Grad Writes Workshops

FALL 2021 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

FRESH START: Scheduling Tools & Methods for Writing

AUG 31, 12-12:50pm MST

FRESH START workshops focus on the science of new beginnings, habit formation, and project planning to help writers return to this semester–and writing–anew. This is the first of 4 GRAD Writes FRESH START workshops for fall 2021.

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.

FRESH START: Writing through Resistance

SEPT 7, 12-12:50pm MST

FRESH START workshops focus on the science of new beginnings, habit formation, and project planning to help writers return to this semester–and writing–anew. This is the second of 4 GRAD Writes FRESH START workshops for fall 2021.

This workshop focuses on techniques to identify, accept, and work through writing resistance. 

Writing for Publication: Introductory Workshop

SEPT, 13, 3-3:50pm 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: Draft Quickly/Edit Slowly:

SEPT 15, 12-12:50pm 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

SEPT 20, 3-3:50pm 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.]

FRESH START: How to Prepare to Write

SEPT 22, 12-12:50pm MST

FRESH START workshops focus on the science of new beginnings, habit formation, and project planning to help writers return to this semester–and writing–anew. This is the third of 4 GRAD Writes FRESH START workshops for fall 2021.

This workshop focuses on strategies research and scholarly writers can use to assure that when they sit down at their scheduled writing session, they are prepared to make the most of that session. We willl consider the relationship between reading, data gathering, analysis, and other tasks in writing.

Edit for Clarity: Top 3 Sentence Issues

SEPT 28, 12-12:50pm MST

The primary complaint about manuscript quality among journal editors and faculty advisors is that manuscripts lack of clarity. This workshop provides attendees with strategies to identify issues of wordiness, modifiers, and agreements. While the workshop will briefly address issues of passive sentence constructions, both passive and active voice will be the sole focus of the NOV 13 PASSIVE VOICE workshop.

FRESH START: Deal with Inner Writing Critics

OCT 6, 12-12:50 pm MST

FRESH START workshops focus on the science of new beginnings, habit formation, and project planning to help writers return to this semester–and writing–anew. This is the last of the GRAD Writes FRESH START workshops for fall 2021.

This workshop provides participants with strategies to identify and methods to use their “critical” thoughts to their advantage. Academics seem to be natural critics, but we must channel that critical skill into editing our writing rather than our sense of who we are as scholarly writers.

Reverse Outlining: Sources & Manuscripts

OCT 11, 3-3:50pm 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.]

Literature Review: An Introduction with Dr. Kelly Bradbury

OCT 12, 12-1:30pm 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.

Getting and Using Feedback on Your Writing

OCT 18, 3-3:50pm 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.] The content of this workshop is also included in the Momentum Series.

Summary & Paraphrase: Avoid Plagiarism

OCT 19, 12-12:50 pm MST

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.”

Presenting & Integrating Evidence

NOV 1, 3-3:50 pm MST

This workshop covers strategies for how to best present and how to integrate evidence in the “story” of a research project. We will focus on narrative integration of evidence (this is NOT a workshop on how to create visual–tables, figures, or illustrations).  [This is a crossover workshop with the Write to Publish Suite–a 12-week series to produce an article for publication.]

Passive & Active Voice with Dr. Kelly Bradbury

NOV 3, 12-1:30 pm MST

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 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