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Navigating Graduate Writing Workshop


Time: Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Location: Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

Admission: - RSVP Required

This day long series of four interactive, inter-related sessions covers topics related to graduate student writing, with particular focus on issues affecting students working on their dissertations. Through presentations, inventories and other written tools, and small and large group discussion, students will:

  • gain a better understanding of their writing process and personal strengths and challenges related to their writing;
  • deepen their understanding and processing of feedback  and identify ways of working with faculty and peers to receive ongoing and useful feedback;
  • develop relationships and processes with committee members that facilitate communication and support; and
  • create a plan to move their writing forward that integrates the material covered over the course of the day.

Presenters will provide resources and information that will be useful to graduate students at various stages of their writing. They will also offer insight, tools, and strategies drawn from their professional experience, and their own work as authors and editors. By engaging with the presenters, the participants, and the material, students will become resources for each other over the course of the program.  

Brief descriptions of the individual sessions are provided below. The program runs from 8:30-5:30, with a continental breakfast provided from 8-8:30 and a lunch break from 12:45-1:45.


Session One: Self Awareness and Self Knowledge: Assessing Critical Areas Related to My Writing

After a brief overview of the day, this session delves into understanding several aspects of participants’ “writing lives”. Using assessment tools, reflection, and discussion, students gain a greater understanding of their preferred writing style, their writing processes, and areas that facilitate or block successful writing-and strategies to address these areas. This material is then applied to concrete areas of the doctoral process, including choice of topic and research design, and composition of the doctoral committee.

Session Two: Feedback: Can’t Get Better Without It!

Have you ever gotten a paper back from your professor with so many comments that you were overwhelmed, or so few that you didn’t understand how the paper could be improved? In this session participants deepen their understanding of writing feedback, and how to use the different types of feedback to strengthen their writing.  Participants learn how to ask for and understand feedback from faculty, peers, and others; and how to find and retain their writing voice.

Session Three: Building and Navigating Support: The Committee and Beyond

This session highlights the role of the committee in supporting student writing and how students can empower themselves to work with committee members to maximize support. Through case studies, discussion, and interpersonal communication tools, students consider ways to build and maintain individual faculty and committee support for their writing. Participants also identify additional campus and community resources that can help them navigate the process of completing their dissertations.

Session Four: Mapping a Successful Path through the Dissertation

Through the course of their graduate studies, students have been provided the basics of how to hypothesize, conduct research, and explore and expand the knowledge base of their discipline. This session provides participants an opportunity to take what they have already done and what they learned today to create or revise a map for successfully navigating the dissertation process.

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