Advanced Writing for Graduate Students

This writing course is designed for graduate students who have made significant progress in their degree programs and are thinking about larger, ongoing writing projects: a prospectus, a conference paper, an article for publication, or a specific dissertation chapter. Writing 630 targets projects that are as essential to a graduate student’s success, but are not necessarily limited to the dissertation.

The first five weeks will be spent in a traditional discussion forum, reviewing the basics of clear academic writing and of the demands of writing in graduate school. Topics will include argumentation, drafting, revision, grammar, audience, tone, and incorporating sources. During the next four to five weeks you will share portions of your work, in class, for peer review and discussion. These meetings will focus on the materials you have been working on during the semester. The course will then progress to individual conferences with the instructor to discuss the results of the peer reviews and their application to your work.

This course is not designed to provide intensive language study for multilingual speakers.

Class time will be Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Central Campus. Permission of the Sweetland Center for Writing is required to register.

To apply, please complete a hard copy of the application form and return it along with 5 pages of academic writing (excerpts from longer works are welcome) to Laura Schuyler, Sweetland Center for Writing, 1310 North Quad, 1285. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

Applications for Winter 2016 are due November 30. Please contact Laura Schuyler if you have any questions.

Writing 630 Course Goals

Overarching goal: Students will develop and practice appropriate graduate-level writing strategies for academic research and professional development.

Goal: To develop an effective and sustainable writing practice.

  • Develop effective drafting practices
  • Develop strategies for engaging in substantive, independent revision
  • Begin developing an identity as an academic writer

Goal: To review the genre expectations of graduate-level writing in specific disciplines.

  • Develop an awareness of audience expectations and rhetorically effective tone
  • Generate appropriate argumentation strategies
  • Engage with source material as part of an academic conversation

Goal: To consult with other writers during the writing process.

  • Collaborate in a workshop format
  • Solicit and respond to feedback
  • Provide effective feedback to other writers