Workshops


Reading for Moves: Understanding Abstracts and Proposals

In this workshop, we will take an empirical approach to understanding abstracts and proposal-style writing more broadly. Rather than try to talk through what these genres ‘should’ be, we will review the rhetorical moves and writing strategies consistently used by successful abstracts across a variety of disciplines. This workshop will help attendees become more attentive readers and writers by encouraging them to consider the goals of genres like abstracts and how language is used to accomplish those goals.

This free workshop will be led by UWC Assistant Program Coordinator Cody Jarman and is open to all UT graduate students.

NOTE: Attendees should bring an abstract of their own to workshop in this session.


Monday, November 4, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 PM in PCL 2.358
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Writing Introductions

First impressions matter. It is no coincidence that many writers struggle to write introductions for their work. Depending on the type of writing you’re doing, introductions tend to have multiple objectives. In academic writing, your introduction often needs to establish the scope of your argument, provide appropriate context, introduce your thesis statement, and foreground your supporting argument. It also needs to hook your reader and make sure that they even want to follow you down your argument path.

In this workshop, we will explore a variety of strategies that make introductions easier to manage, whether you’re writing an introduction for an essay or working on the introductory chapter to your dissertation. We will cover outlining strategies that help ensure your introduction effectively foregrounds what you want to cover in the rest of your paper. We will also look at various different ways to revise your introduction as your project develops over time.

This workshop will be led by UWC peer graduate consultant Charlotte Fiehn and is open to all UT graduate students.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 PM in PCL 2.340
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Writing Conclusions

What’s in an ending? Just as even the most experience writers struggle to get started with their writing projects, concluding an essay or dissertation can also be daunting. This workshop sets out to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about conclusion writing by framing it as an opportunity to reinforce the significance of a piece of writing. We will explore a variety of strategies that make conclusion writing more manageable, whether you are writing a conclusion for an essay or a concluding section for a longer piece of work.

This workshop will be led by UWC peer graduate consultant Charlotte Fiehn and is open to all UT graduate students.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 PM in PCL 2.340
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Crafting a Research Story

Whether you’re presenting in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, preparing for a job interview, writing a grant proposal, or chatting about grad school with your Aunt Sally over Thanksgiving dinner, you’re telling a story about your research. Is that story a compelling one?

In this workshop, University Writing Center Director and Professor of Rhetoric & Writing Trish Roberts-Miller will discuss elements of an engaging research story, like concision and vividness, and introduce strategies for composing an effective description of what you do and why it matters.

Participants should come prepared to talk and write about their research projects, ideally with a draft of a one-paragraph summary of the dissertation or thesis.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM in PCL 2.340
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Dates and times for the following workshops will be announced soon.


UWC Graduate Services Open House

The University Writing Center (UWC) provides free writing support for all UT graduate students. We offer individual consultations, writing groups, retreats, presentations, and more! Please join us for an Open House to meet our consultants, tour our space, and learn how the UWC can support and empower you as a writer. All graduate students and faculty are welcome.


Publishing in Grad School

This panel addresses issues that face aspiring graduate student authors in today’s publishing environment and offers practical tips on how to select publication venues, how to respond to reviewer’s feedback, who to ask for advice, and what sort of publishing goals to set while still in grad school.


Crafting Standout Presentations

Well-designed presentation slides are an opportunity for graduate students to stand out from the crowd—whether during a seminar, a conference, or a job talk. This workshop focuses on the visual components of a presentation, introducing participants to the basics of visual-aural processing, reviewing visual composition best practices for slide design (including ensuring accessibility for neuro-diverse audiences), and covering some intermediate/advanced tips and tricks for capturing and directing an audience’s attention. Time will also be given to practicing those strategies in break-out groups using either a participant’s own project or a practice file provided.

This workshop is open to all UT graduate students.


Time Management for Academics

UWC Graduate Services presents “Time Management for Academics,” a presentation and discussion led by Professor Clay Spinuzzi. We will discuss strategies for starting and maintaining a work schedule, protecting your writing time, setting specific goals, and breaking large projects down into manageable components. This free event is open to graduate students and faculty members in all disciplines.

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Clay Spinuzzi – Time Management for Academics


Writing a Dissertation

This workshop will identify common challenges to writing a dissertation and introduce potential solutions to those challenges. Topics include making time to write, cultivating productive writing habits, communicating with advisors, setting short- and long-term writing goals, and being strategic about the role you want your dissertation to play in your professional development.

This workshop will likely be most helpful for graduate students in the early stages of their dissertation process, but all writers at all stages are welcome to join. This event is free and open to all UT graduate students.


The Home Stretch: Workshop for Doctoral Candidates

Are you preparing to defend your dissertation this year? Join the University Writing Center for an interactive workshop to map out the final steps of your doctoral degree process. All doctoral students are welcome to attend.

This workshop serves as a complement to the Graduate School’s upcoming events, which address official submission deadlines, copyright embargoes, and formatting templates. At the UWC event, writers will review Graduate School requirements for defense scheduling and project submission; discuss strategies for communicating with your advisor and committee; and learn how the UWC can support and empower you during your final months of writing.

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Spring into Summer Writing!

Over the summer break, you may have a much-earned reprieve from teaching and big plans for all the writing you’re doing to do. How much writing can you actually expect to accomplish? What’s the best way to manage your time so that you get a lot of work done and still get a summer break? What kind of services and resources will the UWC offer over the summer to help and support you?

We’ll answer these questions and more in a one-hour workshop that will help you prepare for a fun and productive summer of writing. All graduate students are welcome to attend this free event!


Revision and Editing Workshop

This workshop will introduce strategies for revising and editing your own academic prose. University Writing Center consultants will discuss ways to tighten your draft’s focus, reorganize sections and paragraphs, and improve sentence-level clarity and concision. All graduate students are welcome to this free event!

Slides: Revision Workshop, Sentence Clarity


Introduction to Graduate Research & Writing

Join UWC Graduate Writing Coordinator Sara Saylor and PCL Librarian Carrie Cruce for an introductory workshop on research and writing strategies. We’ll discuss practices for planning, researching, drafting, and revising scholarly projects; address common challenges of the transition from college to graduate school; and show you how to find free, one-on-one support with research and writing. This workshop is open to all graduate students.

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Research
Writing


Starting a Writing Group

Writing is easier when we face it together! At this workshop, University Writing Center consultants will teach strategies for starting and maintaining your own writing group. We’ll discuss ways to exchange effective feedback on drafts, the nuts and bolts of scheduling, and practices for goal-setting and accountability. We’ll also help you connect with other students to set up groups and partnerships. All graduate students are welcome to this free event!

Presentation Slides