Writing Center Student Webinar Series

The Writing Center's webinars address APA guidelines and writing skills that apply to all students, along with webinars specifically for undergraduate, master's, and capstone students. Webinars are live, 1-hour sessions where we discuss a particular topic, and all webinars are free for students to attend.

Webinar Archive: Can't make a live webinar? All webinars are recorded and posted in the archive below, along with any related PowerPoint slides and handouts. Click any title to take a look!

Questions? Let us know at wcwebinars@waldenu.edu.

Date & Time Title & Presenter Register

Fri., Sept. 26 
4:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern

Presenting Data & Describing Analysis

Audience: Doctoral capstone students 
with Carey Little Brown


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Wed., Oct. 1 
5:00–6:00 p.m. Eastern

Writing at the Graduate Level

Audience: Master's and doctoral students 
with Beth Nastachowski


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Thur., Oct. 16 
3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern

Introduce, Conclude, & Write the Abstract of Your Study 
Audience: Doctoral capstone students (EdD, DBA, DIT, DNP, PhD) 
with Lydia Lunning


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Mon., Oct. 20 
6:00–7:00 p.m. Eastern

Developing a Paper: From Discussion Post to Course Paper 
Audience: All students

with Hillary Wentworth


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Wed., Oct. 29 
12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern

Mastering the Mechanics Part 1: Simple Sentences 
Audience: All students

with Kayla Skarbakka

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Webinar Archive and Abstracts

Abstracts and Archive

Click each webinar's title below to read the webinar's abstract, as well as find the recording, PowerPoint slides, and any other materials.

Strategies for Success

These webinars focus on foundational skills students need for writing successfully at Walden, including information about student services and introductions to academic writing.

All students

This presentation provides students with an introduction to the four centers within Walden's Center for Student Success: the Library, Academic Skills Center, Career Services Center, and Writing Center. Staff members in each center will describe their group's goals, services, student resources, and contact information.

All students

Being a student in an online environment requires a lot of writing; not only are you writing for assignments, but you are communicating with your classmates and instructors via discussion posts and e-mail. Attend this webinar to learn how to manage the expectations of writing in a scholarly environment using a clear and professional tone

All students

During this introduction to the Writing Center’s services, learn about the many resources we have to offer. This webinar is designed to orient you to the many resources available at your fingertips, including Grammarly, paper reviews, tutorials, and social media.

All students

Join us for a high-level overview of academic writing--what it is, where it's found, and why it's useful. Students in their first courses will find it useful to review the purpose of writing assignments and strategies for writing success. Learn how to make the most of your writing at Walden!

Writing for Social Change

These webinars discuss ways that students can use writing to explore and express their vision for social change.

Exploring Perspectives

All students

Presented during Walden's Global Days of Service 2013, join us for a discussion of perspectives: In the first half of this webinar, students will participate in developing definitions of social change, encompassing diverse perspectives of how we can envision social change. In the second half of this webinar, we will discuss how writing connects to social change and how to take a social change perspective in your writing.

Students will leave this webinar with a better sense of their own definition of social change, as well as how writing can help them achieve that social change. Exploring Perspectives is the first webinar in the Writing Center's Writing for Social Change series.

All students

This webinar is the second in the Writing Center's Writing for Social Change series.

We give students a brief overview of the blog medium and show how Walden students can use blogging as an opportunity for writing outside of academia. This will include tips for exploring new ideas, developing existing ideas, and extending ideas beyond course assignments. Students will learn from different kinds of blogs, leaving this webinar with an understanding of how blogging differs from academic writing, as well as how they can make the most of this medium.

All students

This webinar is the third in the Writing Center's Writing for Social Change series.

Sometimes achieving social change requires support from others. This webinar will give you tips for communicating your goals for social change through grant proposals, introducing you to this genre of writing. While we will not provide tips for finding grants, you will be able to use this webinar to help you communicate your social change vision to others in the grant format.

These webinars provide students an opportunity to practice essential skills in academic writing. Each webinar includes brief instruction on the skill, but the majority of the webinar is devoted to practicing that skill.

All students

Join us for a discussion of what paraphrasing is and tips for paraphrasing. In the second half of the session, you will be asked to practice paraphrasing so you can walk away confident in your paraphrasing skills.

All students

An essential component of academic writing is a thesis statement, whether you are writing a discussion post or a course paper. Join this session to solidify your knowledge of thesis statements with a focus on practicing creating your own thesis statement.

Undergraduate Students

These webinars deal with writing topics unique to undergraduate students or were created specifically for undergraduate students.
*Undergraduate students will benefit from webinars in other categories as well.

Undergraduate students

The undergraduate academic writing expectations (AWE) help students build their writing skills gradually with each course level. Using the AWE framework, we will analyze student examples at each level and discuss practical improvement strategies. After attending this webinar, you will feel ready to meet—and exceed—these writing standards.

Undergraduate students

Learning to write at the college level will be key to your success at Walden. In this session, we have outlined the top skills we wish all students knew; come hear our tips for succeeding in your writing assignments!

APA Citations and Style

These webinars teach all aspects of APA: citations, reference entries, and overall style and format.

All students

Does APA formatting feel arbitrary to you? Believe it or not, there are clear reasons for these guidelines that are directly related to your work as a scholar.

In Part 1 of our APA Citations series, we will provide an overview of APA citation principles, including standard formats for reference lists and in-text citations, showing how APA rules are actually designed to help you communicate your ideas more clearly. This session is intended to give you a foundational APA knowledge of citations that we then expand upon in Part 2 of the APA Citations series.

APA Citations Part 2: NonTraditional Sources

All students

In this second of two APA sessions, Writing Center staff members will discuss nontraditional APA citations and references, with an emphasis on those that are common to Walden assignments. We will provide guidance on citing discussion posts, course videos, and other sources that are required at Walden but not explored thoroughly in the APA manual. Participants will receive links and other tools for helping students master these formats.

  • Session recorded March 19, 2014
  • Webinar recording (Download all slides and handouts here.)
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All students

Besides citations and reference entries, APA consists of many other style rules that we must use. This webinar will focus on these style rules, covering topics like serial commas, numbers, capitalization, paper formatting, abbreviations, and passive voice. Whether you need a review of APA style or are new to these rules, join us to better understand how to format your writing.

  • Session recorded April 10, 2014
  • Webinar recording  (Click the recording link to access handouts and PowerPoint slides.)
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All students

APA's many rules can confuse students. During this session, a panel of Writing Center staff will respond to students' APA questions, showing you not only the APA rule, but resources you can use to answer APA questions in the future. While staff will answer questions students submitted before the webinar, you will also be able to ask (and have answered) APA questions during the session. 

APA Overview

All students


All students

All students

Tired of losing points for APA missteps in your reference list? We will teach you how to spot and correct the most common reference list errors students make. Our checklist will help ensure you do not make these mistakes in your next draft!

Master’s and Doctoral Capstone students

Tables and figures are great ways to present data, but how do you format them? Learn the APA rules concerning tables and figures, as well as how to present abbreviations and other APA nuances you need to know in advanced papers like Master’s theses and doctoral capstone work.

All students

Crediting sources for their ideas is often a tricky balancing act between citing too much and not enough. This session focuses on how to cite research using proper APA format; attend this webinar to become a citation expert!


These webinars walk students through grammar topics like sentence structure, punctuation, verbs, clauses, and phrases.

All students

Academic writing does not have to be boring: Your ideas are exciting, so your writing should be too. Learn how to create sentences that will engage your readers, helping them to be as excited as you are about your ideas.

All students

Grammar and punctuation errors can distract readers from your great ideas and result in lost points in assignments. Strengthen your sentence-level writing skills in this first of three Mastering the Mechanics webinars, where we will explore and practice using different parts of speech and punctuation and learn about common errors to avoid.

Part 1 will serve as a foundation that we will build on in Parts 2 and 3 of this weibnar series.

All students

Join us to learn how to combine clauses and phrases to create clear, complete sentences, with a focus on examples and practice during the webinar.

While this webinar will build on ideas discussed in Part 1 of this webinar series, viewing Part 1 is not a requirement for viewing Part 2.

All students

In this webinar, we will explore advanced grammar forms and troubleshoot common grammar errors. This webinar's focus is on application and practice to help guide students in developing sophisticated sentences.

While this webinar will build on ideas discussed in Parts 1 and 2 of this webinar series, attendance to Parts 1 and 2 is not a requirement for attending Part 3.

All students

When writing complex sentences, you often need be aware of parallel construction, presenting similar parts of your writing in the same pattern. If you have ever had trouble with ensuring clarity or creating parallel lists in your writing, attend this webinar.

Scholarly Writing

These webinars cover the various aspects of scholarly writing, including essential components of a paper (e.g., introduction and conclusion), ways to develop and organize ideas, and techniques for clearly articulating ideas.

All students

As scholars, the purpose of our writing is to create an argument for the reader to consider. Thus, you also need to know how to convey that argument in a persuasive, convincing way.

In this session, discover how to construct an academic argument as well as how to present it through your writing in with a focus on thesis statements, organization, using evidence, and paraphrasing.

All students

Confused about whether the first person “I” is allowed in academic writing at Walden?  Unsure of how to avoid bias in your scholarly work? Come learn Walden’s and APA's policy on the use of first person, as well as various ways to avoid biased language in your writing. 

All students

This webinar highlights two essential aspects of any paper or discussion post: the introduction and the conclusion. What is an appropriate way to introduce your main topic? How should these paragraphs interact with the rest of the paper? In this webinar, we will explore several examples and discuss tips for successful introductions and conclusions.

All students

You might have great ideas and research, but unless you can bring it all together for your reader, you will not have a strong academic paper. Attend this webinar to learn the nuances of establishing organization, flow, and critical thinking in you work.

All students

Demonstrating critical thinking through writing is one of the tasks of a scholar. This webinar explores some strategies on how to incorporate critical thinking in your writing, highlighting how to use sources to support your own ideas and focusing on creating a thesis statement.

All students

Throughout your course work you'll need to write discussion posts and papers. What if you could use a discussion post as the start of a paper, though? While many assignments ask students to do this, using discussion posts as the basis for a paper is a great way to develop ideas and save time. Join us to learn more about how you can develop a great discussion post into a fantastic paper.

  • Session recorded July 10, 2013
  • Webinar recording
  • PowerPoint slides  
    • All students

      Become familiar with the writing process by visualizing it at various stages—from brainstorming and prewriting through the final draft and reflection. Students will see a sample paper from the first idea to conceptualization and completion, and receive tips on each stage of the writing process.

      All students

      In this session we will discuss various techniques for brainstorming ideas and gathering your thoughts, all in preparation for writing your paper. These techniques will help you avoid writer's block and make your writing process as efficient as possible.

      All students

      This webinar will discuss the revision process in all its forms, including explaining the difference between proofreading and revising, how to revise on your own, how to revise using Writing Center or peer feedback, and how to revise using faculty feedback.

      All students

      Synthesizing, the act of integrating different sources to support your ideas, is essential to advancing your academic argument. This webinar explores some strategies on how to approach synthesis and thesis development in your draft, helping you to integrate both to improve your writing.

      All students

      Paragraphs are the building blocks of an academic essay, and the strength of your writing and argument depend on developing effective paragraphs. Learn how to develop effective academic paragraphs by using topic, analysis, evidence, and concluding sentences. You will leave this webinar with a better understanding of the components of an effective paragraph, as well as tips for creating cohesion between and within paragraphs.

      As a Walden student, you'll write many discussion posts as part of your course requirements. Attend this webinar to learn the Writing Center's tips on how to create strong discussion posts, as well as how to respond to your classmates' discussion posts.

      Graduate Students

      These webinars focus on types of papers specific to graduate students, including master’s and doctoral students. 
      *Graduate students will benefit from webinars in other categories as well.

      Graduate and KAM students

      This session discusses the do’s and don'ts of annotated bibliographies using examples. This session is relevant for all KAM students (the Depth section), as well as any other graduate students who will be or have completed an annotated bibliography as part of their course work. We also explain how annotated bibliographies can be used by all writers as a way to take notes and organize research. If you are currently writing or will write a large research paper, this is the webinar for you!

      Doctoral Capstone students

      This webinar will explore strategies to help you identify a social problem and develop it into a research problem for graduate study. These strategies include a model for narrowing your focus to a specific research problem for analysis in course papers, KAMs, and doctoral capstone projects.

      Master’s, Doctoral Capstone, and KAM students

      Wonder what constitutes a literature review in a course paper? Confused about how this review differs from an annotated bibliography? This webinar addresses the basic elements of these two assignments and what it means to synthesize and evaluate your scholarly sources.

      Master’s and Doctoral Capstone students

      We are not born knowing how to write academically, and you did not enter graduate school knowing how to write like a graduate student. After all, writing is a learning process. This session will discuss the characteristics of scholarly writing, giving you strategies to elevate your writing to graduate school expectations.

      MAT, MSDe, EdD, & EdS students

      Major assessments are required components of some education programs, but they require a specific writing style to complete. In this session, we will provide tips for writing successfully in your major assessments.

      KAM students

      Learn how to write the KAM & LA, types of papers unique to Walden. We'll cover these papers' purposes, as well as approaches to writing them and resources you should use. 


      Doctoral Capstone Students

      These webinars focus on writing skills specific to Walden doctoral capstone studies, including the dissertation, doctoral study, or project study.
      *Doctoral capstone students will benefit from webinars in other categories as well.

      Doctoral capstone students

      The presenters will review the purpose of the form and style review and where it occurs in the approval process as well as outline student, committee, and editor responsibilities in finalizing manuscript drafts to prepare for ProQuest publication. How to prepare for the review, including resources; what to expect from the review; and how to use editor feedback to revise and improve a manuscript will be covered during the session.

      Doctoral capstone students

      During this session, a panel of Walden dissertation editors will respond to your questions on APA style in doctoral capstone manuscripts and on preparing your manuscript for the form and style review. The editors will show you resources you can use to prepare for the form and style review and, ultimately, for publication in ProQuest.

      Doctoral capstone students

      Writing a doctoral capstone document, such as a dissertation or a doctoral or project study, is a unique process with its own challenges. Often the shorter writing and research assignments you have done in courses do not accurately reflect what it takes to craft a book-length document that contains an original scholarly contribution, which is what your capstone will be. This webinar addresses the ways writing the doctoral capstone differs from writing for graduate courses and outlines some helpful strategies for how to approach the writing process as you move into the capstone phase.

      Doctoral capstone students

      The Walden Writing Center templates for doctoral capstone studies are preformatted with the correct pagination, margins, heading styles, and basic structure for an APA-compliant document. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the templates in MS Word, including how to create a table of contents, helping you to save time and ensuring that your document meets Walden and APA guidelines.

      Note: As the Writing Center is primarily PC-based, we cannot provide suggestions for students using a Mac. See Microsoft's Mac how-to page for help.

      * Note that we are no longer offering this webinar as a live session. You can view the recording linked above or the following program-specific template demonstration videos that are replacing the webinar:

      Doctoral Capstone students

      This session will cover the basic components of the introductory sections of capstones for PhD, DBA, and EdD students, including problem statements, research questions, purpose of the study, nature of the study, theoretical or conceptual framework, and significance of the study.

      Doctoral Capstone students

      This session will focus on writing approaches to synthesizing the research, including strategies to help organize and evaluate your sources. This webinar addresses the literature review sections of doctoral capstones for PhD, DBA, and EdD students, but it is also applicable to any students working on a literature review.

      Doctoral Capstone students

      Your reader not only wants to understand the results of your study, but also how you achieved those results: in other words, the rationale for your design and the methodology for collecting data. Join this webinar for a discussion of common writing issues students face when discussing these elements as well as strategies for overcoming them..

      Doctoral Capstone students

      his webinar focuses on how best to use tables and figures to present data (as well as APA requirements for doing so), as well as discussing qualitative and quantitative data.

      • Session recorded September 26, 2014
      • Webinar recording
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      Doctoral Capstone students

      These sections are likely the most often read passages in your whole dissertation or doctoral study, but encapsulating your research into a direct and concise introduction, conclusion, or abstract can be easier said than done. If you are working on your proposal, how do you write an introduction for a study you aren’t even quite finished formulating? If you are finished with your final document, how do you do justice to all of your data and analysis in your final discussion and/or project? The abstract can be the trickiest of all—how do you address all of the major points of your research in a single page? This capstone webinar will offer an overview as well as some helpful suggestions for how to approach writing these essential elements of your doctoral research.

      Are you a Walden instructor? Learn more about our faculty webinar series.

      TutorTalk: Drop-In Writing Tutoring for Undergraduates

      Upcoming TutorTalk hours:

      TutorTalk is currently on hold. Please check back later in the summer for dates and times. If you have a writing question, please email writingsupport@waldenu.edu.

      During TutorTalk hours, a Writing Center staff member is on call to help Walden undergraduates. You can enter a live meeting space to chat, brainstorm for an assignment, ask writing questions, or revise a work in progress. You do not need to attend the whole session; you can come, get what you need, and leave at your convenience.

      On-Demand Webinars

      On-Demand Webinars

      In addition to the webinar series, we will be offering classroom webinars upon instructor request.

      Let your course instructor know if you and your classmates are interested in participating in a session! Faculty can contact our Manager of Program Outreach and Faculty Support to set it up.