Spring 2023 Workshops

Feb.7, 2:00- 3:00 pm: Correcting Common Grammar and Punctuation Mistakes

Good ideas can get lost in poor grammar and punctuation. In this Center for Writers graduate workshop, we take on four common errors so those good ideas can come through.

Feb.14, 1:00- 2:30 pm: Writing the Methods

We know that the Methodology section is supposed to explain the “what” and “how” of our research, but really, how much detail do we need? How do we organize our process? Why can’t we just put in bullet points? This workshop addresses strategies for organizing and then accurately communicating our research process and progress.

Feb.22, 2:00- 4:00 pm: Writing the Results

Why can’t we just let the results speak for themselves? What are some strategies for organizing the results section? How do vocabulary choices minimize complications with results and promote clarity? Should I write about the most important results first or save them for last? Do I have to put all my results in this section? These are just a few of the questions we will address in this workshop on reporting research results.

Mar.3, 12:00- 1:30 pm(Grad Hub): 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.

Mar.9, 12:00- 1:30 pm(Grad Hub): Writing an Introduction

Although 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.

Mar.22, 12:00- 1:30 pm: Avoiding Plagiarism

Academic integrity requires that we accurately attribute research and ideas to their original sources. Plagiarism, on the other hand, undermines not only the writer and researcher who intentionally or unintentionally plagiarizes, but also the work presented in the plagiarized paper. This workshop by the Graduate Center for Writers presents information about what is considered plagiarism and also some techniques to avoid it.

Mar.28, 1:00- 2:30 pm: Writing an Abstract

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

April.5, 3:00- 4:45 pm: Application Materials

Personal statements, research statements, teaching philosophies, diversity statements, resumes, CVs, and cover letters are components of many job, fellowship, and grant applications. This workshop focuses on the individual characteristics of these high-stakes genres and provides some strategies for getting started on developing a well-written application package.

Week of April 17th ONLINE (Date TBD): Responding to Reviewer Comments

Whether reviewers are peers, advisors, committees, or from a journal, responding to their comments can be both difficult and frustrating. This workshop presents a strategy for responding to comments in timely and productive ways.



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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