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All spring 2021 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. 

Design Your Life Workshops

Presented in Collaboration with the Center for Career & Professional Development and the Graduate Student Senate

Apply design thinking to your career and life planning. This workshop series is based on the book, Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans. Register for each workshop separately. 

Tuesday, February 9 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Register Here

Tuesday, February 23 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Register Here

Tuesday, March 9 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Register Here

Tuesday, March 23 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Register Here

Publishing Workshops

Join Dr. Yvonne Lee, Director of Graduate Writing Support, to talk about the ups and downs of getting your academic writing published.

Publishing workshops will be held the first Friday of the month from 9:00am-10:30am.

Facing Obstacles - March 5

Dealing with Rejections - April 2

Moving Towards Acceptance - May 7

Register here for as many or as few publshing workshops as you are able to attend. 

Faculty Workshops

Working with Graduate Writers

February 8 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm Academic Writing as a Social Practice

Join Dr. Yvonne Lee, Director of Graduate Writing Support, for a discussion of the ways in which supervising graduate writers is a complex pedagogical practice, ideas for moving away from the "writing up" metaphor, and how text work is identity work.

March 8 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm Providing Feedback to Graduate Writers: Building a Linguistic Toolkit

Join Dr. Yvonne Lee, Director of Graduate Writing Support, for a discussion of the metalanguage of feedback, developing a language for talking about language. We will discuss ways to approach feedback on graduate writing projects that writers may be able to successfully use.

April 12 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm Crafting Meaningful Writing Assignments

Join Dr. Yvonne Lee, Director of Graduate Writing Support, for a discussion of ways to craft graduate writing assignments that promote discovery and revision, help graduate writers build on their understanding of the writing process, and may encourage improved writing results.

Grant & Fellowship Writing

Presented in Collaboration with Research & Graduate Studies

This workshop series will occur on the first Monday of the month during the months of March, April, and May. Each occurrence will cover a different aspect of the Grant & Fellowship writing process. March will be Planning, April will be Drafting, and May will be Revising and Submitting.


Planning - March 1, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Reviewing a Call for Proposals
  • Planning Ahead & Mobilizing Support
  • Planning Your Research

Drafting - April 5, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Telling Your Story
  • Picking a Plot
  • Writing a Draft

​Revising & Submitting - May 3, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Reviewing
  • Revising
  • Submtting

Dissertation Workshops

So You Want to Write A Dissertation?

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.

Fall 2021

Tackling the Literature Review

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

Fall 2021

Telling Your Data’s Story

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

Fall 2021

Structuring the Dissertation Argument

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

Fall 2021

Professional Writing Workshops

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. 

Fall 2021

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.

Fall 2021

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.

Fall 2021

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. 

Fall 2021

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.

Fall 2021