Organizing and Writing a Large-Scale Writing Project such as a Dissertation or Thesis

Writing a dissertation or thesis can seem a daunting prospect that raises questions about structure, organization, as well as simply how best to get started. This workshop will offer strategies for how to approach a large-scale writing project such as a dissertation or thesis. We will discuss the genre and rhetorical conventions expected in dissertations and where those may differ from other academic writing experiences of graduate students. We will also offer suggestions and tips for getting started on your project, making consistent progress, working with committee member comments, and staying motivated.  


Gain a greater understanding of the genre conventions of dissertations.
Learn strategies for organizing large-scale projects.
Learn strategies for making consistent progress in writing a dissertation or thesis.
Learn strategies for reading and responding to committee member comments.


Bronwyn Williams is Director of the University Writing Center and a professor of English. He teaches and researches about issues of literacy, identity, digital media, popular culture, and creative nonfiction. He teaches a variety of graduate courses on issues of literacy and teaching writing. In addition he has directed more than 30 doctoral dissertations. His recurring research interests have been the intersections of the literacy practices people engage in in their daily lives and the literacy practices they encounter in schools and universities


The PLAN is a professional development initiative run by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) that provides graduate students opportunities and resources for Professional development, Life skills, Academic development, and Networking skills. 


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Monday, October 26 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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