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Upcoming Dissertation/Prospectus Boot Camps

In partnership with the Laney Graduate School, the Woodruff Library Outreach and Education Committee, and the Graduate Writing Support Services, the Emory Writing Center is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Dissertation/Prospectus Writing Boot Camps. For more information and to register, please follow the links below. Spaces fill up quickly, so register today!

Dissertation/Prospectus Writing Boot Camp
http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 11:30am-7:30pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation/Prospectus Boot Camp is an opportunity for advanced graduate students to work on a prospectus, article, dissertation chapter, or other large writing project for a full eight-hour day without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Sunday, September 20th from 11:30AM to 7:30PM actively engaging with their writing project. Located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, the Boot Camp provides opportunities for attendees to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Services, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because a free meal is provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate in the full day Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation/Prospectus Writing Boot Camp
http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00am-6:00pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation/Prospectus Boot Camp is an opportunity for advanced graduate students to work on a prospectus, article, dissertation chapter, or other large writing project for a full eight-hour day without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday, October 3 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM actively engaging with their writing project. Located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, the Boot Camp provides opportunities for attendees to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Services, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because a free meal is provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate in the full day Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation Writing Boot Camp
http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00am-6:00pm &
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11:30am-7:30pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation Boot Camp is an opportunity for dissertators to work on their project for an entire weekend without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday, November 14, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, November 15, 11:30AM to 7:30PM actively engaging with their dissertation. Located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, the Boot Camp provides opportunities for attendees to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Services, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because a free meal is provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate fully in both days of the Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation/Prospectus Writing Boot Camp
http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10:00am-6:00pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation/Prospectus Boot Camp is an opportunity for advanced graduate students to work on a prospectus, article, dissertation chapter, or other large writing project for a full eight-hour day without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday, February 13 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM actively engaging with their writing project. Located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, the Boot Camp provides opportunities for attendees to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Services, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because a free meal is provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate in the full day Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation Writing Boot Camp
http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html
Friday, March 18, 2016, 10:00am-6:00pm &
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00am-6:00pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation/Prospectus Boot Camp is an opportunity for dissertators to work on their project for an entire weekend without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Friday, March 18 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday, March 19, 10:00AM to 6:00PM actively engaging with their dissertation. Located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, the Boot Camp provides opportunities for attendees to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Services, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because a free meal is provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate fully in both days of the Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation/Prospectus Writing Boot Camp
http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10:00am-6:00pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation/Prospectus Boot Camp is an opportunity for advanced graduate students to work on a prospectus, article, dissertation chapter, or other large writing project for a full eight-hour day without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday, April 2 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM actively engaging with their writing project. Located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, the Boot Camp provides opportunities for attendees to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Services, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because a free meal is provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate in the full day Writing Boot Camp.

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Final 14 Library Satellite Hours

The Emory Writing Center is ready to help you with your final writing projects.

From April 20th to April 30th, the Writing Center is open for the final fourteen days of the semester. In addition to our usual appointments at the Writing Center, we will host hours at our satellite in Woodruff Library Monday through Thursday 7-10 PM.

These sessions are first-come, first-serve, and will last a half-hour. Please bring a hard copy of your paper materials or, if working on a digital project, your laptop. For the full guidelines, see here.


EWC Application Deadlines Approach

If you would like to work for the Emory Writing Center, there’s still time to submit an application.

Graduate fellow applications are due on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, by 5 PM.  The full graduate fellow announcement can be found here. Be sure to submit your application with the required cover sheet, which you can obtain on the Laney Graduate School website.

Undergraduate tutor applications are due Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, by 5 PM. Undergraduate tutor application instructions can be found here.


Upcoming Writing Boot Camps

The Emory Writing Center, Woodruff Library, and Laney Graduate School are sponsoring several writing boot camps in February and March. The boot camps are outlined below; for more information and to register, just click on the title of the boot camp. Spaces fill up quickly, so register today!

Prospectus Writing Boot Camp
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 11 am – 7 pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Prospectus Writing Boot Camp is an opportunity to work on a prospectus, article, dissertation chapter, or other large writing project for a full day without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Sunday, February 8 from 11AM to 7PM actively engaging with their prospectus or other writing project. Boot Camp attendees can set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Service, and resources on writing, copyright, and other areas. Because a free meal is provided for its participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate in the full day Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation Boot Camp (Feb)
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10 am – 6 pm &
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 11 am – 7 pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation Boot Camp is an opportunity for dissertators to work on their project for an entire weekend without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday February 14 from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, February 15, 11AM to 7PM actively engaging with their dissertation. Boot Camp attendees can set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Service, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing, copyright, and other areas. Because a free meal is provided for its participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate fully in both days of the Writing Boot Camp.

Dissertation Boot Camp (Mar)
Friday, March 20, 2015, 10 am – 6 pm &
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10 am – 6 pm

Open to Laney Graduate School students, the Dissertation Boot Camp is an opportunity for dissertators to work on their project for a two days without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Friday, March 20 from 10AM to 6PM and Saturday, March 21, 10AM to 6PM actively engaging with their dissertation. Boot Camp attendees can set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Service, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing, copyright, and other areas. Because a free meal is provided for its participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

Registration indicates your commitment to participate fully in both days of the Writing Boot Camp.


Work for the Emory Writing Center!

Are you a strong writer?  Are you interested in coaching other writers?  Do you enjoy challenging, yet rewarding work?  If so, join our staff!  Emory students from all majors are encouraged to apply, and comprehensive training is provided.  Go to http://www.writingcenter.emory.edu/students/work_for_us.html to learn how to apply.  You can also attend one of our information sessions for potential tutors and fellows.  The graduate fellow info session is today, Wed, 1/28/15, 4-5 pm in Callaway S103. There will be 2 undergraduate tutor info sessions: Wed, 2/4/15, 4-5 pm in Callaway S103, and Thu, 2/12/15, 4-5 pm in Callaway C101. Hope to see you there!


National Day on Writing – October 20, 2014

In celebration of the National Day on Writing, the Emory Writing Center will be festively decorated and offering refreshments to visitors on Monday, October 20, 2014.  For more information about the National Day on Writing, please visit the National Counsel of Teachers of English’s website: http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting.


Dissertation Boot Camp – March 29th and 30th

Sign up now – these spots are valuable and go quickly! —-

In partnership with the Laney Graduate School, the Woodruff Library Education and Outreach Committee, and the Graduate Writing Support Service, the Emory Writing Center is pleased to announce its third Boot Camp for Dissertation Writers, Saturday, March 29th and Sunday March 30th.

The Dissertation Boot Camp is an opportunity to for dissertators to work on their project for an entire weekend without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday, March 29th from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, March 30th, Noon to 8PM actively engaging with their dissertation. Located in the Woodruff Library Jones Room, the Boot Camp provides opportunities to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Writing Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Service, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing. Because free meals are provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available for this extremely popular program.

If you are a student in the Laney Graduate School and would like to participate, please register at http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html by March 17th. Registration indicates your commitment to participate fully in both days of the Writing Boot Camp.


Dissertation Bootcamp Feb. 15th and 16th.

(If you’re interested, sign up soon – the spots go fast!)

In partnership with the Laney Graduate School, the Woodruff Library Education and Outreach Committee, and the Graduate Writing Support Service the Emory Writing Center is pleased to announce its second Boot Camp for Dissertation Writers, Saturday, February 15th and Sunday February 16th.

The Dissertation Boot Camp is an opportunity to for dissertators to work on their project for an entire weekend without distractions. Boot Camp participants commit to spending Saturday, February 15th from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, February 16th, Noon to 8PM actively engaging with their dissertation. Located in the Woodruff Library Jones Room, the Boot Camp provides opportunities to set and share writing goals within a supportive community of writers.

The Writing Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including the support of professional writing tutors from the Emory Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Support Service, and resources on dissertation/thesis writing, copyright, and other areas. Because free meals are provided for participants, interested persons must register. Only limited space is available.

If you are a student in the Laney Graduate School and would like to participate, please register at http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/upcoming-classes.html by February 10th. Registration indicates your commitment to participate fully in both days of the Writing Boot Camp.

 

Comments from past participants:

 “This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had being at Emory! I’m so glad I was able to participate, and I look forward to the next one. It is such a great motivator to be in a space with others, working towards a common goal.”

 “It’s a great way to jump start your work and get re-energized. Chances are you will be working on the weekend anyway. Why not get more done, and do it with other people and free food?”

 “It works as advertised. You get support as you are encouraged to work without interruption. I was able to make real progress on my dissertation and I will be trying to mimic it on my own time to keep doing so.”

 “I wish we had boot camp every weekend.”


Want to work in the Emory Writing Center? Info is up.

The Emory Writing Center has added information for graduate students and undergraduates who want to work as tutors this fall. Look here!


Writing advice, or how to enjoy a break and get something done

We recently featured on our Twitter feed this article on 21 harsh writing tips that are nonetheless good to hear. Famous authors giving glib but true commentary on the writing process – you should take a look.

At the same time, reading the list, I felt the need for something more substantive. Yes, certain words should be avoided as a matter of style, reading aids writing, and sometimes we need to just sit down and write. What, specifically, can you do to practice writing during break without mimicking the breakneck pace of the semester?

Here is my suggestion, a plan I follow from year to year with some variation. (At the bottom, I’ll provide my own tentative reading list, and I invite others to share.)

1. Read. Set aside fifteen minutes or an hour a day to read a variety of styles and genres. I include some things I know I’ll enjoy (a sci-fi novel; a poem) and some things I’ve never tried (a few issues of The New Yorker one year; a book on the history of Calculus another year). We learn through experiencing language in its variety, and it cannot hurt to discover new things we enjoy along the way.

If you have a book you know would be awesome to read for an academic or professional interest, choose that too. One year, I read all of Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, since I knew I would be writing on it for my thesis. I took notes on flash cards, had a great time, and learned a lot. 

One final note – it is okay if we do not read everything on the list. That often happens. (I have books and journal issues I have to read for my research, so sometimes I’m lucky when I accomplish additional reading.) Nonetheless, something is better than nothing.

2. Write. It is easy to not write during break, or to limit our writings to e-mail, social media, and mobile texting. Yet break is a good time for dusting off a neglected journal, starting a personal project, freely writing what comes to mind, or addressing an issue close to us without the immediate pressure of evaluation. I set aside 15 minutes a day to sit down, gather my thoughts, and write. Sometimes I stick out those 15 minutes with only a few sentences; other times I end up sitting for two hours writing several good pages.

One year, I decided to write an essay for every letter of the alphabet. (A is for my love of Isaac Asimov’s work, and so on.) Another year, I put most of my effort into writing mock turtle poems for everyone receiving a Christmas card. The scope is up to you, but whether personal or professional, write something.

3. Read one book on composition. Oh, the work part, you may think. On the contrary, these kind of guides are often witty and colloquial, because they are written by people who engage others with their writing for a living. Guides like Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style offer good perspectives to take to heart. Lists abound online – try searching “good books on style” – but a couple of others I have tried:

  • Ralph H. Johnson & J. Anthony Blair, Logical Self-Defense. It is a guide to logic, but is also a very useful guide for structuring and analyzing arguments. It includes sharp commentary on the style of argumentation generally and nonarguments like advertising in particular.
  • Richard Lanham, Revising ProseHe provides a cogent critique of bureaucratic writing, as well as a method for correcting it in our own and others’ writing, the “Paramedic method.”
  • Wendy Belcher, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks. Belcher offers a tour de force of academic writing advice. Highly recommended for graduate students and young professionals, though even an undergraduate writer has much to learn from the planning and general advice she sets forth. She taught me to write 15 minutes a day.

My own plan:

1. Read: The New Yorker; an author from the 2013 Hugo and Nebula Award finalists; J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy; a book by Maurice Keen.

2. Write: 15 minutes a day (minimum) of my dissertation; 15 minutes a day of blog posts on my website; 15 minutes a day on an article. 

3. Read One More: Undecided, but something on multimodal and/or multilingual writing. I will also be checking the Emory Writing Center bookshelf for examples.