The Writing Center is pleased to announce its schedule of Fall workshops.
Returning to Academic Writing
Just starting out in graduate school? Are you feeling a little bit jittery about getting back into academic writing? Maybe you’ve been away from writing for a while and want some refreshers. Join this webinar to learn about the key elements of academic writing, how to overcome writing fears, and how to develop a productive writing habit.
September 22, 2-3 PM, register here.
Setting Goals and Time Management
Make a plan to meet your writing goals!
In this workshop, designed for students in varying stages of the writing process, we will discuss how to schedule time and keep oneself accountable to academic research and writing goals and deadlines. We’ll discuss habitual writing goals and project-based goals. Participants will make a plan for completing their writing goals, breaking down long-term goals into manageable short-term goals. We’ll also go over some a few timers and softwares that can help with this process.
September 29, 10-11 AM, register here.
Writing a Conference Abstract
Do you see a conference in your future? Here we will review the best practices of responding to a CFP. We’ll look at graduate school conference CFPS, as well as regional and national conference CFPs—each has its own peculiarities. We’ll provide examples of successful critical and pedagogical abstracts. We’ll also take a look at a few abstracts that failed to effectively navigate the sometimes-idiosyncratic language of a CFP and discuss why we think they failed to qualify for their panel.
We ask our Abstract Writing Workshop participants to bring the abstract they’re working on and the CFP they hope to answer.
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8:00 PM, register here.
Structuring the Seminar Paper
Writing a long seminar paper can be challenging, especially when it comes to organizing all the reading and thinking one has done into a coherent progression of paragraphs and sections. This webinar introduces participants to some of the fundamental principles that help guide decisions about structuring a longer academic essay.
October 27, 7-8 PM, register here.
When it comes to academic writing, that actual process of putting one’s research and thinking down on paper tends to derail even the best-laid plans; no matter how clear one’s initial outline or mental blueprint, things happen and, as a result, many people end up with a first draft that’s anywhere from a bit unruly to a total mess. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to a reverse outlining technique that can help to gain a clearer view of a draft’s current paragraph-by-paragraph structure in order to figure out what is and isn’t working, and thus to make a plan for structural revision.
November 10, 1:30-2:30 PM, register here.
Revising an Essay for Publication
This webinar will introduce participants to the process of submitting an article to a peer-reviewed journal. It will cover issues like (1) the key elements of an article, (2) choosing the right journal, (3) understanding what editors and reviewers do after you submit (and the ways this knowledge may affect your revision choices), and (4) responding to reviewer comments if you get a “revise and resubmit.”
December 4, 2:00-3:00 PM, register here.
In addition to workshops, the Writing Center also provides individual support through one-on-one writing consultations. All you need to do is make an appointment.