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Workshops and Writing Groups

The Writing Studio is proud to introduce a new, online Writing Workshop Series, open to all Vanderbilt students, as well as new weekly writing group options for both graduate students and undergraduates. Below you can register for or find out more about both the workshops and writing groups.

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Quick Navigation of Workshop and Group Offerings


 

Spring 2021 Writing Workshop Series

Application Essay Essentials

Wednesday, January 13th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Join us at the Writing Studio for a workshop focused on navigating the challenges of composing an application essay. We will explore what an application essay should be aiming to accomplish and consider what application reviewers hope to learn about you in reading it. As we will discuss, not all application essay prompts are the same, so we will be thinking broadly about different kinds of applications. Whatever your particular focus, you will leave this workshop with strategies for how to share your story with readers in an impactful, memorable way, whether you are just getting started or well on your way to a finished application.

 

Tackling Extended Writing Projects

Thursday, January 28th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Need help getting started or making progress on your extended writing project? Join us for a virtual workshop where you will learn the tools and strategies you need to set realistic goals, effectively manage your project, overcome writing roadblocks, and more.

This workshop is best suited for those working on extended writing projects during the spring semester – senior projects, honors theses, etc. It could also be beneficial to graduate students working on extended writing projects for the first time.

 

Transitioning to College Writing

Monday, February 1st, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

What do college professors expect from writing? This workshop will discuss the conventions and expectations of academic writing and provide tools for understanding the various kinds of writing you will be asked to do across your college courses.

This workshop is best suited for first year undergraduate students.

 

Editing Tools: Practical Approaches to Revising at the Sentence Level

Monday, February 8th, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Sitting down to edit a long project can be daunting. Where do you begin? And how can you get a fresh perspective on a project you’ve been working on for so long? In this workshop we’ll practice strategies for breaking the editing process down into a set of manageable tasks using checklists.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone looking to improve their approach to sentence level revisions, but especially for those working on editing larger projects.

 

Transitioning to College Writing

Thursday, February 18th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

What do college professors expect from writing? This workshop will discuss the conventions and expectations of academic writing and provide tools for understanding the various kinds of writing you will be asked to do across your college courses.

This workshop is best suited for first year undergraduate students.

 

Brainstorming

Monday, February 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Ever have a difficult time getting started writing? This workshop will help you find traction and focus during the brainstorming phase of writing. We’ll work through several exercises designed to help you generate new ideas and then sharpen and develop the most promising.

This workshop is appropriate for any writer, but will be most helpful to students who are actively working on generating ideas for a current writing project.

 

Revision Strategies 101

Monday, March 1st, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

So you have a rough draft – now what? This workshop will equip you with tools to revise a paper you’ve already drafted, focusing on large-scale revisions to strengthen your argument, analysis, and structure.

This workshop is best suited for students who have drafts of essays to revise, whether for current courses or from past projects.

 

Establishing a Healthy Writing Practice

Thursday, March 11th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Do you feel overwhelmed or anxious when tasked with a writing assignment? Come explore how to create effective writing habits and get to the root of your anxiety by developing a healthy understanding of what it means to write and write well.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who would like to develop or improve strategies for dealing with writing anxiety.

 

Brainstorming

Thursday, March 18th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Ever have a difficult time getting started writing? This workshop will help you find traction and focus during the brainstorming phase of writing. We’ll work through several exercises designed to help you generate new ideas and then sharpen and develop the most promising.

This workshop is appropriate for any writer, but will be most helpful to students who are actively working on generating ideas for a current writing project.

 

Revision Strategies 201: Tools for Reorganizing Large Projects

Monday, March 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Are you working on a longer piece, such as a prospectus or a dissertation chapter? Do you know that your project needs to be reorganized? Are you unsure how to begin large-scale structural revisions? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will become familiar with and begin to practice the concrete strategies of reverse outlining, notecarding, re-outlining, and cutting-and-pasting. This workshop also allows each participant the opportunity to step away from the screen and work with a hard copy of their project.

This workshop is best suited for graduate students working on longer writing projects, such as dissertation chapters. It may also be appropriate for undergraduate seniors working on advanced drafts of senior projects, honors theses, and similar. All participants will need a draft to reorganize/revise.

 

Editing Tools: Practical Approaches to Revising at the Sentence Level

Monday, March 29th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Sitting down to edit a long project can be daunting. Where do you begin? And how can you get a fresh perspective on a project you’ve been working on for so long? In this workshop we’ll practice strategies for breaking the editing process down into a set of manageable tasks using checklists.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone looking to improve their approach to sentence-level revisions, but especially for those working on editing larger projects.

 

Revision Strategies 101

Thursday, April 8th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

So you have a rough draft – now what? This workshop will equip you with tools to revise a paper you’ve already drafted, focusing on large-scale revisions to strengthen your argument, analysis, and structure.

This workshop is best suited for students who have drafts of essays to revise, whether for current courses or from past projects.

 

Application Essay Essentials

Monday, April 12th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Join us at the Writing Studio for a workshop focused on navigating the challenges of composing an application essay. We will explore what an application essay should be aiming to accomplish and consider what application reviewers hope to learn about you in reading it. As we will discuss, not all application essay prompts are the same, so we will be thinking broadly about different kinds of applications. Whatever your particular focus, you will leave this workshop with strategies for how to share your story with readers in an impactful, memorable way, whether you are just getting started or well on your way to a finished application.

 

Revision Strategies 101

Thursday, April 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

So you have a rough draft – now what? This workshop will equip you with tools to revise a paper you’ve already drafted, focusing on large-scale revisions to strengthen your argument, analysis, and structure.

This workshop is best suited for students who have drafts of essays to revise, whether for current courses or from past projects.

 

Summer 2021 Writing Groups

Graduate Writing Groups

This summer, the Writing Studio will offer weekly writing groups for graduate students and postdocs on Monday afternoons 2-5 and Friday mornings 9-12. Participants are welcome to attend one or both days and are encouraged to commit to attending each week of the summer session. During each weekly meeting, participants share their writing goals at the beginning of the session then check in again toward the end to share their progress. A Writing Studio facilitator is available on Zoom throughout to provide an additional sense of community and accountability. To participate, please complete the registration form. Questions? Please contact simone.mccarter@vanderbilt.edu.

In addition to weekly graduate writing groups, the Writing Studio offers support for graduate students interested in creating feedback-oriented writing groups. Although not required, peer review groups tend to work best when they are discipline-specific. If you are interested in creating a peer review group, please contact beth.a.estes@vanderbilt.edu for more information.