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Workshops, Retreats, and Write-Ins

The Graduate Writing Center offers many workshops, of varying length, to support graduate students with their writing. All workshops are open to enrolled University of Maryland graduate students free of charge. Please see the Events section for the current workshop schedule. 

We welcome suggestions for workshops and will design and provide programs for specific departmental needs upon request. Please contact Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Academic and Professional Development, with questions.

This fall (2019), we will offer:

Thesis & Dissertation Retreat, Oct. 25 (4-8pm), Oct. 26 (10-4pm), and Oct. 27 (12-4pm)

To apply, click here

The Thesis & Dissertation Retreat will afford participants time to write along with opportunities for one-on-one writing consultations with Writing Fellows and presentations about topics such as setting goals and structuring writing time. Participants must have an approved prospectus or thesis topic and must commit to attending each day. Please contact with any questions.

The retreat is limited to 25 students. A $40 fee (to cover meals and refreshments) will be required to secure a place.

Weekly Write-Ins

Fridays, 1 - 4pm

Writing regularly and with a sense of support contributes to accomplishing writing goals. You can join your graduate and postdoctoral colleagues every Friday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in 4123 McKeldin for structured time to write. All graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are welcome.

Sign in with your writing goal and/or writing question, grab a cup of something caffeinated, and we’ll begin with a short (less than 15-minute) presentation on some aspect of research or writing. Then, settle in to writing. Fellows from the Graduate School Writing Center will be available to offer support in brief, one-on-one consultations. On the first Friday of each month, librarians from the Research Commons will offer a Research Write-In, featuring brief presentations about various relevant issues in research. 

Space is limited, so advanced registration for each session is encouraged (but never required). You can register through our online scheduling system.


This fall, the Graduate School Writing Center will offer two series of drop-in workshops, one focused on oral communication and one focused on writing. Beginning September 10,  join us Tuesdays from 12-1:30.

Oral Communication Lunctime Series 

September 17:  Crafting a Successful Speech, Week 1: Knowing your audience

October 1: Crafting a Successful Speech, Week 2: Appealing to your audience

October 15: Crafting a Successful Speech, Week 3: Keeping your audience

October 29: Delivering a Successful Speech, Week 1: The Ummmpossible Task

November 12: Delivering a Successful Speech, Week 2: Picture This: Creating Successful PowerPoint Presentations

December 3: Delivering a Successful Speech,Week 3: Yes, And: The Value of Adaptation and Improv in Communication Practice


Graduate Writing Lunchtime Series

September 10: Reading in Graduate School

September 24: Playing with Writing:  Words!

October 8: Playing with Writing:  Sentences!

October 22: Playing with Writing:  Ways to Write!

November 11: Play with Writing:  What’s the Story?

November 19: I Wrote a Draft, Now What?  Revision Practices


Want to Give a GradTerp Exchange Talk Monthly Prep Session

Interested in giving a talk at our monthly GradTerp Exchange – or just learning how to offer a talk for an audience outside your discipline? At this workshop, we’ll talk about using narrative, humor, strong visuals, and other features of a great talk for a broad audience, and you will have the chance to experiment with ideas and techniques and get feedback from your peers and fellows from the Graduate School Writing Center.

2122 Lee  Click here to register

Wednesday, September 11, 2-3:30

Monday, October 7, 11-12:30

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2-3:30pm


Writing for Broader Audiences Writing Series 

Fridays, 12-1:30,  September 27, October 4,  October 11; repeats Wednesdays, 11:30-1, October 30, November 6, November 13

2124 Lee

Space is limited; please register here. Questions?  Contact Dr. Linda Macri

You research and write about work in your discipline, but do you want the knowledge you create to be confined to audiences in your field—or do you want to reach broader audiences and have a broader impact?  If you plan a career in academia, there is increasing demand to communicate research beyond disciplinary borders, and if you are considering a career outside of academia, the ability to communicate your research and why it matters is a crucial skill.  This workshop series will offer guidance on how to write for broader audiences (interdisciplinary, general public, the under-18 crowd) and across multiple media (blogs, tweets).  Time will be spent during each session writing and reviewing with peers.  Participants should plan to come to the first meeting with notes and ideas. 


How to Write a Literature Review: An Introduction to Writing and Research in Graduate School (Fall 2019)

Thursday, October 3, 12-2pm, 6107 McKeldin.

New to research at the graduate level or just need a refresher? Not sure how to move from research to writing? Join us for this workshop, offered in conjunction with librarians from the Research Commons, focusing on entering an academic conversation through research and writing. The workshop will cover graduate-specific library privileges, effective research and citation practices, writing from sources, and a general introduction to the literature review process.

The slides from February 2018 are available here.


Improv to Improve Communication In & Beyond the Classroom (TLTC 699A)

Looking for ways to improve how you teach, how you collaborate with other, how you communicate your research?  In this one-credit course, you’ll learn how the basic principles of improv can help you improve how you communicate in a variety of settings.  Open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Class runs Mondays from 1:30-3pm, September 9-November 11 

View the syllabus here

October 22

Playing with Writing:  Ways to Write!

There’s more than one way to compose your writing. At this workshop, we’ll play with ways of composing and ways of creating paragraphs.

November 11

Play with Writing:  What’s the Story?

Good academic writing should have a story, but sometimes it can be hard to create.  At this workshop, we’ll explore ways to make writing more narrative.

November 19

I Wrote a Draft, Now What?  Revision Practices

It’s getting close to the due date for that assignment. . . you have a draft, but how do you revise it?  Come explore revision techniques at this workshop.


Contact Information

Graduate School Writing Center

5100B McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742

Summer Drop-In Hours: Thursdays, 12:00-3:00pm

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