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Workshops, Retreats, and Write-Ins

The Graduate Writing Center offers many workshops to support graduate students with their writing. All workshops are open to enrolled University of Maryland graduate students free of charge. We also welcome suggestions for workshops and will design and provide programs for specific disciplinary needs upon request. Please contact Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Academic and Professional Development, with questions or suggestions.

For Spring 2022, the Graduate School Writing Center will offer the following:  

Literature Review Series 

Join the Graduate School Writing Center and the Libraries for a series of workshops focusing on the literature review process and the connection between writing and reading in your research.  Students are invited to participate in any of these workshops; though offered as a series, it’s not necessary to participate in each workshop. Workshops will be offered virtually.

Understanding the Literature Review -- February 15, 12:30-1:30pm, via zoom; Register here

New to research writing at the graduate level, or getting ready to write your first literature review?  Not sure how to start the process of a literature review?  Join us for this workshop to understand the fundamentals of a literature review. 

Searching for sources -- February 22, 12:30-1:30pm, via zoom; Register here 

How do you run an efficient and effective search when looking for sources and citations for a literature review or other research project? Join us to learn about how to frame and conduct your search on databases and search engines, and get a brief introduction to citation managers.

Reading and Note Taking for Your Literature Review -- March 1, 12:30-1:30pm, via zoom; Register here 

You’ve collected your articles—now you have to read them! Join us to learn more about reading for writing, effective note taking, and writing brief summaries for the literature review process.

Equitable Citation Practice -- January 26, 1pm-2pm -  Register here 

Journals are increasingly inviting diversity statements for articles; a collective statement published recently tells us bluntly, “It's simple: Cite Black Women”  (Smith, Williams, Wadud, Pirtle,  & Cite Black Women Collective 2021). Join us for this workshop to learn how to build a more equitable citation practice in your research, for your literature review and beyond.

Write Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks 

Begins week of Jan 31 and runs through the semester -- Register here

Need to get started on publishing elements of your dissertation? Do you have research waiting to be “written up” but struggle to make the time to write? Do you have an article that needs to be reconfigured for a new journal, or with new data? Join other doctoral and postdoctoral scholars this semester and complete the article as part of a community of writers. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Graduate School Writing Center are sponsoring this twelve week writing series, using Wendy L. Belcher’s well-known Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, as a guide for the summer.

This will be a guided but asynchronous series. The series will be organized through ELMS, with participants in writing groups for accountability and peer review. To the extent possible, participants will be organized into writing groups along disciplinary lines. Each week, you'll receive guidance about tasks for the week and you'll meet with your writing group for a check-in and peer review (day and time to be determined by the group members). We suggest, but don't require, that you have a copy of the book.

Questions? Contact Linda Macri (

Sentences, Structure, and Style Series 

Your research is humming along, and your ideas are smart.  But getting it all into words can lead to many frustrations. Are my paragraphs too long? How do I structure a good introduction? When do I choose to use a semicolon? In this series, we’ll look at texts across disciplines and consider some elements of structure, syntax, and grammar each week.  The intent of the series is to consider how we can shape language to create the effects we want, whether those effects are clarity, detail, depth, or something else.  The series will be held on Tuesdays at 4pm via zoom. 

Feb. 8 -- Sentence Style and Syntax  Register here

Feb. 15 -- Commas, Semicolons, and Periods, oh my! Effective Punctuation  Register here

Feb. 22 -- Writing Paragraphs Register here 

March 1 -- Structuring Introductions Register here 

March 8 -- Active Voice, Passive Voice:  Why both are right Register here 

March 15 -- Transition and Coherence Across Paragraphs Register here 

March 29 -- Drafting, Revising, Editing: Deciding What to do When Register here

Formatting Fridays

You thought writing your thesis or dissertation was a challenge? Wait until you have to format it!  Better yet, don’t wait!  Instead, join us for a Formatting Friday to learn about what you need to do to format your thesis or dissertation for submission to ProQuest.  No registration for these drop-in sessions; just bring your document and your questions.

Weekly Write-Ins

Virtual Write-Ins are back for Spring 2022! Join us each Friday Morning from 9-11am EDT: (advance registration is not required--click on that link to join).

Writing regularly and with a sense of support contributes to accomplishing writing goals. You can join your graduate and postdoctoral colleagues every Friday morning for structured time to write. All graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are welcome. Sign in with your writing goal and/or writing question, use the "pomodoro method" to structure two hours of writing time. Fellows from the Graduate School Writing Center will be available to offer support in brief, one-on-one consultations

Spring Break Retreat 

Join us March 23-25 for a Thesis & Dissertation Writing Retreat.  This will be a hybrid retreat; details about an in-person location will be coming in March, once we have a clearer picture of public health guidance. Register here

GradTerp Exchange Preparation Workshop

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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.


Contact Information

Graduate School Writing Center

5100B McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742

Spring Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-3:00pm

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