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Graduate Writing Center Workshops

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is offering several interactive workshops for Penn State graduate students of all disciplines and all levels of writing ability.  

All graduate students, regardless of disciplinary affiliation or English fluency, are welcome to enroll. Follow The Graduate Writing Center on Facebook and Twitter (@gwcpsu) for daily updates on these and other GWC events!

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact Michelle Kaczmarek (gwc.psu@gmail.com).

Register for the Graduate Writing Center Workshops

Crafting Professional Documents Part I:  Resumes and Cover Letters

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building

What is the difference between academic and non-academic job documents? How do you alter your materials to target individual audiences? This workshop will focus on strategies for drafting neat, concise, and unique materials for your academic or alt-ac job hunt. Please bring two copies of your current résumé and cover letter for workshopping with your peers.
 


Crafting Professional Documents Part II:  Personal Statement, Research Statements, and CV's

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building

What is the difference between academic and non-academic job documents? How do you alter your materials to target individual audiences? This workshop will focus on strategies for drafting neat, concise, and unique materials for your academic or alt-ac job hunt. Please bring two copies of your current résumé and cover letter for workshopping with your peers.


Writing Abstracts

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building

Current demands in indexing, selection, and publication make the abstract an increasingly important form to master. However, even seasoned researchers and practiced writers struggle to write compelling abstracts. Our final workshop addresses the art of abstract writing and summarizing extended arguments for interest, relevance, and accuracy. As part of our discussion, we will also consider how keywords play a crucial role in indexing and access. Participants will practice identifying keywords and revising abstracts for different contexts (i.e., conference papers, journal articles, book chapters, dissertations and theses, research grants, and book proposals). Please bring a copy of an abstract for a project you are working on to the workshop.

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