For Graduate Students
Visit the Writing Center’s website dedicated to graduate writers at APU. The site is dedicated to demystifying the challenges of working and writing at the graduate level with helpful articles, tips, and advice. You’ll also find an entire section designed to make the dissertation process as smooth and painless as possible, and links to some great writing resources and recordings of our workshops. You can also read some great tips from our writing coaches on our blog.
The following workshops have been recorded and are available on the Graduate Writing page:
Doctoral Workshop: Planning Your Dissertation
This online workshop focuses on how to efficiently craft and write a doctoral dissertation. It is primarily aimed at second- and third-year doctoral students who have completed substantial coursework in their program but have not yet completed their qualifying exams or drafted a dissertation proposal/prospectus. It will provide a brief overview of the candidacy and dissertation writing processes, offer tips on conducting preliminary research and discussing topics with doctoral advisors, and conclude with suggestions for effective note-taking and management of dissertation-related information.
Doctoral Workshop: Proposal Writing
This online workshop is primarily aimed at doctoral students who have completed their primary coursework and are writing or preparing to write their dissertation proposal. It will include an overview of the general structure of the proposal, proposal-specific writing tips, and an overview of related resources at APU. Approximately half of the workshop time is allocated for answering student questions.
Schedule Writing into Your Busy Life
Learn how to schedule writing into your day with realistic and regular goals that will cut down on procrastination and eliminate that persistent feeling of guilt. By allowing time to work through the writing process, you will create better arguments with stronger and smoother prose and eliminate the majority of your sentence-level errors. We will also cover how to use your Google Calendar (free with your APU or any Gmail account) to schedule writing, set tasks, receive reminders and alerts, and get a handle on your complicated life. Bring a laptop or tablet, if possible.
How to Become a Productive Writer
Writing is a major part of any master’s or doctoral program, as well as most careers. In this workshop, you will learn how to brave the blank page with practical brainstorming and drafting strategies that will help you start confidently. We will also discuss tips and tools to help you become a productive writer who works quickly and without self-censorship. Write that major paper. Finish your dissertation. We can help.
Revision Strategies for Graduate Students and Working Professionals
In this workshop, we will cover several strategies for revising with an eye toward organization and transitions, editing in order to make your prose sound better, and proofreading to catch sentence-level errors. Discussion topics will range from small projects such as emails and cover letters to articles and dissertation chapters. We will also cover the 10 most common writing errors, so you will know what to look for when proofreading. Come gain tools that you will use throughout the rest of your education and career.