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Spring 2018 Writing Workshops Schedule

Grammar, Thursday, February 22, 5-6pm, Room 620

In this workshop we'll address the elephant that sometimes lurks in the corner of the writing room: grammar. Our approach will be multi-pronged. First, we'll look at some of the most common categories of grammatical confusion and error that can crop up in academic writing. Second, we'll address the ways anxiety about writing and rule-breaking can hinder our own best work. And finally, we'll talk about strategies for becoming one's own editor: how to be both the writer who makes errors and the reader who can catch and correct them. RSVP to Marnie Brady at

Introductions & Conclusions, Tuesday, March 20, 5-6pm, Room 601

Must we always bookend the body of our writing with introductions and conclusions? What conventional and experimental forms provide examples of effective beginnings and ends for academic writing? In this workshop, learn introduction techniques to allure and guide the reader through your thinking process; consider how your conclusion might reassert purpose and provide closure while also addressing tensions in the scope of your work. Bring your own writing excerpts (with or without developed introductions and conclusions!) to resolve dilemmas in your current writing project. RSVP to Marnie Brady at

Developing the Argument, Wednesday, March 28, 4-5pm, Room 620

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 Mara de Gennaro at

Revising the Thesis, Wednesday, April 11, 4-5pm, Room 620

Why revise? And how do you know what to revise?
Revision is much more than making minor refinements and doing last-minute
proofreading. This workshop offers strategies for revising your work productively, with a focus on improving critical essays in terms of their logical development, presentation of evidence, and rhetorical power. We will pay particular attention to common challenges of writing and revising masters theses. RSVP to Mara de Gennaro at