Fall 2021 Workshops and Roundtables

In the RWC, you will find workshops and roundtables on specific writing, research, and presentation issues for UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE students. FACULTY are also welcome to join the conversation.

If you’d like to request a workshop for your class, student organization, or study group, or if you have suggestions for future workshops, please contact Dr. Glushko at tatiana.glushko@jsums.edu.

All workshops are conducted in Central Time via Zoom. Click on the registration link to register for the workshops you would like to attend. You will receive an email confirmation once you complete the registration. On the day of the workshop, you will receive an email from the Richard Wright Center with information about how to join and participate in the online workshop. You must register at least 6 hours in advance to receive the link.

Weekly 45-minute WORKSHOPS

Mondays, 12:00 Noon | Thursdays, 3:00 PM

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Getting Started on Your Writing Assignment | September 13 & 16

Discuss how to meet your instructor’s expectations for a writing assignment and how to plan and organize your writing process and avoid procrastination.

Make Your Paper Flow |  September 20 & 23

Learn how you can make your paper flow by using effective organization, transitions, sentence structure, and word choice. Your readers will appreciate it.

Finding and Using Credible Sources | September 27 & 30

When we write using credible sources, our readers (e.g., instructors, peers) are more likely to find our argument convincing. Learn how to identify and use reliable sources to support your argument or research.

Citing and Documenting Sources | October 11 & 14

Discuss how to handle sources in your paper responsibly and avoid plagiarism.

Writing and Wellness | October 25 & 28

Learn how writing can help you practice mindfulness and self-care, increase motivation, and improve your overall well-being.

Writing a Personal Statement | November 8 & 11

Review strategies for writing effective personal statements for scholarships, internships, or graduate school applications.

Designing Visual Aids for Your Presentation | November 15 & 18

Discuss principles of visual design for creating compelling and accessible documents, handouts, and presentation slides.

Workshops for Graduate Students

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Strategies for Writing in Graduate School | September 1, 5:30-7:00 PM

This workshop focuses on common challenges that graduate students experience in their writing. We will discuss expectations for writing at the graduate level and offer strategies that might help you meet those expectations. The workshop is recommended to students in their first semester of graduate school.

Developing a Research Proposal | September 15 & October 27,  5:30-7:00 PM

Discuss key steps in choosing and articulating your research topic and developing a preliminary proposal for your study. Following these steps will allow you to (a) articulate research ideas that emerge from your interests and align with you research and career goals and (b) create a solid framework for a thesis or dissertation study.

Thesis and Dissertation Roundtables | Sept. 8 | Oct. 13 | Nov. 10,  5:30-7:00 PM

In these monthly informal conversations, you will have an opportunity to discuss writing conventions in your field, plan your research and writing, and receive feedback on your ideas from experts and peers. Each discussion is tailored to the participants’ needs.

Graduate English Competency Exam Preparation | October 14, 5:15-6:15 PM, October 18, 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM

This workshop is for students who have signed up for the Graduate English Competency Exam (ENG 599). We will review strategies for overcoming anxiety and for writing a well-developed essay within a limited time.

8-Week Course “Writing in Graduate School”: Information Session | November 17, 5:30-6:00 PM

Attend this session to learn more about an 8-week writing course designed for first-year graduate students. The course is offered in Spring 2022. You can also sign up for the course during the session.