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 2021-22


Fall 2021 

Writing Cover Letters 

Tuesday, September 21st, 1-2:30pm, 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 11th, 12:15-1:45pm, 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.  


Strategies for Writing for Publication 

Friday, November 5th, 12:45-1:45pm

Writing for publication is a vital part of graduate students’ professional development, but can be a challenge to figure out the process and approaches if you have not published before. 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. 

 Spring 2022

Writing a Literature Review 

Wednesday, February 2nd, 1:15-2:45pm,

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 

Monday, March 7th, 1-2:30 pm

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.