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. All workshops will take place online.

Workshops scheduled for 2022-23


Fall 2022

Reading and Responding to Graduate Level Writing  

Wednesday, September 21st, 3:00-4:00pm, Online 

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.

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

Wednesday, October 12th, 1:00-2:00pm, 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 2023

Writing a Literature Review 

Thursday, February 2nd, 3:30-4:30pm, 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 familiar with readers’ expectations. 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.

Approaches to Successful Grant Writing 

Tuesday, March 7th, 3:00-4:00pm, Houchens 105, Belknap Campus

This workshop will focus on the distinctive demands of successful grant writing. We will cover the overall genre conventions of grant writing but focus specifically on sections of a grant proposal such as the examination of need or problem and the project proposal narrative. We will also talk about reviewer expectations for what they will find in the written proposal, as well as tips for how to make sure you respond to the specific needs of individual funding agencies.