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.


Workshops scheduled for 2019-20

Fall Semester 2019

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

Tuesday, September 10, 1-2:30 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.

Writing Cover Letters

Friday, September 27, 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.  


Spring Semester 2020

Strategies for Writing for Publication

Monday, January 27, 3-4:30 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.

Writing a Literature Review

Wednesday, February 12, 3:15-4:30 pm 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.

Approaches to Successful Grant Writing

Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-4 pm 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.