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Professional Writing: Writing Academic Papers

November 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Audience:Current Students

This module aims to demystify key aspects of academic writing. We will explore both the established conventions of academic writing and the methods authors use to write creatively within those constraints. Our discussion will revolve around the following four levels: sentence, paragraph, structure, and positioning one’s own contribution to research. Participants will also be able to bring up related subjects if they wish to do so.

This module is comprised of two 90-minute sessions. In Session 1, we will discuss the reading material. During this session, we will focus on understanding and critiquing the writing principles and advice presented in the readings. At the end of this session, participants will be asked to compose a short text to be circulated to the entire group in anticipation of session 2 which will focus on critiquing the writing samples. All participants are expected to discuss the writing samples’ strengths and possible areas of improvement.

Session 1 will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 1-2:30 p.m.

Session 2 will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 1-2:30 p.m.

Please note that you will be asked to write two paragraphs (300-500 words) in which you use a research source to formulate a critical position.

All graduate students and postdocs are welcome. If you are working as a TA, this session counts toward voluntary paid training hours, provided that you are working as a TA in the term when the training takes place.


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