ABD to PhD Writing Workshops

You’ve made it through all of your courses, comprehensive exams, the dissertation prospectus, and the majority, if not all, of your research. You’re finally an all-but-dissertated (ABD) doctoral student! The only thing that remains is to write the dissertation. That’s where the ABD to PhD writing workshops come in.

The ABD to PHD Workshops are designed and facilitated by experienced writing professionals from across campus. They provide writing support for ABD students, an opportunity to discuss shared concerns about the dissertation process, and introduce strategies to facilitate writing. Each semester the series has three workshops with topics that address dissertation writing for ABD students at the beginning, middle, or end of the writing process.

Why should you attend the ABD to PhD Workshops?

  • Learn new skills and strategies
  • Refresh your knowledge of effective writing practices
  • Be surrounded by other ABD students focused on dissertation writing
  • FREE, with options to attend in-person or remotely via Zoom. Please know that in-person seats are reserved for ABD students, however, all other students and postdocs may attend online via Zoom.
  • Light refreshments, snacks, and pens and paper are provided

Getting started is simple

  1. Check out the calendar of workshops and topics in the following section
  2. RSVP online. Registration is required and in-person seats are limited.
  3. Show up with your questions and writing ready to go

 

Schedule

Spring 2019

Thursday, January 31, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4, 1600 E 1st Street (SE corner of 1st and Cherry)

Topic: Literature Review 2.0: Synthesizing Information

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/2VVeG5O
  • Description: In this workshop, we will discuss how to synthesize information gathered from secondary sources, including how and when to paraphrase and use direct quotations.

Thursday, February 28, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4, 1600 E 1st Street (SE corner of 1st and Cherry)

Topic: Sentence Fluency

UPDATED 2/8/19 with new date: NOW Thursday, April 4, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4, 1600 E 1st Street (SE corner of 1st and Cherry)

Topic: Writing In-depth Analysis to Support Your Research

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/2TQO18s
  • Description: In this workshop, we will discuss how to write thoughtful and relevant interpretations of data and findings.

 

Fall 2018

All sessions are held in the Graduate Center, located at 1600 E 1st Street. It is the one-story pink building on the southeast corner of 1st Street and Cherry Avenue.

Thursday, September 13, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4

Topic: Effective Planning and Working with Faculty

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/abd2phd-sept2018 
  • Description: In this workshop for ABD students, we will address common concerns that affect the writing process, including communicating effectively with faculty, managing the dissertation process timeline, and maximizing campus resources for graduate students.

Thursday, October 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4

Topic: Literature Review 1.0: Dissertation Edition

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/abd2phd-oct2018
  • Description: In this workshop for ABD students, we will discuss literature reviews and how to include them effectively in various dissertation formats. We will explore ways to organize and connect secondary sources, share examples from multiple disciplines, and practice some basic organizational exercises. This workshop is intended for students new to or struggling with the process of writing a literature review.

Thursday, November 8, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4

Topic: Avoiding Wordiness in Academic Writing

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/abd2phd-nov2018
  • Description: In this workshop for ABD students, we will explore ways to identify and fix common causes of sentence-level wordiness. Please bring a short sample of your writing (either hardcopy or on a laptop) with you to this workshop.

 

The ABD to PhD Writing Workshops are made possible by:

Last updated 27 Feb 2019