Writing Persuasive Personal Statements


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  • Speaker: Shelley Manis
  • Host Department: Sweetland Center for Writing
  • Date: 01/29/2014
  • Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM

  • Location: Rackham Building, Earl Lewis Room (Third Floor)

  • Description:

    This session considers personal statements as a form of argument and focuses on their underlying rhetoric. The workshop will:

    • Review examples of calls for proposals and decode their language to see more clearly how  best to respond
    • Construct general principles about audiences for statements of purpose and how to write to meet their needs
    • Offer tips on easy ways of preparing to write and enrich the statement
    • Share exercises on how to conceive of the statement as an argument
    • Consider what U-M statistics say about why proposals are rejected
    • Review a list of things (and words) to avoid in statements of purpose

    This workshop will be useful for any graduate student applying for fellowships, grants, or other opportunities whose applications require some form of statement of purpose. It will not address how to identify grant or fellowship opportunities. The session is co-sponsored by Rackham and Sweetland Center for Writing.

    Pre-registration is required at https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wssel.php

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