Academic Writing Boot Camp

Monday, October 17, 2022 12 pm to 2:20 pm

Academic writing is a challenging skill to acquire! Professors often talk about it, and classes require it, but there are few places to directly learn about what makes writing “sound academic.” There are many elements to consider: vocabulary, tone, content flow, advanced usages of grammar and punctuation, and much more. 
In this virtual boot camp, you will learn the foundations of academic writing through participating in four interactive workshops, exploring our list of curated online resources, and checking out our reading recommendations.
Bootcamp Workshop Schedule

Monday, October 10th
11:50 AM -12:00 PM - Zoom Doors Open for Arrival
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Workshop 1: Sentence Variety and Rhythm
1:00 PM - 1:10 PM - Breaktime
1:10 PM- 2:10 PM - Workshop 2: Academic Voice
2:10 PM - 2:20 PM - Q&A Time

Monday, October 17th
11:50 AM -12:00 PM - Zoom Doors Open for Arrival
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Workshop 3: Creating Easy-to-Read Sentences and Paragraphs
1:00 PM - 1:10 PM - Breaktime
1:10 PM - 2:10 PM - Workshop 4: Muscle Verbs for Good Writing
2:10 PM - 2:20 PM - Q&A Time

Virtual Bootcamp Workshop Descriptions
​​Workshop 1: Sentence Variety and Rhythm
As academic writers, we need to learn how to write more complex sentences to achieve an “academic tone.” Having a good variety and rhythm creates that tone and keeps our readers engaged and interested. Most students are never taught how to create rhythm, so we made this workshop expressly to teach how to use the four elements of rhythm: length, structure, word choice, and advanced punctuation.
​​Workshop 2: Academic Voice
Does your writing “sound academic”? Sometimes, students are given comments such as “fix the tone of this paper” or “your writing should sound more academic.” But what do these comments mean? Attend this workshop to learn strategies for adopting and understanding academic voice as you progress as an academic writer.
​​Workshop 3: Creating Easy-to-Read Sentences and Paragraphs
The goal of any piece of writing is to communicate one’s ideas clearly. Increasing cohesion between sentences and coherence among paragraphs increases both clarity and readability in any piece of writing. This workshop will provide self-editing techniques and practice to refine your writing from any discipline.
​​Workshop 4: Muscle Verbs for Good Writing
This workshop will help you write clear, concise, strong sentences. You will learn how to avoid using weak verbs, and instead, you'll be able to replace them with strong, muscle verbs that carry more meaning. You will also learn how to avoid two stylistic issues that occur when using weak verbs: nominalization and passive voice.


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