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Graduate Events Spring 2019

Graduate Writing Groups

Fri, 9am-1pm, 251 Undergraduate Library
Sat, 10:30am-1:30pm, 251 UGL: 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11
Mon, 10am-1pm, 174 Wohlers Hall, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6

Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Join the Writers Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Each session begins with a short conversation about goals and ends with a wrap-up of accomplishments.


Writers Workshop Spring Break Writing Retreat

Mon,3/18 - Fri, 3/22, 9am - 12:30pm

Hoping to get some writing done over Spring Break? Our writing retreat will offer a place and time to make efficient, distration-free progress in a supportive atmosphere. No need to commit to the full week, but please plan to stay for the full writing period each day.

(Re)Committing to a Regular Writing Routine
1/14, 12:00-1:30pm, 1028 Lincoln Hall
1/22, 3:00-4:30pm, 1066 Lincoln Hall

Start your semester the "write" way by committing to a regular writing routine. This workshop will share advice and concrete strategies for starting and maintaining positive writing habits that will help you make progress on long-term projects like theses and dissertations.

Staying on Track with Thesis and Dissertation Writing
Wed, 2/6, 3:30-4:30pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall
Tues, 3/5, 11am-12pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall
Thur, 4/4, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will discuss best practices for large writing projects, including tips for getting and staying on track, cultivating effective writing habits, and forming a successful writing group. Dissertation and thesis writers from any discipline—and at any stage in the writing process—are welcome.

Developing and Delivering Your First Conference Presentation
Wed, 2/27, 4-5pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall
Tues, 4/16, 12-1pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will help you figure out what your presentation should (or should not) include; share tips and tricks to engage your audience; and discuss how to present with confidence. This workshop will be most useful to those who have little experience preparing for and presenting at conferences, but everyone is welcome!

Writing a Literature Review
Mon, 3/4, 11am-12pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall
Tues, 4/23, 1-2pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will address the lit review's purpose and provide tips for writing an effective one. Writers from any discipline are welcome.

Writing Effective Personal Statements
Thur, 2/21, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Wed, 3/27, 12-1pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

Learn how to write an effective personal statement, also called an “application essay” or “statement of purpose.” This presentation will review successful strategies and help you develop a plan for your own personal statement

On the Job Market: Statements of Teaching Philosophy
Tues, 4/2, 1-2pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Wed, 4/10, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

This interactive workshop will review genre expectations for academic statements of teaching philosophy and provide examples from a range of disciplines. We will share strategies for drafting and strengthening your own statement. 

On the Job Market: Composing the Academic Cover Letter
Tues, 4/9, 3-4pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall
Mon, 4/29, 12-1pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall

This interactive workshop will review genre expectations for academic cover letters and provide examples from a range of disciplines. We will share strategies for drafting, strengthening, and tailoring your own cover letters. 

From Seminar Paper to Publication
Tues, 1/29, 3-4pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall
Tues, 5/7, 12-1pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will lead you through the process of turning a seminar paper or conference paper into a published academic article. The workshop will focus on stages of revision and general expectations of publishing in academia