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.
- Tuesday Brown Bag Series on Oral Communication
- Wednesday Brown Bag Series on Writing
- Weekly Write-Ins
- How to Write a Literature Review: An Introduction to Writing and Research in Graduate School
- Dissertation Retreats
- Grant Geography: Finding, Writing, and Submitting Successful Grant Applications
- Applying for Graduate School Fellowships
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
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
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.
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.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.
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. 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.