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Rackham / Sweetland Workshops

Rackham / Sweetland Workshops, co-sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School, cover a host of topics designed to help graduate students in various aspects of writing.

Transition to Graduate Writing, Part 2

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 • 10:00-11:30am
West Conference Room, 4th floor, Rackham Building

Graduate students are required to navigate a range of academic writing conventions, genres, expectations, and audiences. This workshop will help graduate student writers identify critical strategies for reading and writing academic texts. We’ll talk about how to approach unfamiliar writing tasks, develop drafting and revision practices, and identify patterns across all disciplinary forms of academic writing. The workshop will conclude by identifying our learning goals and developing best methods for achieving them.

Presenter: Stephanie Moody, Sweetland Center for Writing

Writing Literature Reviews

Thursday, March 23, 2023 • 2:00-3:30pm
East Conference Room, 4th floor, Rackham Building

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.

Presenter: Jimmy Brancho, Sweetland Center for Writing

Structuring and Developing Arguments

Thursday, March 30, 2023 • 4:00-5:30pm
Zoom only

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.

Presenter: Raymond McDaniel, Sweetland Center for Writing