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Graduate Events Fall 2018

Writers Workshop Graduate Productivity Writing Group

Fridays, 9am-1pm, Undergraduate Library, Room 251, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

Saturdays, 10:30am-1:30pm, Undergraduate Library, Room 251, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 12/1, 12/8

Mondays, 9am-12pm, 113 English Building, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/5, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10

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 will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a wrap-up of accomplishments. Commit to a writing routine by regularly attending one of these groups.

These are productivity writing groups, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community for work that can sometimes feel structureless and isolating. They are ideal for graduate students seeking to create a writing routine, make progress and meet deadlines on long-term writing projects, or jump-start a new writing project. If you are seeking feedback on your writing, please make an appointment with a Writers Workshop consultant.

Tutoring Resource Fair

Wed, 10/3, 6-8pm, Undergraduate Library (upper level lobby)

Want to know more about the habits of highly successful students? Join four of our campus tutoring centers – Center for Academic Resources in Engineering, Chemistry Learning Center, OMSA Academic Services Center, and the Writers Workshop – as we celebrate National Tutoring Appreciation Week. Learn about how to use our resources and how to get involved!

Staying on Track with Thesis and Dissertation Writing

Wednesday, 10/10, 3pm-4pm, 1024 Lincoln Hall
Wednesday, 11/7, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 1024 Lincoln Hall
Tuesday, 11/27, 2pm-3pm, 1024 Lincoln Hall

This workshop discusses 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

Thursday, 10/4, 12pm-1pm, 1027 Lincoln Hall
Monday, 11/5, 4pm-5pm, 1027 Lincoln Hall

Have an upcoming conference presentation? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop helps participants figure out what their presentation should (or should not) include; shares tips and tricks to engage your audience; and discusses how to present with confidence. This workshop is most useful to those who have little experience preparing for and presenting at conferences, but everyone is welcome!

From Professors to Advisers to Reviewers: Making Sense of Critical Feedback

Wednesday, 10/17, 4pm-5pm, 1060 Lincoln Hall
Wednesday, 11/14, 12pm-1pm, 1060 Lincoln hall

Feeling overwhelmed by the critical feedback you're receiving from your professors, advisers, and/or reviewers? This workshop helps you assess, integrate, and respond to critical feedback in the revision process, whether you’re writing for coursework or working on a larger writing project.

Writing the Literature Review

Monday, 10/8, 4pm-5pm, 215 Gregory hall
Thursday, 11/8, 3pm-4pm, 1027 Lincoln Hall

Don't know where to start or unsure of how things are coming together in your literature review? This workshop addresses the lit review's purpose and provides tips for writing an effective one. Writers from any discipline are welcome.

On the Job Market: Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Thursday, 10/4, 4pm-5pm, 1064 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

Monday, 10/22, 12pm-1pm, 1060 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.

Vocabulary Development and Word Choice

Tues, 10/30, 4-5pm, 1051 Lincoln Hall

Do you sometimes feel like you don't have the right word to say exactly what you want to say? In this workshop, we will talk about strate-gies for building your vocabulary and choosing the right academic word. (This workshop will be useful for both native and non-native speakers of English)

From Seminar Paper to Publication

Thursday, 12/6, 4pm-5pm, 1051 Lincoln Hall

This workshop leads you through the process of turning a seminar paper or conference paper into a published academic article. It focuses on stages of revision and general expectations of publishing in academia

Writing Effective Personal Statements (workshop for both graduate and undergraduate students)

Wednesday, 10/11, 4pm-5pm, 1051 Lincoln Hall
Tuesday, 11/13, 4pm-5pm, 1051 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.