Fall 2021 Workshops

All our workshops are online this semester. Space is limited, and you can register by emailing our Center at ndsu.cfw@ndsu.edu

Tue, Oct. 19; 4:00-5:30 p.m:  Navigating the Disquisition Review Process (same as 10/7 & 10/13 workshops)
This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the Disquisition Review Process, including submission requirements (what needs to be turned in to start the review process), what the Disquisition Processor looks for in a review, and common formatting errors. This workshop is highly recommended for students intending to graduate this semester.

Thu, Oct. 21; 1:00-2:30 p.m:  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 the opening paragraphs of research papers.

Thu, Oct. 28; 3:00-4:30 p.m:  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.

Thu, Nov. 4; 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m: Introduction to Literature Review
This workshop will introduce the literature review, discuss audience, and suggest organizational strategies. Included in the organizational strategies will be the preparation of a topic outline and the presentation of basic principles and techniques for writing a first draft.

Wed, Nov. 10; 1:00-2:00 p.m: 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.

Thu, Nov. 18; 11:00 am-12:00 p.m: Writing a Teaching Philosophy
If it’s not exactly a personal statement and it’s not exactly an essay—what exactly is a Teaching Philosophy? How do we go about writing one? This workshop answers these questions and helps you to brainstorm ideas for this difficult, but necessary, writing requirement for many jobs.

Wed, Wed. 1; 2:00-3:00 p.m: Common Word Choice Mistakes
Good ideas can get lost in poor word choices. In this workshop, we take on three common errors in a way that can help clear up your writing so those good ideas can shine through.

Week of Dec. 6: Personal Statements
Particularly difficult to write, the personal statement can make or break job, scholarship, or even grant applications. In this workshop we focus on some effective strategies and common pitfalls for writing this unusual genre.


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