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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.

To register for an upcoming Writing Lab, click HERE.

Please note that registration for any session will only become available one hour before the session begins. Registration does not guarantee a spot in the session. In an effort to keep group sizes small, the leader will only take the first 5 students who registered and arrived at the meeting location. For in person sessions, all attendees and leaders are required to wear a mask.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Running January 23 to April 21, 2023


DAYTIMELEADERLOCATION
Tuesday12:00 pmNataliePSD 106B
Friday12:00 pmNataliePSD 106B

Each topic that we will cover this semester has a mini assignment. These are optional but highly recommended, as the students that bring in writing samples can get instant peer feedback! See below for the list of mini assignments for each topic.

WEEKTOPICWRITING ASSIGNMENTWRITING TIPS
Week 1: Jan 23- Jan. 27Networking: Academic and ProfessionalWrite a short email introducing yourself to a company, organization, or person for whom you are interested in working. Bring in a description for a job or organization in which you are interested.Your email should be around 2-3 sentences and should include a greeting and farewell.
Write about how you heard about the company, and mention any documents that you have attached to the email (resume, cover letter, etc.)
Week 2: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3American ResumesBring in your current resume, as well as a job posting to which you’d like to apply.Use action verbs to explain your previous and current experiences with specific positive outcomes.
Week 3: Feb. 6 – Feb. 10American Cover LettersBring in a cover letter that you have used or will use in the future, , as well as a job posting to which you’d like to apply.The first paragraph of a cover letter, introduce yourself, the position in which you are interested, 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?
Week 4: Feb. 13 – Feb. 17Pitch DeckImagine that you are presenting a product or idea to an investor. Create a a slide in which you introduce the product/idea.Try not to crowd your slide with too much information. Be concise with your sentences and word choices.
Week 5: Feb. 20 – Feb. 24Networking: Academic and ProfessionalWrite a short email introducing yourself to a company, organization, or person for whom you are interested in working.
Bring in a description for a job or organization in which you are interested.
Your email should be around 2-3 sentences and should include a greeting and farewell.
Write about how you heard about the company, and mention any documents that you have attached to the email (resume, cover letter, etc.)
Week 6: Feb. 27 – Mar. 3Creating a Linkedin ProfileBe prepared to share your current Linking profile.
Week 7: Mar. 6 – Mar 10American Cover LettersBring in a cover letter that you have used or will use in the future, , as well as a job posting to which you’d like to apply. The first paragraph of a cover letter, introduce yourself, the position in which you are interested, 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?
Week 8: Mar. 20 – Mar. 24Creative WritingBring 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!Be clear and thoughtful with your word choices.
Use your individual voice! Write about something in which you are interested.
Week 9: Mar. 27 – Mar. 31Bio StatementsWrite 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.  Write in the third person.
Consider your audience by including the most important facts about yourself!
Week 10: Apr 3 – Apr 7American ResumesBring in your current resume, as well as a job posting to which you’d like to apply.Use action verbs to explain your previous and current experiences with specific positive outcomes.
Week 11: Apr 10 – Apr 14American Cover LettersBring in a cover letter that you have used or will use in the future, as well as a job posting to which you’d like to apply. The first paragraph of a cover letter, introduce yourself, the position in which you are interested, 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?
Week 12: Apr 17 – Apr 21Pitch DeckImagine that you are presenting a product or idea to an investor. Create a a slide in which you introduce the product/idea.Try not to crowd your slide with too much information. Be concise with your sentences and word choices.

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

CHECK HERE FOR CANCELLATION NOTICES

If a session is cancelled, the word “CANCELLED” will be displayed by the session time in the calendar below. Similarly, if a location has a last minute change, the new location (i.e PSD 106) will be displayed by the session time in in the calendar below. Sessions may be cancelled or moved to a different location at the 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.