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Fall Quarter Writing Workshops at The Graduate Writing Place

Modified: September 17, 2014

Developing and Delivering Conference Papers, Panels, & Presentations
(Graduate Student Lounge, Wednesday, October 8, 10am-12pm)
Academic conferences are important channels for researchers to present and discuss their work, as well as network with leading experts in their field.  While most graduate students have developed a strong foundation in writing papers, another skill of equal importance for disseminating research findings is giving conference presentations. This workshop provides participants with key strategies to successfully prepare and present their research at a conference. The workshop will cover several important considerations for presenting at conferences, including preparing slides, reducing your dependency on written prompts, discovering your natural presentation style, tips for engaging your audience and writing in a conversational manner, and advice for handling the question and answer session after the presentation. Workshop attendees will also receive advice on how to organize and pitch panels for professional conferences, including suggestions for contacting potential panelists as well as advice on writing and compiling panelists’ proposals. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/developing-and-delivering-conference-papers-panels-and-presentations-tickets-13188135067

Writing Compelling Abstracts and Titles
(Graduate Student Lounge, Tuesday, October 14, 10am-12pm)
When evaluating academic work, abstracts and titles are often the first (and sometimes the only) writing a reviewer encounters. This workshop begins with the basics, covering the essential information that both abstracts and titles must convey. We will then discuss how to approach abstracts of different lengths, specifically addressing what details should be contained in longer abstracts that are left out of shorter ones.  Finally, we’ll cover more nuanced topics such as: (1) balancing cleverness and creativity with clarity and keywords in titles; (2) cutting an abstract’s word count without compromising its message; and (3) how to avoid too much repetition when writing a series of ‘abstracts’ as part of a single job portfolio. Participants in the workshop will be provided with abstracts and titles from a number of disciplines to evaluate and compare. They will also be encouraged to bring an abstract (either their own or someone else’s) from their own discipline in order to apply learned techniques and principles to work in their field. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-compelling-abstracts-titles-tickets-13188251415

Productive Writing and Time Management
(Graduate Student Lounge, Friday, November 7, 9:30am-11:30am)
A central component of graduate school is writing papers, theses, and dissertations, among other genres. In fact, there’s no way to graduate without drafting, editing, and revising these major forms of writing. However, many, if not all, graduate students, struggle to produce writing and meet deadlines. How do you write three seminar papers in a single quarter? How do you also write a conference paper or an article on top of that? How do you draft an entire thesis or dissertation over months or years when you are used to drafting and editing papers in a matter of days? Finally, how do you actually hold yourself to deadlines? This workshop will address the challenges of getting the words on the page while also considering your calendar of personal and professional commitments. Topics to be covered include understanding your individual needs as a writer, time management, goal setting, and accountability. Participants should come prepared to discuss their current list of writing projects as well as their average weekly and quarterly schedule. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/productive-writing-time-management-tickets-13188333661

Writing Cover Letters for the Academic Job Market
(Graduate Student Lounge, Wednesday, November 12, 4-6pm)
Your cover letter is the single most important element of your job application. Yes, search committees will likely eyeball your CV first; however, your cover letter gives you the opportunity to provide narrative depth to the accomplishments listed on your CV. Perhaps more important, your cover letter also allows you to tell potential employers why you are a good fit both for the position they advertise and for their department and institution as a whole. With the importance of cover letters as its central focus, then, this workshop will go over the basic components of academic cover letters as well as discuss what should (and should not) be included in a letter. We will also offer tips and strategies for how to best tailor your cover letter to a specific job call, and participants will practice analyzing sample job calls as a way of beginning to consider what they might highlight in their own cover letters. Finally, we’ll provide participants with a bibliography of further resources as well as sample cover letters from a variety of disciplines for reference. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-cover-letters-for-the-academic-job-market-tickets-13188429949

Quoting, Citing, Paraphrasing, and Acknowledging the Work of Others
(Graduate Student Lounge, Monday, November 17, 5-7pm)
Though students from various disciplines employ different citation styles, the necessity of citing sources correctly and appropriately is common to all types of academic writing. This workshop provides participants with important information about when citations are required, what information requires citations, and how citations can be incorporated into writing with style and clarity. Participants will complete a series of exercises that will help them to diagnose and then correct improper approaches to citation or acknowledgment (i.e., plagiarism). Additionally, the ethics and necessity of quoting and paraphrasing will be discussed. Participants will learn when, how, and how much they should use direct quotes in their writing, as well as strategies for paraphrasing others’ ideas and words. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quoting-citing-paraphrasing-and-acknowledging-the-work-of-others-tickets-13188514201

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