Writing Support for the College of Engineering

We work with graduate engineering writers to develop communication tools for their academic and professional careers. We design and implement interactive writing programs in multiple formats for graduate students in the College of Engineering. We also build bridges between the Graduate School and existing communication initiatives in COE to maximize students’ opportunities for growth as professional and academic communicators in their fields. We engage and connect COE masters, PhD students, and postdocs to writing resources for successful scholarly or professional careers.
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Programs and Resources for COE Graduate Students

Workshops: The Engineering Cafes are a series of interactive workshops where participants will practice and apply effective strategies for composing key academic and professional documents. These are “hands-on” sessions where we “think and do writing” and participants leave with strong drafts of documents through feedback from the facilitators and peers.

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Writing Accountability Groups: College of Engineering graduate students can join the Graduate School’s new online platform for writing accountability. Using the WhatsApp™ interface, you can now reach your writing goals while developing skills in time management and leadership.  Groups will use WhatsApp™ to set writing goals, share resources, and coordinate live or virtual “meet-ups” as group members see fit. In addition to keeping you accountable to your writing goals in a positive, affirming atmosphere, participating in the accountability groups also satisfies credit toward the Graduate School’s new Writing Certificate. Learn more and sign up today!

Individual Writing Consultations: Students can meet for 30-60 minute sessions to work on specific documents or features of their writing. Get strategies for starting, revising, or strengthening academic and technical writing: Research papers, articles, reports, proposals, application materials. Bring your laptop with a draft of your writing project OR paper copy of your writing project.

For Summer 2019, please email Katie Homar to set up an individual consultation. You may also email a draft of your project in advance to get the most out of the individual session.

Watch for announcements regarding “walk-in” consulting hours in Fall 2019.

Development Series: These are “hands-on,” non-credit course-like workshops focused on key academic and professional  documents, such as composing the dissertation proposal. Participants in these series have the advantage of more extensive, targeted feedback on drafts by working with the instructor and community of peers over multiple sessions.

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Resources for COE Faculty

Class Visits and Workshop Events: We are happy to collaborate with COE faculty to spread the word about our writing initiatives, for example, in the required first-year seminars. Faculty can request a course visit for a brief informational presentation about the Graduate School’s resources in their classes or collaborate to design a more extensive, “hands-on” writing workshop around a departmental event. To set up a class visit or plan a workshop, email Katie Homar.

Writing Course Consultations: We are happy to offer suggestions on designing and implementing writing into courses,  building bridges with writing-focused departmental courses. To schedule a consultation about the writing in your classes, email Katie Homar.