The program will teach writing strategies and provide structure to help people produce a draft of a dissertation chapter.Graduate students from social science fields who use humanities approaches, such as historians or political science students who focus on theory, should also apply to this program.The Graduate Writing Center holds several programs during the summer to support graduate students who are at the dissertation and dissertation proposal stages.
Bring all relevant materials into a single physical and/or electronic location to simplify your workflow.
1) your brief sketch of the sample dissertation chapter you reviewed; and 2) a 1-2 page outline of the analytical dissertation chapter you will work on during the program.
If you are in the very early stages, a bulleted list of the topics and ideas you plan to address in the chapter would be fine.
This program targets humanities and arts graduate students who have advanced to candidacy and are at the dissertation-writing stage.
Please bring an outline of your dissertation or dissertation proposal if you have one.
This workshop will focus on strategies for self-editing structure and style in scientific writing.
We will also discuss strategies for editing and integrating articles/chapters.
We will be focusing on dissertations structured as a compilation of articles, but writing strategies are applicable to other thesis types.
If you are not sure which section to choose, please consult with the GWC Director (Marilyn Gray: [email protected]).
1) read/skim a dissertation recently completed in your department, preferably one chaired by your dissertation committee chair, to get a sense of overall structure (search Pro Quest Dissertations/Theses database by advisor); 2) review and do a brief outline/sketch (1-page maximum) of the structure of one of the analytical chapters in the sample dissertation, paying attention to a) type of content (data analysis, relevant empirical literature, theory, historical background, cultural context, etc.); and b) form (narrative arc, argument, and language that signposts what the writer is doing); 3) organize your notes, sources, and data for the analytical dissertation chapter you will work on during the program.