In an effort to make antiracist goals intrinsic to the work of the Center for Writing & Rhetoric at Claremont Graduate University, we have begun a number of changes. See our complete list of commitments here.
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Entering Scholarly Conversations: Creating a Research Space (CARS)
Monday, october 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
As a graduate student, you will often be asked to enter into and contribute to existing scholarly conversations. For many grad students, this can be kind of nerve-wracking: How can I critique another (or a senior) scholar’s work without coming across as opportunistic? What can I do to make other people recognize the value of my work or ideas? Can you make your work too different, or outside the mainstream? How do you stay connected to a central discussion but still pursue your own interests? This workshop will introduce CARS, a useful heuristic for conceptualizing the process of identifying and participating in an academic conversation. The moves we will discuss and practice are transferable to a number of different genres and writing tasks, such introductions, literature reviews, and research proposals.
|Finals||Friday, November 20th|
|Preliminary Round||Monday, November 16th to Wednesday, November 18th|
|PowerPoint & Video Submission Deadline||Thursday, November 12th at 11:59 p.m.|
|Final Participation Deadline||Monday, November 9th|
|Priority Participation Deadline||Friday, October 30th|
The Big Pitch – Webinars
- Big Pitch PowerPoint Slides: Tuesday, October 20th from 12-1 p.m. Given the parameters of the Big Pitch, your single PowerPoint should not be designed in the same way you would typically design a slide. Too much information will distract attention from you, and too little might give the impression that you do not have a lot to say. Learn some ideas for how to find a middle ground and create a great complement to your presentation.
- Presentation Skills: Thursday, October 22nd from 3-4 p.m. This workshop offers a brief overview of the essentials for effective public speaking. The topics will include the organization of presentations, nonverbal skills, practice techniques, and tips for preparation. The workshop will conclude with a segment for questions. Facilitated by Matthew Higgins, M.A., Big Pitch Communication Specialist.
- Big Pitch Strategies & PowerPoint Slides: Thursday, November 5th from 12-1:30 p.m. Key elements of both of the strategies and PowerPoint slide webinars combined into one!
- How to Deliver a Pitch or New Idea in a Class or for a Research Project Part 2: Friday, October 30th from 7-10 p.m. This workshop is designed for international students to facilitate understanding of the concept of a “pitch” and practice their delivery. By “pitch”, we are referring to a process in which a student succinctly describes and delivers a new idea in a class or for a research topic. Even though this webinar pairs with the Big Pitch, international students who do not plan on entering the contest should attend to practice delivering ideas to advisors, professors, and classmates. Some of the ideas covered will be: What a Pitch Is, and Why We Do It; A Research Pitch: Why It’s Important; Identifying the Essence of an Idea and Summarizing Effectively (Studying other international student pitches for the Big Pitch); Knowing Your Audience; and, Delivery: Body Language and Elements of Speech. To register, email email@example.com.
We are offering all of our writing consultations online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Schedule a synchronous online writing consultation to meet with a writing consultant up to twice a week, or schedule an email review to submit a document and receive written feedback in about 3 – 7 business days.
Writing Retreats, Dissertation Boot Camps, & More
The CWR is offering retreats and boot camps online throughout the summer and fall! To see the full schedule, visit the page below.
Writing & Study Groups
Writing groups are small groups of committed members that meet at the same time and interval to write. Study groups are the same idea but with the more flexible structure of reading, studying, or writing together. Working in a group has been proven to improve accountability, motivation, and the achievement of desired outcomes–especially during online classes. We help new groups form or pair new members to existing groups on a rolling basis.
Drop-In Weekly Work Sessions
With classes staying online in fall, we are offering weekly drop-in sessions to work online with peers every Monday from 2-5pm and every Friday from 9am-12pm. These begin on Friday, September 11th, and run every week with the exception of October 9, October 12, October 16, November 27, and December 18.