Several workshops are offered each semester on various writing topics in both academic and professional settings. Open to graduate students in Communication, Public Diplomacy, Communication Management, Digital Social Media, Communication Data Science, and Global Communication.
Contact Francesca Gacho for any questions or suggestions for workshop topics.
Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule
Webinars are designed to provide an overview of the writing topic and identify strategies through discussion and examples. Webinars will be recorded for asynchronous viewing and links will be made available to the Graduate Writing Coach website along with webinar handouts in the “Webinar & Workshop Materials” page. Space is limited to only 50 attendees per webinar. Webinars will be held via Google Meet (aka Hangouts Meet).
In-person Workshops are designed to supplement the webinars and to provide space for troubleshooting, workshopping, and revising students’ writing projects. They will focus on specific writing skills development topics such as the writing process, rhetorical features of different genres of writing (report, reflection papers, literature reviews, theses, dissertations, annotated bibliographies, etc.), individual parts of written assignments (introductions, thesis statements, paragraphs, conclusions, reference pages, etc.), and best practices for academic written assignments (avoiding plagiarism, integrating sources, academic expression). Students are strongly recommended to view the webinar recording prior to attending the in-person workshop.
The following workshops will be held in Spring 2019.
Critical Thinking and Research Questions
Webinar: Monday, February 4th at 3pm
In-person Workshop: Friday, February 8th at 10am (ASC 236)
This webinar/workshop will discuss a series of analytical questions that can help with knowledge-building essential to conducting research. Strategies for creating and developing strong research questions will also be discussed.
Introductions for Academic Papers
Webinar: Thursday, February 7th at 3pm
In-person Workshop: Friday, February 15th at 10am (ASC 328)
An effective introduction that is both captivating and informative can often be puzzling. This webinar/workshop will discuss key features of introductions for academic papers, with a particular focus on research papers.
Writing Strong Paragraphs
Webinar: Monday, February 11th at 3pm
In-person Workshop: Friday, February 15th at 1230pm (NEW TIME) (ASC 328)
This webinar/workshop will focus on identifying elements of strong and effective body paragraphs in academic writing. This webinar/workshop will also introduce strategies for building strong paragraphs that are focused, coherent, and well-developed.
Integrating Sources & Evidence
Webinar: Friday, February 22nd at 230pm
In-person Workshop: Tuesday, March 5th at 3pm (NEW TIME) (Location TBD)
Successful academic papers rely on sound and credible evidence. But how do you make sure you’re using sources ethically without sacrificing style and flow? This webinar/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.
Revisions & Proofreading
Webinar: Monday, March 4th at 3pm
Tackle your final stages of writing by learning about effective ways to revise and proofread your work. Learn how to check for logical flow of information, coherence, and argumentation. Proofreading strategies will also be discussed.
Coherence & Transitions
Webinar: Thursday, March 7th at 3pm
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.