Graduate Student Writing Workshops

The University Writing Center, in partnership with the Graduate School, offers workshops about academic writing. All graduate students are welcome. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please visit the Graduate School website to register. The Fall 2020 workshops will take place online.


Workshops scheduled for 2020-21

Fall Semester 2020

Writing Cover Letters

Friday, September 25, 1-2:30 pm in Houchens 105, Belknap Campus 

Cover letters are often a hiring committee’s first impression of a job candidate. Well-written cover letters effectively overview a candidate’s strengths and clearly demonstrate fit for an open position. This workshop will focus on the conventions of cover letters for both academic and professional jobs. We will discuss purpose and audience, provide strategies for writing multiple cover letters, and share examples from successful academic and professional job searches. 

Organizing and Writing a Large-Scale Project such as a Dissertation or Thesis.

Monday, October 26, 3-4:30 pm

Writing a dissertation or thesis can seem a daunting prospect that raises questions about structure, organization, as well as simply how best to get started. This workshop will offer strategies for how to approach a large-scale writing project such as a dissertation or thesis. We will discuss the genre and rhetorical conventions expected in dissertations and where those may differ from other academic writing experiences of graduate students. We will also offer suggestions and tips for getting started on your project, making consistent progress, working with committee member comments, and staying motivated.


Spring 2021 Workshops TBA