Graduate Writing Workshop Series

Graduate Writing Workshop Series

In this quarter's workshops, graduate student writers will learn and practice techniques for making their writing valuable to their readers. The first part of each workshop will be a plenary session presenting a concrete writing and revision technique; in the second part, participants will work in small groups on revision exercises. Writers will be supported during their group work by a workshop liaison, who will also be available by appointment for individual consultations that will help participants apply the workshop's principles to their own work or to writing in their field.

The workshops will be on Mondays from noon to 1:20pm on April 18, April 25, and May 2. Participants must register for the series as a whole.

Register for the series here.

  • Writing - Creating Value I (Thursday, April 18, 12-1:20pm) – Clear writing is good; organized is good; persuasive is good. But none of this matters if your writing is not seen by readers to be relevant, significant, having impact, or consequential: that is, valuable to them. This session begins a series on aspects of writing that can advance, or hinder, readers' perception that your work is valuable. Advance registration required for the series as a whole.
  • Writing - Creating Value II (Thursday, April 25, 12-1:20pm) – This workshop builds on the first value session and requires it as a prerequisite. Here, we'll turn to more advanced techniques for enhancing the perceived value of your writing, and we will discuss how certain habits might be undermining your writing’s value. Advance registration required for the series as a whole.
  • Writing - Creating Value III (Thursday, May 2, 12-1:20pm) – This workshop will examine techniques for adapting your writing to different audiences. In some cases, a piece of writing might be seen as valuable in multiple contexts, but this is rare. More often than not, different readers require different rhetorics of value. This session is about those differences. Advance registration required for the series as a whole.