Workshop & Webinar Materials

This page will host links to the recorded graduate writing webinars and other related handouts and materials.

The following topics are available for asynchronous viewing:

  • Writing Assignments in Graduate School
  • Critical Thinking and Research Questions
  • Reading Strategies for Graduate Students
  • Introductions for Academic Papers
  • Crafting Effective Thesis Statements
  • Preparing for the Literature Review
  • Writing the Literature Review
  • Writing Strong Paragraphs
  • Revising and Proofreading
  • Transitions and Coherence

Academic Writing

Writing Assignments in Graduate School
This workshop will discuss some of the common types of assignments that graduate students in different disciplines can expect to encounter in their courses in Annenberg. We will explore what each type aims to accomplish, how it is structured, and how to approach it.

Critical Thinking and Research Questions
This webinar/workshop discusses a series of analytical questions that can help with knowledge-building essential to conducting research. Strategies for creating and developing strong research questions are also discussed.

Reading Strategies for Graduate Students
This webinar discusses techniques for managing reading workloads for graduate students, including how to read critically and strategically for academic purposes, how to tackle theory readings, and how to identify genres of academic texts.

Introductions for Academic Papers
An effective introduction that is both captivating and informative can be puzzling. This webinar discusses key features of introductions for academic papers, with particular focus on research papers.

Crafting Effective Thesis Statements
This webinar discusses how to develop an argument-based thesis statement as well as features of strong and effective thesis statements in academic writing.

Preparing for the Literature Review
This webinar provides an orientation to the task of writing literature reviews and to the literature review paper as a genre of writing. It will discuss pre-writing considerations, advice for starting and managing your search for sources, and strategies for reading critically. Part 1 of 2.

Writing the Literature Review
This workshop follows up on Part 1 (Preparing for the Literature Review) and is intended for students who already have a research question and have started gathering and reading sources for the literature review. Part 2 will focus on writing the literature review, particularly in organizing/structuring the paper, engaging with sources, and building coherence.

Writing Strong Paragraphs
This webinar focuses on identifying elements of strong and effective body paragraphs in academic writing. This webinar also introduces strategies for building strong paragraphs that are focused, coherent, and well-developed.

Integrating Sources and Evidence
Successful academic papers rely on sound and credible evidence. But how can we make sure we’re using sources ethically without sacrificing style and flow? This workshop will describe common strategies in integrating sources, with particular focus on academic expression. We will also consider in detail steps to avoid plagiarism and to ensure that we understand ethical use of sources as professionals in training.

Revising and Proofreading
Tackle your final stages of writing by learning about effective ways to revise and proofread your work. This webinar will discuss how to check for logical flow of information, coherence, and argumentation, as well as proofreading strategies.

Transitions and Coherence
Learn strategies for using transitions to develop papers that cohere. Focus will be on techniques for effective transitional/signal phrase use and building content bridges to improve flow.

Course-Specific Assignments

Writing Literature Reviews for CMGT 540

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