Fall 2021 In-Person Policy Updates!
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric will offer in-person appointments and the option for in-person attendance of some events during the Fall 2021 semester. ***If you come to the center for an in-person appointment or attend an event in-person, please be prepared to show your “Approval to Come to Campus Fall 2021” email from the Office of the Dean of Students.*** We are not able to allow students access to our in-person programs without verification of your email confirmation. Please do not send this ahead of time; just have it ready for staff at the time of your appointment or event. In-person drop-in appointments are once again available depending on availability.
We have updated our consultation rooms with TVs for easy display of student work via laptop or our desktops. There is enough room for social distancing if desired, and masks and hand sanitizer are available. Masks are required to be worn indoors at all times. Email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who We Are
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric (CWR) offers instruction and support on writing and presenting, providing over 1500 consultations each year in-person (when possible), online, and through email review. We also offer events that support milestones and projects, such as weekend Dissertation Bootcamps, Students of Color Writing Retreats, Qualifying Exam Preparation Weekends, webinars, workshops, one-day general writing retreats, weeklong boot camps, and writing groups. Recently, we created CGU’s version of the Three Minute Thesis competition, The Big Pitch, which develops and showcases student work from across campus in a unique three-minute and single slide format for a non-specialist audience. We also formed the Student Grant & Award Initiative, a cross-campus collaboration designed to support student grant applications. We are proud to work as a learning community hub with an anti-discrimination pedagogy for CGU students to develop their academic understanding in an affirming space.
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Anti-Discrimination & Learning Community Pedagogy
Over numerous sessions during Fall 2020, the CWR Anti-Discrimination Committee drafted the Center’s first Anti-Discrimination Statement. The final statement was a result of the collaboration between all CWR staff, but special thanks to Wendy Anguiano, Anisha Ahuja, Katrina Denman, and Jessica Delgado for their dedicated work on this project. See our complete Anti-Discrimination Statement here.
CWR Sista Citizen Takeover: Black Solace Virtual Writing Retreats
The CWR has teamed up with Sista Citizen to bring you the Black Solace Virtual Writing Retreats. These retreats are a black-centered space for students that will occur monthly over the Fall semester and have work blocks, a community lunch, and various break rooms featuring an art gallery, playlist, and meditation space. Come for as many or as few blocks as you like and make progress on your projects in an affirming and productive space. A CWR writing consultant will also be on-hand to co-facilitate and provide short consultation sessions.
Dates for Black Solace Virtual Writing Retreats
- October 10: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- November 7: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
- December 5: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
THRIVE + CWR Workshops
The CWR will be hosting a workshop series at the THRIVE Fall Summit intended to cultivate a space for students of color who may be experiencing a lack of belonging or disconnect from being able to identify as scholars and writers. These two workshops will include exercises of self-reflection and engage the work of minority writers like James Baldwin and Gloria Anzaldúa.
Finding your Writer-Identity, October 12: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Embracing Your Writer-Voice, November 9: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
New Online Resources!
We are happy to announce that the Center for Writing & Rhetoric has a Canvas site with modules on literature reviews, introductions, cohesion & coherence, developing research questions, argumentation, and more! All you have to do is sign into MyCGU before you access the link below, and you can “add” yourself to the Canvas immediately. We will be growing the offerings of modules regularly.
New Events Page
We have created a new events page where we will post all of our writing events, webinars, and more. It is one centralized location with all of the dates and information you need on our offerings. In addition to our consultations and writing fellows program, we are facilitating a full slate of webinars, Weekend Dissertation Bootcamps, Saturday Writing Retreats, Students of Color Writing Retreats, and Qualifying Exam Preparation Weekends in Spring 2021. Visit our Events page for all the dates!
New Blog Post
Read our newest blog post on “Isolated Writing in a Pandemic” by writing consultant Anisha Ahuja!
Experiencing finals week during a pandemic and under the stress of lockdown is not what many of us expected in choosing to become a graduate student. The joy of graduate school is in its emphasis on collectively, something most visible in the papers we write. When writing under lockdown, our papers become developed less through collaboration and mutuality, and more through the isolated format of writing off-campus and out of the classroom. Our work itself is intended to be born out of social scholarship. Is it possible for us to maintain these foundations of graduate writing during a moment that removes us from one another?
The Big Pitch 2020
We had an exciting and competitive inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition, culminating with the finals on November 20, 2020. Vinh Tran, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Educational Studies, won 1st place with his presentation, “Shortest Way Home: Developing an Interstate Policy Exchange Framework for K-12 Math and Science Education”. Congratulations Vinh! Amber Kea-Edwards, a Ph.D. candidate in Positive Organizational Psychology at the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation, came in 2nd place and won the Audience’s Choice Award! Katrina Denman, a Ph.D. candidate in History at the School of Arts & Humanities and a writing consultant at the CWR, won 3rd place! Congratulations to all of our finalists and competitors.
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 facilitate Write-In Studio hours or help Self-Guided Groups to get started.