WRITING 630

Advanced Writing for Graduate Students

This writing course, offered during the winter term, is designed for graduate students who have made significant progress in their degree program and are thinking ahead to larger, ongoing writing projects: a prospectus, conference paper, article, or groundwork for a dissertation. The first four 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 second four weeks you will share portions of your work, in class, for peer review and discussion. This course will focus on material you are already working on. The remainder of the course will be 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 non-native speakers of English. Permission of the Sweetland Center for Writing is required.

Check back in the Fall for the application deadline for the Winter 2015 term.  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