2018 Fall Workshops and Events

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Sentence Mechanics and Academic Style

Date: Tuesday, September 4 | Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Place: 102 Kern

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 printed copies of one of their own works to workshop.
Instructors: Layli Miron and Michael Young, GWC Consultants

Running Successful Writing Groups

Date: Thursday, October 18 | Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Place: 102 Kern

In this workshop, we will discuss how successful writers make use of peer review, collaboration, feedback, and writing groups. Writing groups are a fantastic way for writers of all kinds to hone their ideas, improve their prose, build accountability and support networks, and prepare their work for publication. Following a presentation on the best practices for creating and maintaining successful writing groups, participants will be given the opportunity to network with fellow writers and to establish groups of their own.
Instructors: Layli Miron and Michael Young, GWC Consultants

International Write-In

Date: Sunday, December 2 | Time: 3:00 PM – 12:00 AM | Place: 103 Paterno Library

As the semester draws to a close, join us at the library for the biannual International Write-In! The International Write-In is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Its purpose is to provide a communal writing space for anyone who needs/wants a little extra motivation, some company, or free coffee, pizza, and snacks. Show up for as long as you like and leave whenever you’re ready. GWC consultants, undergraduate tutors, EPPIC tutors, and librarians will be present to answer any writing questions you might have, and there will be a separate room for those who want to work in complete silence.

2017 Fall Workshops


Crafting Professional Documents: Resumes and Cover Letters
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructor: Chenchen Huang

What is the difference between academic and non-academic job documents? How do you alter your materials to target individual audiences? This workshop will focus on strategies for drafting neat, concise, and unique materials for your academic or alt-ac job hunt. Please bring two copies of your current résumé and cover letter for workshopping with your peers.

Crafting Professional Documents: Personal Statements, Research Statements, and CVs
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructor: Shannon Stimpson

What do search committees look for in CVs and personal statements? How are these documents used by faculty and administrators to make hiring decisions about academic candidates? The workshop will emphasize how CVs, personal statements, and research statements differ from and complement each other. Participants will focus on genre conventions and writing with stylistic emphasis and concision. This workshop is geared specifically toward preparing documents for an academic job search. Please bring a copy of your personal statement and/or CV to the workshop.

Writing Abstracts
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructors: Shannon Stimpson and Chenchen Huang

Current demands in indexing, selection, and publication make the abstract an increasingly important form to master. However, even seasoned researchers and practiced writers struggle to write compelling abstracts. Our final workshop addresses the art of abstract writing and summarizing extended arguments for interest, relevance, and accuracy. As part of our discussion, we will also consider how keywords play a crucial role in indexing and access. Participants will practice identifying keywords and revising abstracts for different contexts (i.e., conference papers, journal articles, book chapters, dissertations and theses, research grants, and book proposals). Please bring a copy of an abstract for a project you are working on to the workshop.

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 (gwc.psu@gmail.com) in advance of your participation or visit.