Spring 2024 Events for Graduate Students

GradsWrite Writing Groups

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will now host GradsWrite writing groups, open to graduate students at Mizzou who are currently working on a long-term writing project, particularly dissertations and theses!

What they are: GradsWrite groups provide a shared space to help graduate students accomplish their writing goals in a supportive setting. Groups will meet weekly (in person or on Zoom) for 50-minute sessions over 12 weeks during the semester and focus on helping graduate students set and meet writing goals on long-term writing projects, such as dissertations, with an emphasis on accountability and support.

When they are: Weekly, beginning January 29 – April 26 (except spring break)

Where they are: Face-to-face locations and Zoom

Who they are for: MU Graduate students working on writing dissertations/theses, conference papers, articles for publication or other long-term writing projects who would benefit from weekly accountability and support.

How to register: Please fill out the application via MU Engage here.

Please note: Groups will meet to share, update, revise, and plan weekly goals; no general writing instruction will be provided to the group.

Writing Accountability Sessions

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will now host graduate writing accountability sessions, open to any graduate student at Mizzou!

What they are: Writing Accountability Sessions are quiet spaces to bring current works in progress and to work in community with other graduate writers. We will invite participants to share goals at the beginning of the session, then work quietly and independently for the duration of the session. We will invite participants to report progress and/or future goals at the end of the session.

When they are: Every Monday night, 5pm-8pm

            select Saturdays, 9am-12pm (click here for list of dates)

Where they are: Monday nights in Townsend 111F (“Grad Hub”)

            Saturdays in the Student Success Center (1st floor)

Who they are for: Graduate students working on writing dissertations/theses, assignments for coursework, conference proposals/papers, article drafts or revisions, or even those needing to focus on the classes they are teaching or for which they serve as a TA. All writers and all projects are welcome.

How to register: Please pre-register for the Monday night & Saturday morning writing sessions here.

Please note: Accountability sessions are quiet spaces to work in community with other graduate writers; no general writing instruction will be provided at the sessions.

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Workshops

The Writing Center will host 3 thesis and dissertation formatting workshops in Spring 2024.

What they are: These workshops will walk graduate writers through the formatting guidelines from the MU Graduate School and will demonstrate how to set up the thesis/dissertation document according to those guidelines. Participants should plan to bring their own laptops and documents and should already have Microsoft Word downloaded to their device.

When & Where: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Townsend Hall 111F, and

Thursday, Mar. 14, 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Zoom, and

Tuesday, Apr. 2, 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Zoom.

How to register: Please register for the workshops on MU Engage at this link.

Who they are for: This workshop is intended for advanced dissertators or thesis writers with documents ready to format. Participants should plan to bring their own laptops and documents and should already have Microsoft Word downloaded to their device.

Please note: As the focus for this workshop is formatting, no writing instruction will be provided.

Getting Started: Teaching & Research Statements

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will host a multi-part presentation and workshop series focused on Teaching and Research Statements. The Getting Started presentation will focus on introducing graduate students to teaching and research statements, their purposes, their differences, and their potential drafting processes.

The secondary component will be offered in Spring 2024 and will focus on workshopping your current drafts of these documents. 

When & Where: Tuesday, Apr. 16 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in Townsend 111F (Grad Hub).

How to register: Please register for this presentation on MU Engage

Who Should Attend: Graduate students new to teaching and research statements who need general information about the documents or are struggling with getting started creating them.

Workshopping the Document: Teaching & Research Statements

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will host a multi-part presentation and workshop series focused on Teaching and Research Statements. The “Workshopping the Document” is the secondary component of the multi-part presentation on Teaching and Research statements. If you have already begun drafting your statement and would like feedback on your draft, please bring it to the workshop! We will begin by offering a structure for helpful feedback on these particular statements and then will break into groups for real-time feedback.

When & Where: Teaching Statement Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 15 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in Townsend 111F (Grad Hub)

Research Statement Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in Townsend 111F (GradHub)

How to Register: Please register for this presentation on MU Engage.

Who Should Attend: Writers who have a (complete OR incomplete) draft of their Teaching and/or Research Statement and would like feedback in order to revise or move forward with their document.

Finals Week Writing Retreat

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will host a Finals Week Writing Retreat. This is an extension of our Writing Accountability Groups, above. The retreat will last from 9am-3pm with lunch provided to the registrants. We do ask that attendees pre-register at our link below, and are able to commit to the full writing day.

When & Where: TBD

How to register: Please register for the writing retreat on MU Engage.

Who should attend: Any graduate student that would benefit from writing/working in a quiet environment with a community of other graduate students!