Graduate Student Workshops

The University Writing Center, in partnership with SIGS, offers workshops about academic writing. All graduate students are welcome. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please visit the SIGS website to register.

CLICK HERE FOR THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE AND TO REGISTER WITH SIGS

Workshops scheduled for 2016-17

Fall Semester 2016

Reading and Responding to Graduate Level Scholarship

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Houchens 105, Belknap Campus

This workshop will focus on the distinctive demands of reading and responding to writing for graduate-level courses and research. We will cover concepts such as the genre conventions of scholarly writing and how understanding those can help you navigate your way through scholarly work, strategies for reading and responding to unfamiliar or difficult scholarly texts, and expectations of professors for how graduate students are expected to use the scholarship they read in class discussions and in the students' writing.

Strategies for Writing for Publication: Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm in Houchens 105, Belknap Campus

Writing for publication can feel like a challenge graduate students, yet it is a vital part of their professional development. This workshop will cover the process of writing for publication. We will discuss the differences in writing for graduate courses and for publication, as well as approaches for turning research and seminar papers into journal articles and conference presentations. We will also discuss the practical concerns of writing for publication, such as identifying an appropriate publication for your work, responding to reviewer comments, and revising your work for publication. This workshop will focus on writing in the humanities and social sciences. A second workshop focused on the sciences will be scheduled in the spring.

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

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm in Houchens 105, Belknap Campus

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 Semester 2017

Writing a Literature Review

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m. in Houchens 105, Belknap Campus

The literature review is one of the most common genres of scholarly writing, yet one that can be frustrating if you're not used to writing one. In this workshop we will cover the purpose the literature review serves in scholarly writing, some of the important conventions of the genre, and strategies for how to approach writing the strongest literature review possible.

Strategies for Writing for Publication: Sciences

Date and Time, TBA on the Health Sciences Campus

Writing for publication can feel like a challenge graduate students, yet it is a vital part of their professional development. This workshop will cover the process of writing for publication. We will discuss the differences in writing for graduate courses and for publication, as well as approaches for turning research and seminar papers in to journal articles and conference presentations. We will also discuss the practical concerns of writing for publication, such as identifying an appropriate publication for your work, responding to reviewer comments, and revising your work for publication. This workshop will focus on writing in the sciences.