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Special Session–January 3-7, 2022

Get a great start on the spring semester! These workshops are designed to clarify critical concepts in academic writing and to offer strategies to enhance your success as a grad student at UNC. All workshops will be held over Zoom.

Monday, Jan. 3

  • Principles of citation and avoiding plagiarism. Register for principles of citation and avoiding plagiarism workshop. (10-10:50 a.m.) Why is citation so important in US universities? How do you know what you should or shouldn’t cite? How can you work with language to avoid plagiarizing? How can a citation manager help you?
  • Participating in class discussions. Register for participating in class discussions workshop. (11-11:50 a.m.) How can you prepare for the conversations? How can you understand what’s being said when they’re talking quickly? How can you return to a previous topic? How can you ask for clarification? Learn strategies for engaging more comfortably in fast-paced class discussions.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

  • Research introductions. Register for research introductions workshop. (10-10:50 a.m.) The typical research article introduction has a very predictable structure and language. Learn the formula for the introduction so you can find information quickly when you read and know where to put critical information when you write.
  • Verb tenses in discourse. Register for verb tenses workshop. (11-11:50 a.m.) English has twelve tenses! Learn which three are the most important and learn to use them correctly in research article introduction and discussion sections.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

  • Writing about gender and sexuality. Register for writing about gender and sexuality workshop. (10-10:50 a.m.) Should I write woman or female? What’s the difference? What does the acronym LGBTQIA stand for? Explore the answers to these questions and learn suggestions for making your writing about gender and sexuality more accurate and appropriate.
  • Reading efficiency. Register for reading efficiency workshop. (11-11:50 a.m.) There’s SO much to read in grad school! With the right mix of strategic reading practices, you can get essential information, build your vocabulary efficiently, and keep track of what you’re learning. Learn how in this workshop.

Thursday, Jan. 6

  • Writing about race. Register for writing about race workshop. (10-10:50 a.m.) What are the appropriate/preferred terms for referring to people of different races/ethnicities? What does the acronym BIPOC stand for? How can article (a, an, the) use change the way my writing about race may be interpreted? We’ll try to demystify writing about race in the American academy. Come with lots of questions!
  • Aaaargh!! English articles are so hard! Register for English articles workshop. (11-11:50 a.m.) It’s one of the most complex systems in English, but we’ve developed a tool that can help you choose the correct article (a, an, the) almost every time. Let us show you how easy it can be.

Friday, Jan. 7

  • Successful funding proposals. Register for successful funding proposals workshop. (10-10:50 a.m.) No matter which funding agency you’re seeking money from, all successful proposals share six qualities. Join us to learn what they are and to learn how you get there with your own funding proposals.
  • Understanding Southern English. Register for understanding Southern English workshop. (11-11:50 a.m.) You might understand people on campus, but what about in the community? Can you understand the grocery store clerk? Your restaurant server? The person at the DMV? Let us help you by sharing common features in the regional dialects of this area.

Past Workshops

These workshops are designed for both international and domestic graduate students. Please register for your preferred format. Because they are activity-based workshops, they will not be recorded.

Get It Done! Winning Your Battle with Procrastination – 10/4 & 10/11 @ 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Battling procrastination may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Use this chance to get together with fellow procrastinators and learn about tools that have proven to be helpful. Create your own anti-procrastination toolkit!

Jump Start Your Writing Group – 10/5 & 10/12 @ 10:15-11 a.m.

Looking for community and accountability when working on your writing projects from home? In this workshop, we will provide advice and resources to help you organize your own writing group.

Principles of Funding Proposal Writing – 10/18 & 10/25 @ 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Are you applying for funding to support your research? While every application is different, there are key qualities of a good application. This workshop describes general principles and offers strategies for writing your best proposal.

Research Article Introductions – 10/19 & 10/26 @ 10:15-11 a.m.

What are the components of a typical research introduction? How do writers in your discipline describe “the gap”? Bring several articles from your field and join us for a guided analysis of the structure and language of effective introductions.

How to Get and Give Effective Feedback – 11/1 & 11/8 @ 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Feedback from peers and senior colleagues is an extremely useful resource that can help you improve your writing. This workshop helps you solicit and provide helpful feedback on writing.

Responding to Student Writing – 11/2 & 11/9 @ 10:15-11 a.m.

Do you struggle to decide what to comment on? How much to say? How to say it? How much time to spend? This workshop describes general principles and specific strategies for responding to student writing in ways that are helpful for the student and efficient for the instructor.