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Effective Writing Plans and Goals

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
12:00 AM
Assembly Hall

Balancing the demands of writing with the array of other graduate school responsibilities—planning discussion sections, building syllabi, grading, acting as a research assistant, reading for classes, being a diligent citizen of your home department, etc.—can seem overwhelming.  The good news is, it can be done, and it can be done reasonably. This workshop focuses on how to develop productive academic writing habits. The purpose is to instruct participants how to plan a project, set goals, and meet them, and students should leave the workshop with their own writing plans in place. We will discuss specific approaches to:

  • Understanding your individual writing needs
  • Determining appropriate form and scope of projects based on purpose, audience, and time constraints
  • Breaking projects into manageable stages
  • Setting reasonable, achievable goals
  • Time management (especially working effectively with limited time)
  • Moving back and forth between research and writing
  • Moving back and forth between projects
  • Building in accountability
  • Making the most of peer groups
  • Incorporating feedback for revision

Shelley Manis teaches at the Sweetland Center for Writing, where she also serves as the new media specialist and as an advisor to Minor in Writing students.

Shelley Manis