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Fall 2017 Writing Workshops Schedule

Writing for Graduate School

Friday, September 15th, 10:00-11:30 AM, Room 401
This workshop is designed for incoming M.A. students, but all Gallatin M.A. students are welcome to attend. We'll tackle some of the most common dilemmas and questions students confront at the start of and during graduate study and scholarship. What are the conventions and expectations of academic writing? How do those expectations change (or don't they?) in the context of interdisciplinary work? How does one assess what is a 'given' and what needs to be explained in a scholarly essay? What are the standards for research? We'll also provide a variety of models of successful interdisciplinary scholarship. RSVP to Marnie Brady at


Reading for Graduate School

Wednesday, October 4, 10:30-12pm, 411 Lafayette, Room 440
What are the requirements of reading a text to demonstrate both comprehension and critical engagement? How does writing aid critical reading? What is the role of reading in graduate school for research and theoretical synthesis? This workshop will provide helpful tools for reading closely to write analytical and scholarly essays that may serve your broader thesis project. RSVP to Mara de Gennaro at


Using Sources

Friday, October 20, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 401
In this workshop we'll tackle some of the basic questions for how and why we cite in graduate school writing: Which style makes the most sense to employ in a course paper or thesis? What is the appropriate citation for paraphrasing versus using direct quotes? How does one cite an author citing another source? How might a certain framing of the citation emphasize your argument? Be sure to bring draft work or past writing to raise questions regarding your own use of sources. RSVP to Marnie Brady at



Wednesday, November 8, 10:30-12pm, 411 Lafayette, Conference Room 354
If a challenge of writing critical essays is establishing a dialogue with published criticism in one’s area of research, then writing interdisciplinary essays more than doubles that challenge: it requires us not only to speak to critics in at least two disciplines, but also to build a way for those critics to speak to each other, across disparate methods and interests. We’ll look at some examples of influential interdisciplinary criticism and consider what they can teach us about writing our own interdisciplinary essays. RSVP to Mara de Gennaro at


Developing the Argument: A workshop for writing in progress

Friday, December 1, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 401
Does your paper or thesis engage in a problem? What does your writing project affirm, what does your project critique? In this workshop we will discuss the relationship between the argument and your research question, and understand the role of premises and counter-arguments. RSVP to Marnie Brady at