Upcoming Workshops & Descriptions
All workshops take place throughout the semester both in-person and online. Writers at all stages of the writing process are always welcome, and participants in workshops often range from those "just getting started" to those putting the final touches on a writing project. All workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. If you would like to attend any of our workshops, please RSVP here as space is limited and refreshments will be served and let us if you would like to attend in-person or online.
Intro to Academic Writing
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 11am- 12pm | Horace Mann 433
Monday, January 22, 2018 | 6pm - 7pm | Thompson 229
This workshop will provide students with guidelines and strategies for producing academic writing. Participants will learn basic tips about organization, academic conventions, and citations. Strategies for writing and proofreading and hints for finding and using resources will particularly be covered.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 5- 7pm; 177 Grace Dodge Hall
This workshop will take a deep dive into the different genres of academic text and provide strategies for skimming and reading with purpose.
Friday, February 16, 2018; 10am- 12pm; Horace Mann 433
This workshop will explore tackling weekly reading responses. We will discuss types of prompts assigned, how to break down prompts and the distinction between responding and summarizing.
February Mini Workshops
Outlining with Thesis Statement: Tuesday, February 13, 2018; 10am- 12pm; 162 Thorndike
Annotated Bibliography: Tuesday, February 10, 2018; 10am- 12pm; 162 Thorndike
Reading Response: Tuesday, February 27, 2018; 10am- 12pm; 162 Thorndike
These workshops are limited to 4 students working closely with one consultant. RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mIt2yQ8uSNzgPmFa0F27n8VwuogK1YWzhmKv66affdo/edit
Writing Literature Reviews Part I: The Research Phase
Friday, March 2, 2018; 10am- 12pm; Horace Mann 433
Whether writing a thesis or a midterm/final paper, this workshop will be tailored to the needs of the workshop attendees. Topics we will cover include: identifying arguments, claims, evidence and theoretical frameworks, organizing topics and subtopics, finding and using sources, and structuring your review.
Writing Literature Reviews Part II: The Writing Phase
Saturday, March 24; 10am- 12pm; 424 Horace Mann
Whether writing a thesis or a midterm/final paper, this workshop will be tailored to the needs of the workshop attendees. Topics we will cover include: identifying arguments, claims, evidence and theoretical frameworks, organizing topics and subtopics, finding and using sources, structuring your review, and writing a well thought-out, logical conclusion.
Wednesday, May 2; 6pm- 11pm; 162 Thorndike Hall or New Res TV Lounge
Please join the Graduate Writing Center and the Office of Residential Services for an evening of finals writing. Writing consultants will be on site to answer quick questions and cheer you on.
No RSVP is required.
THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS WILL BE OFFERED IN THE FALL 2018 SEMESTER
Intro to APA Format
Academic writing follows very specific rules. Familiarizing yourself with the APA style is essential to most fields. This workshop will guide you through the basics of APA referencing, including how to handle quotations, in-text citations, the reference list, and electronic sources.
Intro to Narrative and Reflective Writing
Are you in a program that requires narrative and/or reflective writing but aren't comfortable writing that way? Do you have trouble relating your personal experiences to the theory you're being asking to read? Are you having trouble approaching your teaching philosophy statement? This workshop will discuss tips, strategies, and conventions for writing in common narrative genres required in grad school.
Writers are often challenged with organizing their thoughts while preparing a paper. This workshop will help you to generate ideas, organize your research, and communicate those complex ideas. Please bring developing ideas or work in-progress on literature reviews or research papers.
THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS WILL BE OFFERED BASED ON INTEREST
Presenting your work orally is an important scholarly skill. This workshop will discuss strategies for boiling down your research into something you can present in limited time, methods for best conveying complex ideas to a wide audience, and rhetorical skills that do and do not transfer from written work.
Learn how to market your hard work, to present yourself and your achievements to an Admissions Committee. This workshop will cover many aspects of the writing process -- from targeting your audience to brainstorming to drafting, revising, and redrafting a successful statement. Come prepared with your notes as many GWC consultants will be on hand to work with you on your specific concerns.