Fall 2019 Workshops
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held in GSAS Writing Studio SEMINAR ROOM (321 Lehman Library).
NEW WORKSHOP SERIES! In informal, bi-weekly workshops, Writing Studio Consultants will draw from best-practices approaches and our own writing experience to offer tips and strategies for tackling common dissertation-related writing concerns. We call it, This Is How I...
Friday, 11/22--1:00-2:00pm: This is How I...USE SCRIVENER (To Stay Calm and Organized)
Scrivener's writer-designed interface makes it one of the most powerful tools available for drafting long, complex, researched works. In this informal workshop, we'll offer participants a first-hand look at how we use the program in our own writing: to organize sources and citations, create flexible chapter outlines, record ideas that are still under development, make deep cuts and radical revisions, and encourage a sustainable, steady writing practice.
Friday, 12/6, 1:00-2:00pm: This is How I...PLAN TO WRITE OVER WINTER BREAK
Don't lose momentum on your writing just because you're leaving campus! Join us for this 1-hour workshop and leave with a set of realistic writing goals and a plan for achieving them.
How to Use the Word Template for your Dissertation Most Effectively
Tuesday, 11/19, 1:00-2:00pm
GSAS has devised a dissertation template for students in Word, based on the existing guidelines required for formal deposit. In this workshop, we will offer an overview, answer questions, and help writers get started. Please note: though GSAS also offers a template in LaTeX, this workshop will focus exclusively on the Word template.
(If you'd be interested in our running another session, please let us know: gsas-writingstudio [at] columbia.edu)
Make a Semester Writing Plan
Set yourself up for dissertation-writing success this fall. In this one-hour workshop, you'll develop meaningful goals and set a plan for reaching them, including identifying support systems, safety nets, and other structures to help you succeed. This workshop is open to Arts & Sciences PhD students at any phase of the dissertation process, but is best suited to those who plan to write actively this semester.
Copyright Issues and the Dissertation
Rina Elster Pantalony, Director of Copyright Advisory Services at Columbia University Libraries, will lead this 90-minute workshop on how to avoid potential last-minute, dissertation-related copyright issues. She will recommend resources and answer questions from students.
Revise and Resubmit
In this informal workshop, we offer strategies for incorporating reader feedback into revisions. We'll discuss productive methods for working with in-text comments, tracked changes, and narrative feedback from faculty, peers, and reviewers. This workshop is ideal for dissertation writers who would like to approach the revision process with increased confidence.
Starting the Prospectus
This 90-minute workshop is designed for PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who would like to kickstart their prospectus/dissertation proposal this Fall. We will think together about how to structure a prospectus to fit your disciplinary needs, and talk about the different models you might follow. You will leave with an outline and a plan for executing your prospectus.
More workshops coming soon!