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This genre analysis workshop moves into advanced content topics. Audience members will learn how genre analysis works for articles and literature reviews, and they are encouraged to bring computers/tablets and material(s) in progress to 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 "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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Writers' Room This fall the Writers' Room will be available the first and third Wednesday of every month from now until Dec 4.  All Writers' Rooms will be held in WALC 2124, 4 pm - 6 pm. The seats are powered, so feel free to bring laptops.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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Visit our daily conversation groups to enhance your English language skills weekdays between now and Dec 11.  All conversation groups are held in HEAV 220.
  • Mon –  10:30 am-11:30 am
  • Tues (TV Snack Chat) – 1:30 pm-2:30 pm 
  • Wed – 3:30 pm-4:30 pm 
  • Thurs – 11:30 am-12:3A0 pm 
  • Fri – 10:30 am-11:30 am
Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty.  Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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By Elizabeth G.

Applying for jobs can be stressful—not to mention, there’s job documents to prepare! Applying for an industry position? Preparing for a job in academia? Perhaps you’re applying for a government-focused position. No matter what, there is always an audience to keep in mind and specific contexts that will determine the style, organization, and presentation of your materials. Not familiar with this kind of genre? Consider who you are writing to, what the objective is of that written communication, and what you want future employers to take away. Sometimes, you can update an existing draft— let’s say two years ago you had a list of professional development activities that appeared early on in your resume, but now you are applying for a position that really values research. A tutor at the Writing Lab might suggest that you work on the organization of your sections. It’s not that professional development doesn’t matter, but research might take priority to fit the employer’s expectations.

If you’re working on a CV for an academic position, you’ll have more space to include your experience. Resumes tend to be a bit shorter and more focused. Cover letters are also a common document for both academic or non-academic positions. Starting with examples in your area of focus can be helpful for getting an idea of what prospective employers in your position have done in the past. Tailoring your cover letter should, however, always be unique—because after all, you are unique. What are your goals and passions? What do the employer’s value? How does your experiences align with those values? While a lot goes into to preparing job documents, prioritizing context and audience can make the process a lot easier. As always, The Writing Lab encourages any and all Purdue affiliates to make an appointment and talk with a tutor. All good writers need feedback.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Visit us in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

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

Fall 2019 Hours
Heavilon 226
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Satellite Locations and Hours

Fall 2019

Hicks Undergraduate Library
Tuesday - Thursday: 2:00 - 4:30 PM

HSSE Library - Collaborative Study Center (CSC)
Monday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Asian American and Asian Resource and Culture Center (AAARCC)
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Appointments required at all locations.