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ENGL 751: Tools for Academic Writing: Clarity and Style (8 weeks; 1 credit)

The main purpose of this course is for students to learn and practice using specific strategies for writing clear, correct, and audience-appropriate academic documents. In addition, students will investigate writing expectations and analyze academic writing in their own disciplines. The class structure will follow the lessons in Joseph Williams's Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace.

Syllabus - Fall '17.

ENGL 752: Tools for Academic Writing: Writing Your Manuscript (1 credit)

This course is based on the assumption that individualized feedback is the most effective tool for students to improve their academic writing. This course leads students through a semester of intensive academic writing with extensive individualized feedback. Students will do the following:

  • Develop a semester-long writing plan for a major paper or part thereof (e.g., disquisition, article for publication, grant application)
  • Obtain approval and guidance from their advisors
  • Write intensively, receiving weekly individualized feedback from a graduate writing consultant
  • Report to the course instructor (the Graduate CFW director) to ensure they are progressing appropriately, and report to their advisors as needed

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Students interested in taking this course will need instructor approval. This approval requires that you complete and return to the form linked here: Proposal From

ENGR 722 Seminar: Academic Writing in the Engineering Disciplines (2 credits)

The purpose of this course is for graduate engineering students to learn and practice using specific strategies for writing academic papers. Students will analyze and assess published work and practice working on the elements of a successful academic paper. In addition, they will write and revise a manuscript of their own.

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Students interested in taking this course will need instructor approval. Please contact to obtain it.

UNIV 440/640 – Writing for Scholars, Fellows, and Researchers (8 weeks; 1 credit)

Fall 2017 Section Focus: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program

This course aims to help students develop an understanding of the academic genre of grant and fellowship applications by analyzing a specific grant program, practicing the elements required for the application, and submitting a completed application. As indicated by the Section Focus above, the Fall 2017 class will be dedicated to completing applications  for the NSF's GRFP.

The Spectrum/Rio Bergh

Fall 2017 Syllabus

Students interested in taking this course, contact to obtain instructor permission to register.


GCFW Highlights
Left to right: Rachel Salter, awarded the NSF fellowship; Enrico Sassi, Dir. Graduate Center for Writers; Darcy Corbitt-Hall, recognized with an Honorable Mention. Both students participated in the class "UNIV 440/640 – Writing for Scholars, Fellows,and Researchers," taught by Enrico Sassi.

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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