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Sweetland-Rackham Workshop on Writing Clarifies the Dissertation Writing Process

Friday, February 3, 2012
12:00 AM
Rackham West Conference Room

Louis Cicciarelli, co-director of the Dissertation Writing Institute at the Sweetland Center for Writing, discusses his tips for organizing the dissertation writing process.

Sweetland-Rackham Workshop on Writing: Writing Your Way Through the Dissertation

While the dissertation is the final achievement of your graduate education, writing the dissertation is a process few face without struggle. Little prepares graduate students for the enormity of writing these extended and original academic arguments. This workshop will consider how writers can better manage writing their dissertations, and in fact, use writing as a way through the whole process. The workshop will offer strategies that address writing practice, work routines, and divisions of labor. This workshop will also present approaches to writing issues that dissertators in particular encounter, including: clarifying dissertation expectations, audience and working with committees, and the expanded role of revision for dissertators. The workshop is intended for writers from all disciplines who are in the midst of writing their dissertations and in search of strategies and approaches that can help advance their writing practice.

Topics include:
* clarifying expectations of a successful dissertation

* audience and working with committees

* reflective mapping strategies

* best writing practices for dissertators

Louis Cicciarelli teaches writing in the English Department, Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, and the Sweetland Center for Writing, where he also serves as co-director of the Dissertation Writing Institute.