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Workshops

The UWC offers workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of topics. Our workshops are free for all UT Austin graduate students.

If you’re not familiar with UWC workshops, please read about our workshops and policies below.  You can also find a list of  upcoming and past workshops.

If you know which workshop(s) you would like to attend, please register by clicking the link for the appropriate workshop in the Upcoming Workshops section.

Upcoming Workshops

3MT – Telling Your Research Story

September 21, 2021 1:00 PM (Online)

In this workshop, the University Writing Center will provide tips on how to tell a compelling story about your research. UWC writing consultants will be available to provide feedback on 3MT script drafts.

Please bring any and all writing you’ve done on your script: outline, notes, draft, etc.

The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to registered participants 30 minutes before the start of the workshop. Please make sure that the email you enter into the registration form is correct.

To sign up, click here.

Time Management for Academics

September 22, 2021 12:00 PM (Online)

Led by Professor of Rhetoric & Writing Clay Spinuzzi, this online workshop introduces strategies for starting and maintaining a work schedule, protecting writing time, setting specific goals, and breaking large projects down into manageable components.

Co-hosted by Texas Career Engagement.

To sign up, click here.

CV Writing 101

October 6, 2021 12:00 PM (Online)

Learn how to articulate your academic accomplishments within the specific conventions of the academic CV. We will also explore the possibilities for tailoring and persuasively positioning elements within the CV to match certain academic opportunities including fellowships. Finally, we will reframe the CV as a tool and “to-do” list that indicates areas where scholars can bolster aspects of their scholarly identity with intentionality as they progress through their training.

Co-hosted by Texas Career Engagement.

To sign up, click here.

3MT – Visualizing Your Research Story

October 7, 2021 2:00 PM (Online)

All 3MT participants are allowed to display a single static slide during the presentation. In this workshop, the UWC will discuss how to craft a standout slide by balancing verbal and visual information and creating interesting design elements. Please come to the workshop with a draft of your slide.

The Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to all registered participants 30 minutes before the start of the session. Please make sure that the email you use to sign up is correct.

To sign up, click here.

About Workshops

UWC graduate writing workshops are typically one- to two-hour instructional sessions led by UWC consultants and university faculty. These workshops are often interactive, and attendees are encouraged to bring in their writing and other materials for project management. Recorded workshops are now available to view on our UWC Grad Services YouTube Channel. If you attend a workshop and would like to have a copy of the presentation, please email us at uwcgradservices@utexas.edu

Additional Support

Interested in other ways the UWC can support you? Head over to our Graduate Students page to find out more about all the services available to you.

Workshop Policies

If possible, please register online for workshops that you’re interested in attending. However, drop-ins for in-person workshops are also welcome. For online workshops, we require registration in advance so we can send you the information to connect to the online meeting.

Online Workshops

Online workshops are typically held in Zoom. We may record the session so that we can later post it to our YouTube Channel. If you do not consent to being recorded, you may mute your video. The Zoom meeting ID will be mailed to all registered attendees the morning of the workshop.

Recorded Workshops

Overcoming Writing Challenges

In this workshop, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric & Writing Trish Roberts-Miller discusses some of the writing challenges for graduate students, including developing new writing processes, avoiding procrastination, and defining research questions.

Crafting a Research Story

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

Organizing Your Research with Zotero

In this one-hour workshop, the University Writing Center’s Jamie Garner will demonstrate how Zotero can make conducting research more manageable and organized. You will receive a basic overview of Zotero’s primary functions as well as some tips and tricks to make using it more efficient as you integrate it into your research process.

Metadiscourse

UWC Graduate Writing Consultant Jamie Garner reviews how to include metadiscourse in your writing to improve clarity and coherence.

Making Our Writing Accessible

Our writing can only be effective if people read it! And in this age when readers average less than 12 seconds on an email and click through websites every 20 seconds, presenting an argument in a way that encourages our readers to approach, enter, and engage our words is essential. In this interactive workshop led by UWC consultant Lynn Wills, we’ll explore ways to make our writing more accessible, from an enticing title to a satisfying conclusion.

Starting a Writing Group

Writing is easier when we face it together! This workshop reviews 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. 

Presentation Slides

Upcoming Workshop Descriptions

How to Write Effective Emails

Make your emails work for you. The University Writing Center can help. In this workshop, we’ll explore email-writing strategies that will help you get results and work effectively with your supervisors.

Publishing in Graduate 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.

Time Management for Academics

This workshop introduces strategies for starting and maintaining a work schedule, protecting your writing time, setting specific goals, and breaking large projects down into manageable components. 

Click here to view presentation slides from this event:
Clay Spinuzzi – Time Management for Academics

The Home Stretch: Workshop for Doctoral Candidates

This workshop serves as a complement to the Graduate School’s workshops, 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 and learn how the UWC can support and empower you during your final months of writing.

Previous Workshops

  • From Abstract to Script: How to Prepare An Effective Conference Presentation
  • Framing Interventions: Making Your Work Matter
  • Writing Introductions
  • Writing Conclusions
  • Reading for Moves: Understanding Abstracts and Proposals
  • Crafting Standout Presentations
  • Writing a Dissertation
  • Spring Into Summer Writing
  • Revision & Editing