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The Weekly Writer
Things to Do
Today - Workshop: Optimize Your Writing Lab Session
Whether you’re working on a quick-hit assignment, a seminar paper, and/or a much more complex writing project, this introductory workshop is geared toward helping you prepare to make the most out of each tutoring consultation. Audience members are encouraged to bring computers/tablets and material(s) in progress to use during the workshop.

All workshops are held in HEAV 220, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the session you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.
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Weekdays - Conversation Groups
Visit our daily conversation groups to enhance your English language skills weekdays between Jan 27 - May 1.  All conversation groups are held in HEAV 220
  • Mondays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Thursdays (Snack Chat) | 1:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Fridays | 11:30 - 12:30 PM
Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty.  Please visit our online schedule and choose the session you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.

Snacks will be provided on Thursdays.
Conversation Groups
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Feb 10 - Writers' Room
Writers' Room Writers' Rooms are dedicated times and places for writers of all stripes to work on their academic writing projects (e.g. class assignments, scholarly articles, dissertations, etc.). Writers should plan to spend most of the two-hour block in independent writing; however, Writing Lab tutors will be available for very brief, limited consultations if concerns arise during the writing time.

Writers should bring whatever materials they need for successful work on their projects, including laptops, books and articles, style guides, research data, white board markers, pens, paper, etc.

Join us on Feb 10 & 24, Mar 9 & 23, Apr 13 & 27.  All Writers' Rooms are 3:30pm - 5:30pm and located in WTHR 420.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the session you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.

Earn a special prize when you attend at least 5!

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In the Spotlight
Outlining: Faster and more Efficient than Winging It
By Henry S., Tutor

Sun Tzu said, "Every battle is won before it is ever fought." A strong outline helps you recognize where your underdeveloped arguments are, and provides a pseudo-pictorial tool to follow the logic of your report. You can recognize the weight of each paragraph and section by the effectiveness of your bullet points. And once you have placed your information, you can transform your outline into a paper by implementing transitions, punctuations, segues, etc. Outlining will not only save you time and stress in the long-run, but it will also do the same for your professor and peers.

A general outline develops from top to bottom. First conceptualize what your purpose is and write it as one extremely specific sentence. The rest of the document should be written to support whatever that sentence is. Whether it is a critical lens essay, a technical report, or a short story, we can help make sure everything you write onward contribute to the efforts of that extremely specific sentence.

Then think about what the most important or interesting points to your argument are, and make them into major bullet-points. The sub-bullet-points will be the arguments and descriptions that defend your major bullet-points. At the Writing Lab we can help you determine when you've provided enough substance. Afterwards, copy-and-paste and organize those bullet-point sections into a logical sequence.

If you want more information about outlining or a one-on-one tutorial on the process, consider scheduling an appointment with a tutor from the Writing Lab. We are more than happy to elaborate on the details of the process.
Other Things to Do
From Our Campus Partners
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Queer Grad Coffee Hour
Spring 2020
We are exploring opportunities to engage and support LGBTQIA+ graduate students and we need your help! We are seeking participants in a 5-6 minute confidential survey to gauge interest in graduate student-specific programming.

Please click here for access to the survey.

In Spring 2020, the LGBTQ Center will host a regular Queer Coffee Hour to create an intentional space for LGBTQIA+ graduate students to connect with one another in a closed setting. The goal of this program is to create a social network for LGBTQIA+ graduate students, provide connections to resources, and identify unmet needs. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided! Please reach out tolgbtq@purdue.edu if you have any questions.
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Peer Support Group
Today, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
SCHL 230        

Our Peer Support Groups will begin on January 22nd and run weekly (with the exception of 2/26) from 4:30pm-6:00pm at the LGBTQ Center (dinner will be provided).

The topics for the support group include: Stress, Mental Health, Relationships, and Substance Use and will be facilitated by a trained therapist from CAPS. The purpose of the support group is to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ students on campus to discuss issues that are relative to their well-being (particularly mental well-being) and to create social support systems that facilitate positive outcomes.

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Week of Lunar New Year Activities
January 27-January 31     
915 5th St, West Lafayette            

Stop by the AAARCC and take part in the activities during the week to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Jan 27 - Almond Cookies and Calligraphy
Jan 28 - Red Envelopes, Oranges, Card Games
Jan 29 - Dumplings
Jan 30 - Tang Yuan & Fortune Cookies
Jan 31 - Mahjong & Movies
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Lunch and Learn: Agricultural Economics Department
January 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm        
PMU Anniversary Drawing Room         

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Joan Fulton and Dr. Holly Wang

The lunch and learn series is every Thursday during the semester 12pm - 1pm at the AAARCC.
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Spring Film Series:  "Urban Rez"
January 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm        

“The Voluntary Relocation Program, spanning from 1952-1973, was the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. Rocky Mountain PBS’ newest documentary, Urban Rez, explores the lasting legacy of the relocation policies that encouraged Native Americans to leave their homeland and relocate to urban area across the country”- PBS. Documentary, 2013, PBS, Not Rated, run time: 57 minutes.
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Fabulous Friday: Soup-er Bowl
Jan 31, 11:00am - 4:00pm
SCHL 230        

It's an annual favorite! Stop by for our own version of the Soup-er Bowl for this Foodie Friday!

The LGBTQ Center selected Fridays because it records its highest daily visitation on that day and encounters a number of students who may benefit from accessing community support and resources before the weekend begins. For more information about Fabulous Fridays, please click here.

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Lunar New Year Celebration
February 1, 11:00am - 2:00pm        
CoRec Feature Gym              

Join the Purdue community and learn how the New Year is celebrated across cultures!  Featuring organizations' activity booths, Chinese Performing Arts Troupe, Lion Dance, Taekwondo, Okinawa Yuyukai, along with tasty food, and more as we celebrate the Lunar New Year!

CoRec parking lot A/B/C spots available for free during this event (unless marked "Reserved").  Please enter the building from the entrance facing Martin Jischke Dr to access the Feature Gym.
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A Conversation with Ryan Russell
February 5, 6:00pm
Fowler Hall (STEW)             

Everyone is welcome! Free and open to all!

Ryan Russell is a Purdue alumnus & professional football player in the NFL, a published poet, writer, and artist. On August 29th, 2019 Ryan came out to the world as the 1st active NFL player to identify as bisexual.

Our major program series are excellent opportunities for cultural immersion projects. Please consider encouraging your students to our programs to learn about LGBTQIA+ communities and experiences!

Please visit our website for more information.

Sponsored by: Purdue Athletics; LGBTQ Center; Black Cultural Center; Honors College, College of HHS Division of Diversity and Inclusion
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Lunch and Learn: Disability Resource Center
February 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm        
PMU Anniversary Drawing Room         

The lunch and learn series is every Thursday during the semester 12pm - 1pm at the AAARCC.  Lunch will be provided.
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2020 Books & Coffee
February 6, 4:00pm     
STEW 302/306         

Week 1 with Professor Erin Moodie speaking on Madeline Miller's Circe. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.
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Book Discussion: "Heart Berries"
February 7, 1:00pm - 2:30pm        

Terese Marie Mailhot’s first book “Heart Berries” continues to gain national recognition and is featured as the January 2020 pick by the PBS NewsHour-New York Times "Now Read This" book club. Join us as she discusses her memoir growing up on Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia, Canada and surviving trauma and mental illness.

Sponsored by: NAECC, Purdue Four Directions Initiative-Tecumseh Post Doc Fellowship, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program.       
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Call Us: (765)494-3723

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Main Location
Heavilon Hall
Room 226
Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm  
Friday 9am - 5pm       

Hicks Undergraduate Library
Find us near the information desk
Tues, Wed, & Thurs 2pm - 4:30pm

Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library (HSSE) 
Mondays 6pm - 9pm 

Asian American & Asian Resource & Cultural Center (AACC) 
Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm 

Mechanical Engineering Building (ME) 
Gatewood Wing Rooms 2138 & 2142

Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm
For all questions, inquiries, or comments please reply to writing.lab@purdue.edu.

Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

Please note: If you have issues logging in, please call the Writing Center for assistance scheduling your appointment

Phone: 765-494-3723

Virtual Hours (Summer 2020)

Only virtual appointments are available at this time.

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM