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Workshops, Retreats, and Write-Ins

The Graduate School 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 Graduate Writing Initiatives, with questions.

We offer:


Tuesday Brown Bag Series on Oral Communication

Tuesdays, 12-1:30pm, 5100B McKeldin

Join us every Tuesday for a weekly workshop on Oral Communication.  Subscribe to the calendar on this web page for more details!

Sept.11: Making Messages Memorable: How to Give Standout Speeches

Sept.18: Adapting Presentations to Non-Specialists in Your Field

Sept.25: Engaging Through PowerPoint: Strategies for Successful Visual Presentations

Oct. 2: Ummmmpossible Speeches: Dropping Verbal Fillers

Oct. 9: Gesturing Towards Success: Persuasive Nonverbal Delivery

Oct.16: Interviewing in Every Context: Presenting Your Best Self

Oct. 23: The Academic Job Talk: How to Handle Job Market Presentations

Oct. 30: Tell Us a Story: The Value of Narratives in Every Speech Setting

Nov. 6: Oh Captain My Captain: Giving Successful Teaching Demonstrations

Nov. 13: What are You Doing in Grad School?: Explaining and Justifying Your Scholarship

Nov. 27: Make Them Laugh: The Value of Humor in Communication

Dec. 4: Networking: Interpersonal Communication Strategies


Wednesday Brown Bag Series on Writing

Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm, 5100B McKeldin

Join us every Wednesday for a weekly workshop on Writing.  Subscribe to the calendar on this web page for more details!

Sept.12:  Writing Well with Others: An Introduction to Writing Groups.

Sept.19:  Academic Writing at the Graduate Level Series:   Exploring Academic Genres

Sept.26:  Academic Writing at the Graduate Level Series:  Effective Reading in Graduate School

Oct. 3:  Academic writing at the Graduate Level Series: Finding Textual Mentors

Oct. 10:  Academic writing at the Graduate Level Series: Prewriting Strategies

Oct. 17:  Academic writing at the Graduate Level Series: How Do I Explain This?

Oct. 24:  Academic writing at the Graduate Level Series:  Writing for Reader Expectations

Oct. 31:  Telling a Story with Your Research:  Using Narrative Techniques in Your Academic Writing

Nov.7:  Your Dissertation Proposal:  What IS This Writing Situation?

Nov. 14:  Writing Collaboratively:  How to Write a Text with Others

Nov. 28:  I Wrote It, Now What?  Tools for Revision

Dec. 5  :I Wrote It, Now What?  Tools for Revision


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


How to Write a Literature Review: An Introduction to Writing and Research in Graduate School

Monday, October 1, 2-4pm,  6137 McKeldin.  Register here.
Thursday, October 4, 10am-12pm, 6137 McKeldin.  Register here.

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.

Dissertation Retreats

January 14-17, 10am-4pm daily
To apply, click here. Applications will be accepted until December 18 or until the retreat is full, whichever comes first. 

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.

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


Grant Geography: Finding, Writing, and Submitting Successful Grant Applications

Tuesday, October 23, 2-3:30pm
Wednesday, October 24, 2-3:30pm
Monday, October 29, 3-4:30pm
2124 Lee
Registration will open in early October
This event will provide students with several tools for finding funding opportunities and guidance on how to frame your research in a grant application. Participants should bring a rough draft of their project summaries for this hands-on workshop.

Applying for Graduate School Fellowships  

Tuesday, December 4, 10:00am-12pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2-4:00pm
Thursday, December 6, 4-6:00pm
2124 Lee
Register here.
Graduate students interested in applying for one of the Graduate School’s competitive Fellowships and Awards are invited to attend this workshop to receive guidance and advice on how to write successful proposals. Participants are asked to bring a draft of their dissertation abstract and/or their one-page student statement.


Contact Information

Graduate School Writing Center

5100B McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742

Fall Drop-In Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-3:00pm
Fall Write-In Hours (Beginning September 7): Friday, 1:00-4:00pm, McKeldin 4123 

Upcoming Events: