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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Effective Reading in Graduate School
Monday, October 12th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
One of the most challenging parts of grad school is the amount of reading that you have to keep up with. Whether it is several articles a week, or several books, the material that you will be (and are) engaging with is dense and seldom lends itself to a breezy page-by-page readthrough. In this workshop, we will practice the skill of reading for argument rather than for content—that is, reading with an eye towards how different materials fit together in the context of your class (or your program or your field) instead of trying to keep track of every little detail. We will also look at and compare different ways to focus on your readings so that you can begin to develop a more purposeful approach to reading as you make your way through your program.
Qualifying Exams Preparation Weekend
October 16th – 18th, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
For most doctoral degrees, qualifying exams are the first major milestone that must be completed after coursework. The challenge of demonstrating breadth of knowledge in a field as well as preparedness for a culminating project is complicated by the shift in structure of the post-coursework phase. One proven method of maintaining productivity and motivation during this transition is to participate in community events that are designed to reduce distraction, facilitate peer engagement, and provide a source of accountability.
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is happy to announce that in addition to our dissertation bootcamps, writing retreats, and writing groups, we will now also be offering an event just for students at the qualifying exam stage. Designed for students doing timed exams, written assignments, dissertation chapter drafts, and portfolios, the event will provide the options of either dedicated work time with peers or a combination of work time and facilitated sessions on exam preparation topics.
The inaugural event in Fall 2020 will be entirely online on Friday, October 16th to Sunday, October 18th from 8:15am to 4:30pm each day.
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.
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 16, November 27, and December 18.