Grad Writes Workshops

FALL 2023

What Strong Writers Do: Planning & Scheduling Workshop

SEPT 6, 3-4:30pm LSC 396


The strength and resiliency we need to complete extensive writing projects is built over time and through repetition. This in-person workshop covers evidence-based approaches and actions that graduate students and postdocs can undertake early in the semester to prepare, undertake, and complete their proposals, articles, theses, or dissertations.

What Strong Writers Do: Planning & Scheduling Webinar

SEPT 7, 12-12:50 PM MST


This in-person working session covers time chunking, agile scheduling, and habit formation to help attendees craft a semester writing schedule that supports their semester life goals, well-being, and writing productivity. It will draw on approaches covered in the January 24 webinar and provide time for writers to work with the techniques. Literally on paper. Participants will leave this workshop with a weekly plan and skills to schedule and build momentum on their writing projects. (Note: Participants do not need to attend the 1/24 webinar—all concepts will be covered in this working session.)

Writing for Publication Introductory Session

SEPT 11, 3-3:50 PM MST


The Write to Publish (W2P) non-credit course guides writers through the steps of producing an article for publication in 12 weeks. This introductory session for the Write to Publish (W2P) non-credit course includes information about writing for publication, the arrangement of the 12-week course, and scheduling to prioritize article writing. The workshop is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and CSU researchers.

Attend and see if W2P is right for you this fall semester.

4-Hour Article Draft Intro Session

SEPT 14, 12-12:30 PM MST


This session introduces an experimental workshop designed for writers to produce a draft article in 4 hours. We will explore the preparation for the two 2-hr writing sessions in October (10/19, 12-2pm) and (10/26, 12-2pm). Attendees will do best if they have all data, literature, and clarity of findings/analysis/interpretations. We will be bold and explore what is possible with preparation and deep work, together.

Writing for Publication Webinar: The Big Picture

SEPT 18, 3-3:50 PM MST


This webinar 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 webinar is cross-listed with the W2P 12-week, non-credit certificate course.

ETD Information Session: Experts from the Graduate School & Library

SEPT 20, 3-3:50 PM 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.

Punctuation with Editor Stephanie G'Schwind

SEPT 26, 12-1:30 PM, LSC 372


This workshop covers the basic rules of correct punctuation: commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, and more!

Guest presenter Stephanie G’Schwind is the editor of Colorado Review and the director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University.

Write for Speed Workshop: Practice Session

OCT 4, 1-1:50 PM, LSC 312


This workshop covers 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. After learning principles and techniques, we will practice generating and editing sprints. These Write at Speed methods can be used at show up & write. and the 4-Hour Article series.

Write at Speed Webinar: "How To" Information Session

OCT 4, 3-3:50 PM MST


This webinar 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.

Concept Plan for Articles: Webinar with Dr. Steve Conrad, Systems Engineering

OCT 9, 1-2 PM MST


Writing an article about your research is challenging and complex. As writers it is imperative that we write so our readers understand our intent, trust our methods, and get a clear sense of our findings and their implications. This webinar introduces a structured concept plan approach for achieving these goals. In the webinar Dr. Conrad will review his introduction to the concept plan approach at the University of Queensland, its application, and how it can be used to scaffold the article writing process to structure the introduction, and highlight key literature, methods, and findings.

Write Now: Strategies to Address Procrastination & Slumps Webinar

OCT 18, 12-1:30 PM MST


This webinar brings together studies of stalled writers with research on procrastination to help writers devise a regular writing practice. We will explore techniques to identify and address barriers that may keep us from writing regularly as well as strategies that can make sitting down to write easy and rewarding.

AI and Research Writing: A Discussion with CSU Researchers (with Special Guest Max Headroom?!)

OCT 31, 12-1:30PM, LSC 308-310

In-Person, LSC 308-310

Predictive generative and corrective writing tools (think Grammarly) have been used by research writers for more than a decade. Recent developments in probabilistic text generation (think ChatGPT) have brought large language models (LLM) to the forefront of our conversations about how we write and how we engage and assess knowledge production. This CSU Writes hosted discussion session provides a space for CSU to consider how our researchers and scholars are understanding, skill-building, and navigating text generative software.

Writing a Literature Review: General Strategies from Reading to Tracking to Integrating

NOV 2, 12-1:30 PM MST


This webinar covers the general nature and structures of literature reviews for theses, dissertations, and journal articles. Attendees will learn about how to cull relevant material from sources and integrate into manuscripts.

How to Revise and Edit Webinar: Key Types and Steps

NOV 8, 12-12:50 PM MST


This webinar covers the principal steps for revising and polishing a manuscript. Participants will learn about the key types of revision and editing and an easy-to-use step-by-step process to create flow and clarity in their writing.

Prior Workshops & Series


  • Fresh Start: Scheduling Tools
  • Literature Review
  • Writing for Publication
  • Abstracts
  • Write for Speed I and II
  • Reverse Outlining
  • Getting and Using Feedback
  • Summary/Paraphrase
  • Punctuation
  • Overcome Writing Stalls
  • Engaging Audiences
  • Passive/Active Voice

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


  • 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


  • 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 


  • 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


Construction Management/School of Education Workshop Series: 


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