Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing

Each academic year, the UConn Writing Center offers 3 no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. These seminars do not carry UConn academic credit, nor are they graded. We simply aim to assist motivated graduate students in developing strategies for writing that will serve them well in their academic and professional careers.The goal is to help graduate writers develop a toolbox of composing, revising, and peer-review skills. 

The seminar aligns with our tutoring philosophy at the Writing Center: we begin by focusing on developing and clarifying main ideas, then work towards sentence-level writing concerns. Expect an interactive, collaborative space where writers to apply practical strategies at each phase of the revision process. Participants work mostly with peers but also get one-on-one feedback from the seminar leader. This is a writing workshop, not a traditional lecture or skills-and-drills grammar course. 

Participants must bring to the seminar a draft of a writing project (at least 5 double-spaced pages). Most seminar sessions involve working on this draft, and most of our time is dedicated to developing skills for revising and on cultivating productive writing habits.

Participants should expect to commit 5 hours per week: 2 in class and 3 outside of class to complete readings and assignments.

If you have questions about the seminar or are interested in seeing a syllabus, please contact the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support at gradwriting@uconn.eduThe seminars are made possible through funding from the Graduate School and the University Writing Center.

Participation requirements:

Seminar participants must be degree-seeking UConn graduate students. International grad students are welcome. We ask graduate students to complete an application form for the seminar, as interest in the course often exceeds our 25 student enrollment capability.  If we receive more applications than there are seats available (which is likely), we will make decisions about enrollment based on seniority, the degree of fit between the course and the applicant’s writing project, the application submission date, and the motivation of the applicant. Applications submitted after the posted deadline will be considered if spaces are available. Submission of a promissory note for $100 is also required of participants upon acceptance into the seminar. It will not be used if participants attend and participate in all seminar classes and activities. Otherwise, the Bursar’s Office will charge your account and the money will be used for future Writing Center graduate student events. Unforeseen circumstances that prevent attendance (e.g. sickness, bereavement, etc.) will be taken into consideration but need to communicated with the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support. Make-up session with the seminar leader can be arranged under these circumstances. 

Seminar meeting time schedule:

Fall 2019 Seminar:  October 21 – November 18 (5 weeks) day/time: tba

Spring 2020 Seminar #1:   February 10 – March 9 (5 weeks) day/time: tba

Spring 2020 Seminar #2:  March 30 – April 27 (5 weeks) day/time: tba