Grad Writes Workshops

SPRING 2022 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

FRESH START: Scheduling Tools & Methods for Writing

JAN 25, 2-3:30pm MST

This FRESH START workshop draws on the science of new beginnings, habit formation, and project planning to help writers return to this semester–and writing–anew.

This session introduces writers to planning systems that help graduate students  prioritize writing in their schedules. Come and learn what methods and tools work best for you.

Literature Review: The Basics with Dr. Kelly Bradbury

FEB 1, 2-3:30pm MST

The workshop covers the general nature and processes of writing a literature review. Attendees will learn about how to balance the twin duties of reading and writing, how to cull relevant material from sources, and how to digest source material for their own research writing purposes.

Writing for Publication I (W2P-I): Introductory Workshop

FEB 3, 2-2:50pm MST

This workshop focuses on the processes of writing articles for academic journals. It includes information on such key steps as: identifying and contacting relevant journals, crafting the abstract, and tracking your progress through the process. [This is a crossover workshop with the Write to Publish Suite–a 12-week series to produce an article for publication.]

Write for Speed I: Basics of Drafting Quickly/Editing Slowly

FEB 9, 2-2:50pm MST

This workshop covers strategies that help writers draft quickly (and edit slowly) to increase overall writing productivity and satisfaction. It will also explore what it takes to “write for speed” regularly so that writers can build momentum on a project over the semester.

Abstracts: The basics

FEB 10, 2-2:50pm MST

This session covers the general purposes and structures of abstracts in scholarly research writing. Focused primarily on abstracts found in journal article publications, we will also discuss lay abstracts and other condensed versions of a project. [This is a crossover workshop with the Write to Publish Suite–a 12-week series to produce an article for publication.]

ETD Information Session: Experts from the Graduate School & Library

FEB 14, 11-11:50am MST

This session covers where to go for information about ETD submission processes and paperwork as well as the basics of copyright and ProQuest as they pertain to graduate student theses and dissertations.

Write for Speed II: Advanced Methods

FEB 16, 2-2:50pm MST

This workshop covers additional strategies writers can use to draft quickly (and edit slowly) during a writing session and to learn methods that can build writing focus and endurance. Writers should plan to practice writing on a current writing project.

Reverse Outlining: Sources & Manuscripts

FEB 24, 2-2:50pm MST

Skilled research writers become skilled by reverse outlining their own writing as well as the best (and even worst) documents in their field. This workshop covers steps of reverse outlining manuscripts. The methods are transferable to proposals, abstracts, and other document types. [This is a crossover workshop with the Write to Publish Suite–a 12-week series to produce an article for publication.]

Punctuation with Stephanie G'Schwind

MAR 9, 2-2:50pm MST

This workshop on punctuation is presented by Stephanie G’Schwind, editor of the Colorado Review and the director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. G’Schwind will lead this workshop on correct punctuation: commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, and more!

Getting and Using Feedback on Your Writing

MAR 10, 2-2:50pm MST

Learn strategies for getting targeted feedback on your writing from your peer readers and faculty advisors. This workshop also covers how to process commentary from the often anonymous  readers on a manuscript submitted for publication.  [This is a crossover workshop with the Write to Publish Suite–a 12-week series to produce an article for publication.] 

Summary & Paraphrase: Avoid Plagiarism with Kelly Bradbury

MAR 23, 2-3:30 pm MST

This is an in-person-only workshop. LSC 312

It can be tricky to know when to summarize, paraphrase, or quote directly from your research documents and other source material.

This workshop focuses on ways to accurately represent your research and readings while “giving credit where credit is due.”

Overcome Writing Stalls & Build Writing Habits

APR 6, 2-2:50pm MST

This workshop brings together known techniques for habit formation with new findings about procrastination to guide graduate students to create a regular writing practice. Getting started on a writing project started can seem to be the most challenging step—only to be followed by the challenges of building and sustaining momentum on the project. While, this workshop will focus on the processes of writing a thesis or dissertation, its content can also benefit graduate students who wish to build a regular writing practice during their coursework.

Revising: Clarity & Concision

APR 14, 2-2:50pm MST

The primary complaint about manuscript quality among journal editors and faculty advisors is that manuscripts lack of clarity and concision. This workshop provides attendees with strategies to edit their writing for wordiness so that their ideas can also become clearer. While the workshop will address issues of passive sentence constructions, both passive and active voice will be the sole focus of the APRIL 20 PASSIVE VOICE workshop. [This is a crossover workshop with the Write to Publish Suite–a 12-week series to produce an article for publication.] 

Engaging a Variety of Audiences in a Variety of Genres

APR 19, 2-2:50pm MST

This workshop covers strategies for how to best present and how to integrate evidence in the “story” of a research project to reach distinct audiences. We will explore examples of research presented in academic journals (for expert readers), in mainstream magazines (for a range of lay and communications readers), in popular venues like blogs (for interested lay readers).

Passive & Active Voice with Dr. Kelly Bradbury

APR 20, 2-3:30 pm MST

This is an in-person-only workshop. LSC 312

This workshop will help you recognize passive voice, edit your writing for passive sentences, and revise sentences to make them active. This is the second HOW-TO workshop on sentence-level editing, and this session will look at specific scholarly writing samples. These techniques can be useful for all fields of study and types of academic writing.

Prior Workshops & Series

FALL 2021

  • Schedule to Prioritize Writing
  • Deal with Inner Writing Critics 
  • Summarize & Paraphrase & Avoid Plagiarizing
  • Literature Review
  • Abstracts
  • Productivity & Well-Being
  • How to Prepare to Write
  • Edit for Clarity: Top 3 Sentence Issues
  • EDT Info Session (with Graduate School and Library experts)
  • Write for Speed

SPRING 2021

  • Schedule to Prioritize Writing
  • Writing for Publication
  • Summarize & Paraphrase & Avoid Plagiarizing
  • Literature Review
  • Write Concisely with the Writer’s Diet
  • Citation Management Software
  • How to Prepare to Write
  • Edit for Clarity: Top 3 Sentence Issues
  • EDT Info Session (with Graduate School and Library experts)
  • Write for Speed
  • Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

FALL 2020 

  • Schedule to Prioritize Writing
  • Summarize & Paraphrase & Avoid Plagiarizing
  • Literature Review
  • Productivity & Well-Being
  • How to Punctuate (with Stephanie G’Schwind)
  • Edit for Clarity
  • Edit for Flow
  • EDT Info Session (with Graduate School and Library experts)
  • Write for Speed

SPRING 2020

  • The Magic Writing Workshop
  • Habits that Build & Sustain Writing Momentum
  • Writing for Publication
  • Productivity & Well-Being
  • ETD (Electronic Thesis & Dissertation) Information Session
  • Create Your “Shelter in Place” Research Writing Action Plan 

HOW TO SERIES:

  • Edit for Flow (organization & development)
  • Edit for Wordiness (sentence-level editing for clarity & concision) 
  • The Literature Review: How to Prepare & Organize
  • How to Punctuate
  • Passive Voice: When & When Not to Use

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Construction Management/School of Education Workshop Series: 

The NUTS & BOLTS OF WRITING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL

2/19: Writing as Construction
2/26: Frame & Connect
4/1: Engineering Sentences
4/8: Clarity & ReVision