Annandale Writing Center's "Writing Across the Curriculum" series covers thesis statements, academic research, writing professional emails to professors, and many other writing skills that are essential for success in college and beyond.

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