GRAD Writes WORKSHOPS
The CSU Writes workshop series addresses the 4 areas academic writers encounter their greatest challenges: space, time, energy, and academic style.
Most workshops last 1 to 1.5 hours. To help with your scheduling and with CSU Writes preparations, RSVP for workshops using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you.
Spring Semester Writing Kickstart & Group-Up
FEB 1, 2-3:30 (LSC 372-4)
In this first workshop of the spring 2017 semester, graduate students set up a semester writing plan and meet other graduate students who have similar writing goals and needs. The first half of the workshop includes useful tips for setting writing goals, organizing a writing schedule, and building momentum during a semester (the "kickstart"). During the second half, graduate students group-up with others who can help them meet their writing goals.
Myths We Stall By: A Workshop with guest speaker Dr. Joli Jensen
FEB 17, 9am-noon (LSC 324)
There are hundreds of ways to keep ourselves from successfully completing writing projects. The higher the stakes, the more likely it is that we will stall or get derailed on our way to project completion. Learn about the writing myths that can stand in the way of completing your thesis or dissertation and ways to vanquish them. Guest speaker Dr. Joli Jensen returns to CSU to share strategies for overcoming the myths we stall by when writing.
Writing Strategies for English Language Learners: A Workshop with Dr. Cory Holland
FEB 21 2-3:30 (LSC 312)
Learn strategies for modeling successful papers in your field and for expanding vocabulary range and precision. These workshops are designed with the non-native-English speaking graduate student in mind; however, they are open to all graduate students who have an interest in improving their writing skills and outcomes.
Scheduling for Deep Work: A Clockwork Muse Workshop
FEB 28, 11-12:30 (LSC 372-4)
Combining methods for doing “deep work” with the “muse” created through schedules and writing logs, this workshop introduces academic writers with new techniques from Cal Newport (author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World). Attendees will learn strategies to help them track their writing production and maintaining momentum on a project—even amid a hectic semester.
More Writing Strategies for English Language Learners with Dr. Cory Holland
MAR 7, 2-3:30 (LSC 312)
Learn additional strategies for modeling successful papers in your field and for expanding vocabulary range and precision. These workshops are designed with the non-native-English speaking graduate student in mind; however, they are open to all graduate students who have an interest in improving their writing skills and outcomes.
Writing for Speed Workshop II
APR 5, 2:30-4 (372-4)
This workshop borrows from Virginia Woolf's endorsement to "write at a gallop" to write faster than your critics can speak, a process that requires that we draft first, edit later. We will explore multiple strategies to separate drafting from editing and proofreading so that we might write at speed, produce more pages, and, if we are lucky, experience the pleasure of outpacing the critics.
Passive/Active Voice Workshop
APR 19, 2:30-4 ( LSC 372-4)
Is your writing troubled by passive voice? Did you read this first question and not recognize it was written in passive voice? Or this last one, too? If so, this is the perfect workshop for you!!! This workshop will help you recognize passive voice and edit your writing passive sentence. We will also consider strategies for writing active sentences. These writing style techniques can be useful for all fields of study and genres of writing.
Retreat Booster: Intensive Writing Sessions
These communal writing sessions supplement the Spring 2017 intensive writing retreats. If you attended a retreat this semester, use the retreat boosters to maintain your writing momentum. The first half hour of the booster includes conversations about the progress we’ve made since our retreat as well as a few helpful reminders about focusing on our writing outcomes and finding a workable writing schedule. Sessions are open to both faculty and graduate students. You can just show up and get a lot of writing done.
FEB 10, 2-5pm, (Eddy 100)
MAR 3, 2-5pm, (Eddy 100)
APR 7, 2-5pm, (Eddy 100)
APR 28, 2-5pm, (Eddy 100)