Summer 2017 Workshops


Introducing Your Research
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructors: Michelle Kaczmarek and Shannon Stimpson

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.

Strategies For Writing Literature Reviews
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructors: Mckenzie Eggers and Chenchen Huang

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 review articles that stand on their own.  We 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.

Revising For Publication
Friday, July 7, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructors: Michelle Kaczmarek and Mckenzie Eggers

This final workshop will be devoted to peer review. Participants will be expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in the previous summer workshops to help their peers revise works in progress. With the intention of soliciting feedback that can lead towards publication, each attendee will be asked to upload a draft of a current work-in-progress to be shared with other participants by Monday, July 3rd. Participants will then be placed into feedback groups based on subject and will read and respond to their group members’ work in advance of the workshop. As you read, please be sure to note where and how the writers in your group can improve their work so that you have detailed feedback for them on the 7th. The workshop will be devoted to sharing this feedback and devising revision plans for future action.

All graduate students, regardless of disciplinary affiliation or English fluency, are welcome to enroll. Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us ( in advance of your participation or visit.