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Effective Writing “Moves” for Research Articles

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

*This event is now offered via Zoom only*

This Zoom event is free for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff! A Zoom link will be provided the day before the event.


Join us for a close look at—and practice with—several effective writing “moves” to employ in your research papers, thesis or dissertation chapters, and research reports for coursework. First, you’ll complete a diagnostic of a published article and your draft, using a checklist adapted from Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (Swales and Feak, 2012), to identify passages in your draft to target for revision. Then, in small groups of peer participants (in person and in Zoom breakout rooms), you’ll discuss the moves each of you found in your article to create a corpus of phrases and structures appropriate for you to use in your current and future writing. Lastly, you’ll work individually to revise your writing using the new tools, or moves, with the support of peers and consultants from the Graduate Writing Center (within breakout rooms on Zoom chat) to guide your progress. Participants must come to the workshop with a draft of an original writing project-in-progress and a published article they admire from a relevant journal to serve as a model.


Facilitators: Writing Program Instructors Melanie Thongs & Amy Whitcomb


February 16
11:00 am - 1:00 pm