Graduate Course Description

Dissertation Writing Workshop

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Monday - 1:10 p.m.
MU 107

Dissertation Writing Workshop

Emily Bartels 

Writing is thinking. This workshop will help dissertation writers work on your thinking by concentrating on your writing. We will look closely at the different powers and resonances of words, the function and construction of sentences, the coherence and organization of paragraphs, the progression and glue of the argument, and the integration of context, close reading, and criticism. We will pay attention to process: what helps us navigate those dreary days when our internal muses fail us? And we will experiment with strategies for amplifying the creativity, individuality, and persuasiveness of your voice. From week to week, what we do will depend on what you do: your weekly writing samples (of 1-2 paragraphs) will determine where you need and we need to focus. Participants should come to the workshop with a chapter in mind (not necessarily yet in draft) – and with a preliminary sense of the texts, questions, and research the chapter will cover. Please come to the first class with a paragraph that takes on some piece – any piece – of the chapter.