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Graduate Writing Workshops

Fall 2021 Writing Workshops for Gallatin M. A. Students

Writing for Graduate School
Pick the workshop section that’s best for you:

a) Writing in the Arts and Humanities
Thursday, September 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom ID 570 753 9225 |
RSVP to Mara de Gennaro at

b) Writing in the Social Sciences
Friday, September 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Via Zoom ID 833 696 1350 |
RSVP to Marnie Brady at

These two kick-off workshops are designed for incoming M.A. students, but all Gallatin
M.A. students are welcome to attend. We'll address some of the most common dilemmas
and questions students confront at the start of and during graduate study. 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


From Chaos to Coherence
Friday, October 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m
Via Zoom ID 833 696 1350 |
If you are currently working through your thesis revisions or struggling to finish a paper,
this workshop is for you! We will walk through the “tips of the trade” for greater
organization in the writing process and purposeful revision, including how to seek and
incorporate meaningful feedback from faculty and peers. RSVP to Marnie Brady at


Reading for Graduate School
Thursday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom ID 570 753 9225 |
How do we read both carefully and efficiently when faced with many complex reading
assignments and critical sources? What are the requirements of reading a text to
demonstrate both comprehension and critical engagement? In what ways can critical
writing improve our habits of reading? RSVP to Mara de Gennaro at

Synthesis and Sources
Friday, November 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m
Via Zoom ID 833 696 1350 |
In this workshop we'll take a look at exemplary “literature reviews” to identify how
writers connect with a community of discourse, build from existing scholarly
conversations, extend those conversations, and intervene. We’ll also 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


Being Interdisciplinary
Thursday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom ID 570 753 9225 |
If a challenge of writing critical essays is establishing a dialogue with published criticism
in an 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