Fall 2022 Workshops

Oct. 13, 2:00-3:00: Writing the Discussion and Conclusion Section

How do I start the discussion section? What type of information should be in this section, and in what order? How do I end this section? This workshop will address these questions and present strategies to develop clear arguments and compose a strong discussion section.

Oct. 18 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Writing an Introduction

Deceptively simple, a well-written introduction can be notoriously difficult to write. This workshop will present strategies for writing strong introductions and for avoiding writing pitfalls that plague opening paragraphs.

Oct. 24 12:00-1:00 pm: Writing an Abstract

An abstract is a challenging genre of writing required in many writing projects. While each discipline, journal, and even writer might have specific expectations, abstracts do have a few widely shared features. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the common features and how to construct an abstract.

Nov. 2, 3:00-4:30 pm: Introduction to Literature Review                                           

This workshop builds on the previous workshop “Organizing Materials before Writing” and introduces the literature review, audience, and organizational strategies.

Nov. 9, 3:00-4:00 pm: Writing in Active Voice

In attempts to sustain objectivity, academic writers are often trapped in a passive voice tangle that adds complexity and verbosity to already complex prose.  While we can’t get completely away from passive voice, in this workshop we discuss how to tame it to our own uses—thus freeing our prose—and our readers—from its worst excesses. 

Nov. 16, 4:00-5:00 pm: Teaching Philosophy

If it’s not exactly a personal statement and it’s not exactly an essay—what exactly is a Teaching Philosophy? Maybe even more confusing is why do employers want ours, and—most pressing of all—how do we go about writing one? This workshop answers these questions and gets you started writing your own Teaching Philosophy.    

Nov.30, 4:00-5:00 pm: Common Word Choice Mistakes

Good ideas can get lost in poor word choices. In the Center for Writers graduate workshop on “How to Correct Common Word Choice Mistakes,” we take on three common errors in a way that can help clear up your writing so those good ideas can come through.



Past Workshops

IMRD Workshops (Into, Methods, Results, Discussion)

  • Writing the Methods Section
  • Writing the Results
  • Writing the Discussion and Conclusion Sections
  • Writing an Introduction
  • Writing an Abstract

Academic & Professional Writing

  • Organizing Materials before Writing a First Draft
  • Overcoming Writer's Block
  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • Introduction to Literature Review
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Responding to Reviewer Comments
  • Peer Review
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing Personal Statements
  • Cover Letters and CVs
  • Navigating the Disquisition Review Process (by the Thesis & Dissertation Coordinator)

Elements of Clear and Correct Writing

  • Writing in Active Voice
  • Common Word Choice Mistakes
  • Common Grammar and Punctuation Mistakes
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