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ALI Writing Labs

ALI Writing Labs are informal weekly workshops run by USC native English speaking students who will assist international students in drafting their academic and professional writing and communications. These workshops will help prepare students to engage in deeper discussions with their professors and connect students with additional writing resources at USC.

Each week in the program will focus on a specific topic and writing prompt. Students are encouraged to prepare responses to the assignments ahead of time and come to the sessions with these writing samples so that they can be discussed and receive instant feedback on the samples during the workshop. Similar to ALI Conversation Groups, the Writing Labs will create an informal atmosphere to help students gain confidence and inquiry skills.

Writing Labs are taking a hiatus this summer but we will be back in Fall 2022.

Fall 2022 Schedule

  • Running Sept. 6 – Nov. 18, 2022
  • Sessions will be held in person and will meet at PSD 106B

Day

Time

Leader

Mondays 4:00pm Connor
Tuesdays 2:00pm Natalie
Wednesdays 4:00pm Connor
Thursdays 2:00pm Aaron
Fridays 2:00pm Natalie

Fall 2022 Weekly Topics Schedule

  • Week 1: Sept. 6 – Sept. 9
    • TBD
  • Week 2: Sept. 12 – Sept. 16
    • TBD
  • Week 3: Sept. 19 – Sept. 23
    • TBD
  • Week 4: Sept. 26 – Sept. 30
    • TBD
  • Week 5: Oct. 3 – Oct. 7
    • TBD
  • Week 6: Oct. 10 – Oct. 14
    • TBD
  • Week 7: Oct. 17 – Oct. 21
    • TBD
  • Week 8: Oct. 24 – Oct. 28 – TBD
  • Week 9: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4
    • TBD
  • Week 10: Nov. 7 – Nov. 11
    • TBD
  • Week 11: Nov. 14 – Nov. 18
    • TBD

Below are some topic examples and the types of optional assignments associated with each topic. Students that bring in writing samples can get instant feedback!

If you have a suggestion of a topic that you would like to see covered in Writing Labs, please email hacco@usc.edu.

Topic: American Resumes

  • Assignment:
    • Bring in your current resume.
  • Tips:  
    • Use action verbs to explain your previous and current experiences with specific positive outcomes.
    • We also suggest you bring a job posting to help the Writing Labs Leaders give specific feedback for your tailored resume.

Topic: American Cover Letters

  • Assignment:
    • Bring in a cover letter that you have used or will use in the future.
    • We also suggest you bring a job posting to help the Writing Labs Leaders give specific feedback for your tailored cover letter.
  • Tips: 
    • The first paragraph of a cover letter, introduce yourself, the position you are interested in, and how you learned of the opportunity.
    • In general, explain what you can do for the employer, not what the employer can do for you. What value will your past experiences bring to the company?

Topic: Networking: Academic and Professional

  • Assignment:
    • Write a short email introducing yourself to a company, organization, or person for whom you are interested in working.
  • Tips:
    • Your email should be around 2-3 sentences and should include a greeting and farewell.
    • We also recommend bringing in a description for a job or organization in which you are interested.
    • Write about how you heard about the company, and mention any documents that you have attached to the email (resume, cover letter, etc.)

Topic: Creative Writing

  • Assignment:
    • Bring a piece of writing you want to edit and for which you’d like to receive feedback. It could be a poem, a short story, a blog article, an essay, or part of a longer piece of writing!
    • Keep in mind that we may not be able to edit the entire piece in one session. 
  • Tips:
    • Be clear and thoughtful with your word choices.
    • Use your individual voice! Write about something in which you are interested.

Topic: Bio Statements

  • Assignment:
    • Write a one paragraph bio statement for LinkedIn describing your education, job experience, and any other important fact that you would like to share about yourself.  
  • Tips:
    • Write in the third person.
    • Consider your audience by including the most important facts about yourself!

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If a session is cancelled, the word “CANCELLED” will be displayed by the session time. Sessions may be cancelled last minute and without warning so please check the calendar below to see these updates in real time..

If a group is not specified as cancelled but the group leader is late or absent, please call 213-740-0079 to report the absence.