Writing Workshops

Writing Workshops are led by Tracy Weiner, Associate Director, University Writing Programs.
Seating is limited in order to provide adequate feedback to participants – OFA staff will confirm your registration.
Note:  The July writing workshops are at capacity and registration is now closed.  They will be repeated during Autumn Quarter.

Writing Workshop I: Clarity and Focus in Scientific Writing
Wednesday, July 11 from 12:00 – 1:30pm, Gordon Center for Integrative Science (929 E. 57th St.), Room W303

Lunch is provided
As a writer, you may feel that you are often forced to choose between clarity and precision. If you include the details that your argument needs, your writing may seem cumbersome. But if you omit details, the keys to your argument disappear. In this workshop you’ll learn how to focus arguments without sacrificing complexity. The true origin of the problem lies not in the complexity of your data, but in the structure of your sentences. You will learn concrete techniques to build sentences and paragraphs that can adequately house your ideas and your data, without leaving your readers behind.



Writing Workshop II: Grant Proposals, Abstracts, and Introductions
Wednesday, July 18 from 12:00 – 1:30, Gordon Center for Integrative Science (929 E. 57th St.), Room W303
Lunch is provided
During the course of your career you will write many documents that boil down to some version of one of the following sentences: “Give me money because ” or “Read this article because.” This workshop will focus on what comes after the “because.” How can you make sure readers understand how your work contributes to knowledge in your field? How can you do this without claiming too much about your work — or too little? In this session, you will practice writing techniques in grant proposals, abstracts, and introductions that make clear why your work is valuable — and that help you to focus the rest of an article or proposal on the most important aspects of your research.