Grad Writes Workshops

Agile Planning for Semester Writing

AUG 31, 12-1:30pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

Attendees will learn agile methods and proven scheduling strategies to plan their research or scholarly writing schedule this semester. These approaches will help writers prioritize writing in their schedules while assuring they have also included for rest, recreation, and other life-affirming activities. Our goal is for participants to leave this session with a flexible, realistic, and workable writing schedule that both supports their semester goals and helps build momentum on writing projects.

Write Habits: Avoid Procrastination Loops

SEPT 7, 12-1:30pm MST

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: LSC 310

This workshop brings together known techniques for habit formation with new findings about procrastination to guide graduate students to create a regular writing practice. We will explore ways to identify and address barriers that may keep us from writing regularly as well as proven techniques to create a better writing habit. This workshop is capped at 25 participants.

ETD Information Session: Experts from the Graduate School & Library

SEPT 12, 11-11:50am MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: TEAMS

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.

INTRO SESSION: 4-Hour ARTICLE DRAFT

SEPT 15, 12-12:50am MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

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 (10/20 and 10/27). 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.

Write to Publish (W2P): Information Session

SEPT 12, 3-3:50pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

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.

Research Journals & Logs Workshop

SEPT 13, 12-12:50pm MST

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: LSC 306

This workshop covers multiple types and strategies for tracking the steps and progress of writing projects. There’s not only one best way to track writing, but there may be a best way for you at this point in your research or scholarly career. We will identify tracking categories that will help you build momentum on your project no matter if you prefer hard-copy journals, spreadsheets, Googledocs, or other.

This workshop is capped at 30 participants.

Top 10 Things You Can Do with Citation Management Software (#7 will shock you!)

SEPT 22, 12-1pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

Learn from CSU librarians about how citation management software can save you time. We’ll use examples from Mendeley and Zotero to demonstrate how you can create your own research library, easily cite while you write, and more (with experts from MSU Libraries, Renae Watson and Rachelle Ramer)

 

Agile Methods for Collaborative Writing

SEPT 28, 12-12:50pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

This information session draws on Agile project management strategies that were created for software development that can also support collaborative writers through the iterations of co-authoring manuscripts and proposals. We will learn from the research and work of Rebecca Pope-Ruark and other scholars of collaborative writing. Writers may wish to attend with their co-authors so that they can engage with the methods post-session. The session will be recorded for future reference.

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

OCT 3, 12-12:50pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

This information session 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.

Write for Speed Workshop II: Advanced Methods and Practice

OCT 6, 2-2:50pm MST

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: LSC 312

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. (This workshop is capped at 45)

Collaborative Writing across Differences

OCT 11, 12-12:50pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

This workshop considers the role the differences among writers play in our collaborations. We recognize that our professional and cultural differences can both enrich our writing (process, practices, and products) as well as challenge our assumptions and ways of writing. We will explore writing style awareness, crafting inclusive writing cultures, and strategies for engaging with colleagues across our professional and cultural differences (shaped by race, gender, sexuality, discipline, program, rank, nationality, language, generation, and writing experiences/preferences).

Literature Review I: The Basics with Dr. Kelly Bradbury

OCT 13, 12-12:50pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

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.

Revising: Clarity & Concision

OCT 24, 3-3:50pm MST

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: ZOOM

This information session focuses on MACRO or BIG PICTURE manuscript revisions. Graduate students will learn strategies for connecting ideas logically across a document to better guide their readers through the research story. The quality of research writing comes largely from the process of document revision and editing—starting first with the BIG PICTURE and moving to the details of sentence-level connections between ideas, paragraphs, and sections. (This is a cross-over workshop with the Write to Publish course.)

Literature Review II: More with Dr. Kelly Bradbury

OCT 25, 12-12:50pm MST

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: LSC 304

This workshop covers builds on the literature review basics covered in the virtual information session (on Zoom) and provides participants time to learn more and practice identifying key sources, assessing, note taking, matrix building, and integrating sources into a research story.

Editing Techniques Workshop

OCT 26, 3-4:30pm MST

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: LSC 308

This workshop focuses on MICRO or sentence-level manuscript revisions. 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. We will also address topics of passive and active voice and other culprits of clutter that require an editorial focus.

Prior Workshops & Series

SPRING 2022

  • 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

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