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.
Fall 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 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). The following workshops will be held in Fall 2019. Students who bring drafts to the in-person workshops will leave with a revised draft.
Writing Assignments in Graduate School
Friday, August 30 (webinar) 12:00 – 1:30pm
Tuesday, September 3 (in-person) 2:30 – 4:00pm in ASC G34
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 & Research Questions
Thursday, September 5 (in-person) 12:00 – 1:30pm in ASC G34
Friday, September 13 (webinar) 12:00 – 1:30pm
This 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
Friday, September 6 (webinar) 12:00 – 2:00pm
Tuesday, September 10 (in-person) 2:00 – 4:00pm in ASC G34
Monday, September 16 (in-person) 10:00am – 12:00pm in ASC G34
An effective introduction that is both captivating and informative can often be puzzling. This workshop will discuss key features of introductions for academic papers, with a particular focus on research papers.
Friday, September 6 (webinar) 2:30 – 3:30pm
Tuesday, September 10 (in-person) 10:00 – 11:30am in ASC G34
This workshop will discuss how to develop an argument-based thesis statement as well as features of strong and effective thesis statements in academic writing.
Writing Strong Paragraphs
Tuesday, September 24 (in-person) 3:00 – 5:00pm in ASC G34
Friday, September 27 (webinar) 12:00 – 1:30pm
This workshop will focus on identifying elements of strong and effective body paragraphs in academic writing. This workshop will also introduce strategies for building strong paragraphs that are focused, coherent, and well-developed.
Preparing for the Literature Review (Part 1 of 2)
Tuesday, September 17 (webinar) 12:00 – 2:00pm
Tuesday, October 1 (in-person) 2:30 – 4:00pm in ASC G34
This workshop will orient you 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 (Part 2 of 2)
Friday, October 11 (webinar) 12:00 – 2:00pm
Monday, October 21 (in-person) 10:00am – 12:00pm in ASC G34
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. If you have not attended Part 1, it is strongly recommended you view the webinar prior to attending this workshop. Part 2 will focus on writing the literature review, particularly in organizing/structuring the paper, engaging with sources, and building coherence.