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All fall 2020 workshops facilitated by Graduate Writing Support will be held virtually. Zoom links for each will be sent to registrants one day prior to the event. If you are interested but unable to attend the live workshop, please register for the event. A copy of the slides used during the presentation and any handouts provided to attendees will be shared with you after the event. Though it is not as rich of an experience, the tools discussed can still be helpful. 

Dissertation Workshop Series

So You Want to Write A Dissertation?

Come join the Director of Graduate Writing Support for a one-hour workshop focused on getting your extended writing projects such as the thesis or dissertation started. You will learn 4 tips for keeping your writing momentum going strong throughout the duration of your project.

Tuesday, September 1, 3:00-4:00


Tackling the Literature Review

Historically, the literature review is one of the toughest chapters for dissertation writers to craft. Come join the Director of Graduate Writing Support for this workshop on approaches to constructing this challenging genre. 

Tuesday, September 15, 3:00-4:00


Telling Your Data’s Story

You’ve done it. You’ve collected all of the data for your dissertation research project. Now what? Come join the Director of Graduate Writing Support to learn how to translate that data into a compelling narrative. 

Tuesday, September 29, 3:00-4:00


Structuring the Dissertation Argument

Creating the dissertation can be an overwhelming undertaking. Come join the Director of Graduate Writing Support for this workshop that will introduce some thoughts on how you might approach organizing your document.

Tuesday, October 13, 3:00-4:00


Professional Writing Workshop Series

Constructing a Professional Email

Effective communication is more important than ever in the virtual world we live in. Graduate students must communicate in multiple contexts with diverse audiences. Join us for a workshop focused on the guiding principles for professional communication via email. You will learn to identify common pitfalls that lead to miscommunication and how to leverage key strategies to maximize the effectiveness of your email communication. You will also acquire best practices for using email communication in networking and in the job search process. Sponsored by the Graduate Life Office in collaboration with the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Wednesday, September 9, 12:15-1:15


Writing a Professional Proposal

Proposals are an important aspect of the world of business writing. Graduate students are invited to participate in this 1-hour workshop that will introduce 4 types of proposals, general proposal guidelines, and how to read an RFP. Participants will also be given opportunities to practice and share their newfound proposal writing skills.

Wednesday, September 23, 12:15-1:15


Grant Writing: A General Overview

One kind of proposal many graduate students will need to learn how to write is the grant proposal. This 1-hour workshop will introduce graduate students to the genre of grant writing. Participants will learn key aspects that are a part of all grant proposals, tricks for standing out amongst the crowd, and how to read calls for proposals. Participants will have opportunities to practice some of the skills they are learning.

Wednesday, October 7, 12:15-1:15


Drafting Persuasive Messages

What does it take to persuade an audience to take a certain action or to believe a certain claim? Graduate students are invited to participate in this workshop to learn some tips and tricks for crafting communications that spur people to take action. 

Wednesday, October 21, 12:15-1:15


Delivering Effective Presentations

Presentations, both in-person and virtual, are an ever increasing aspect of today’s work world. Thus, graduate students are invited to participate in this workshop that will provide some key strategies for delivering engaging presentations.

Wednesday, November 4, 12:15-1:15