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Writing Literature Reviews

Thursday, November 30, 3-4:30pm, Rackham Building
East Conference Room, 4th Floor
Presenter: Jimmy Brancho

How do I turn this never-ending tangle of literature into a neat, polished review? In this interactive workshop, we'll cover laying the foundation for your scholarly literature review and then taking that first critical step towards composition. We'll crowdsource tips for generating a source list, organizing it as you go, and starting to extract themes and ideas for section headings from your reading library. We'll also cover the basics of structure to reduce the barrier for writing your first sections. Whether you're halfway through or just starting out, you'll have a chance to take the next step on organizing, defining your purpose, or revising your argumentation. This presentation will focus on reviews in the sciences, but concepts are generalizable to all literature reviews.

Structuring and Developing Arguments

Thursday, October 26, 2-3:30pm
Rackham Building, West Conference Room, 4th Floor
Presenter: Raymond McDaniel 

What kinds of arguments can graduate students make as they proceed through their coursework, professional development, and dissertation process? This presentation will focus on how to conceptualize and scaffold arguments to develop and shape scholarly work across the whole of one's graduate career.

How to Grad Student:
Becoming an Effective Writer in Graduate School

Whether you are moving directly from your undergraduate degree or returning after some time away, the first term of graduate school will challenge you to expand skills critical to your success. Two of the most essential skills needed to thrive are reading and writing.  This new, four-part Rackham/Sweetland workshop series will showcase reading and writing practices for new graduate students that will inform your approaches to reading and writing through the course of your graduate career.

What’s Reading Got to Do with It?
Reading to Support Writing in Graduate School

Friday, September 29, 2-3pm, North Quad 2435
Presenter: Megan Behrend 

This workshop will explore how you can read strategically to support your work as a writer in your academic field and discipline.

What is the relationship between reading and writing for academic purposes? How can we read to support our work as writers in our specific academic fields and disciplines? In this 50-minute Rackham/Sweetland workshop, you will discover answers to these questions through guided reflection on your current reading (and writing) practices, as well as a hands-on introduction to specific reading strategies that support writing. You'll also leave with additional resources and ideas for how to continue to explore and develop the reading-writing connection in your own academic work.

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Who Are You Talking To?
Identifying and Responding To Your Interlocutors

Friday, October 6, 11am-12pm, North Quad 2435
Presenter: April Conway

This workshop will address how reading skills and writing conventions allow you to ethically represent others’ knowledge and support your arguments.

Interlocutors are those you engage with in your research and writing; they may appear (re: be valued) differently across disciplines. This workshop will address how reading skills and writing conventions allow you to ethically represent others’ knowledge and support your arguments. Participants will work with peers to talk through rhetorical decisions scholars make when identifying and responding to interlocutors and set goals of how to use the workshop experience in their own graduate writing careers.

How to Make Revision Count
Revising Practices for Graduate Students

Friday, October 20, 1-2pm, North Quad 2435
Presenter: Louis Cicciarelli 

This workshop will introduce new graduate students to revising practices to help them thrive in their academic writing.

The most critical phase in the writing process is also the most mysterious and untaught. Revision is especially challenging for first-year graduate writers learning to write extended arguments for academic purposes.  What do academic writers do when they revise? How does an early draft become a polished, publishable article? This workshop will demystify the role of revision in academic writing – to advance and refine our good ideas!  – and provide strategies to help you build quality revision into your writing practice.  You will expand your revising practices and elevate your writing game.

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How Do You Conceptualize Your Time in Graduate School?
From the Physical to the Philosophical  

Friday, October 27, 3-4pm, North Quad 2435
Presenter: Cat Cassel 

This workshop will address time management strategies, and effective habits and motivation for early graduate school success.

Time management and productivity may not seem like an exciting topic, but harnessing concrete tactics and strategies for how to maintain autonomy and agency over your own schedule is a crucial skill in graduate school. You will find yourself juggling multiple, and often competing, priorities– and many of them have to do with writing… lots, and lots of writing! This 50-minute Rackham/Sweetland workshop will address time management strategies across scales (from pomodoros to physical planners to semester and year-long planning), as well as considerations regarding habits and motivation. The earlier you find what works for you, the more you can tailor your schedule to fit your life instead of the other way around!