This course provides graduate students with formal instruction in the genres and mechanics of academic writing at the graduate and professorial level. Through presentations, readings, discussion, and weekly peer editing, graduate students will develop writing and editing skills necessary for their success as graduate students and future faculty.
- to familiarize graduate students with the different genres of academic writing (e.g., seminar papers, journal articles, books, grant proposals, dissertation prospecti, etc.) and how these genres vary from discipline to discipline;
- to help graduate students become better writers by analyzing writing on both the micro (sentence) and macro (organizational) levels;
- to teach graduate students basic skills of professional editing so that they can become better editors of their own work and that of peers;
- to enable graduate students to apply these skills to a piece of their own writing and to the writing of peers.