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Shop Talks

Are you a graduate student? Would you like to learn more about graduate-level writing? Consider attending one of our Shop Talks to help improve your writing skills.

 Attendees will:

                Participate in informative workshops.
                Meet graduate students from other programs.


Entering the Scholarly Conversation and Writing Literature Reviews

Friday, September 29, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Do you want to learn more about writing at the graduate level? This Shop Talk will provide information about tone and audience, writing literature reviews, and tips for writing in a more scholarly manner. This Shop Talk is one of four parts of the Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp but has useful information about for students who are not on a thesis-track. Come learn more about research writing!


Graduate-Level Research Writing

Friday, October 20, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.               

This Shop Talk helps acclimate writers to graduate-level writing expectations. It addresses graduate-level research writing with a focus on the general structure of research-based assignments such as research proposals and research studies for comprehensive exams, theses, or dissertations. Attendees will learn about the parts of these documents, the logic behind how they are written, and how to assess samples of research writing for their strengths and weaknesses in meeting the expectations of the genre. This will give attendees a hands-on experience with research writing at the graduate level and allow for direct application of the topics covered in the Shop Talk.


 Writing and Research Methodologies             

Friday, November 10, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This Shop Talk addresses qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and how to write up a methods section. Attendees will learn about the different parts of a methods section, how methodology informs research writing, and how to find holes or shortcomings in methodological write-ups. In this interactive workshop, attendees will get the opportunity to analyze writing samples, applying what they’ve learned about methodology and writing and identify the strengths and weaknesses of how the methodology is designed and written up.


Note: Content of workshops may vary depending number of attendees.