Spring 2017 Workshops


All graduate students, regardless of disciplinary affiliation or English fluency, are welcome to enroll.

Welcome Back: Beginning the New Year in Style, Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, 117 Henderson

Instructor: Michelle Kaczmarek

Registration for this workshop ends 02/15/2017 at 12:00 PM.

This workshop will provide a refresher on academic style through practice with the grammatical forms and stylistic possibilities of the English language. Therein, it will introduce participants to new methods for achieving clarity in their academic writing at the sentence level. The workshop will be divided into two parts: 1) a discussion of general style principles and the tools necessary for expanding stylistic repertoires, and 2) a peer review session where participants will practice the strategies outlined in the lecture. Participants are encouraged to bring two copies of one of their own works to workshop.

Revising for Publication: Introducing your Research, Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Osmond Lab 112

Instructor: Michelle Kaczmarek

Registration for this workshop ends 03/23/2017 at 12:00 PM.

A strong introduction creates interest and convinces editors and reviewers that your manuscript is worth publishing. This workshop will introduce methods for revising graduate work for academic publication by focusing on the beginning of any manuscript – the Introduction. It will present the necessary components for crafting a strong Introduction as well as provide different methods for achieving this goal. The latter half of the workshop will be devoted to peer review in which participants will practice general revision and editing skills with a current Introduction that they are working on. Accordingly, participants are encouraged to bring a draft to the workshop of an Introduction for a manuscript they are revising for publication.

Strategies for Writing Literature Reviews, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Osmond Lab 110

Instructor: Mckenzie Eggers

Registration for this workshop ends 04/03/2017 at 12:00 PM.

Just in time for seminar paper season, this workshop will cover the basics of writing a literature review from start to finish. Material will be applicable both to literature reviews that exist as part of a larger introduction and to more extensive literature reviews that stand on their own. This workshop will address how to narrow your search for sources, how to read sources critically, and how to effectively critique, analyze, and organize those sources in your literature review. The workshop will suggest a variety of organizational patterns for literature reviews and address some major revision concerns. It will end with a peer review exercise in which participants will apply new knowledge to one another’s literature reviews. Accordingly, participants are encouraged to bring drafts of introductions or literature reviews (in-progress or complete).