Protocol for using the Graduate Writing Center: Graduate students should be aware that consultants are not allowed to work through email and do not edit papers.
I want to revitalize the intellectual debate in our Navy. We all—officers, enlisted, and civilians—need to develop sound and long-term habits for reading and writing during the entire course of our careers.
We must challenge our own assumptions, be informed by the facts, and be aware of the current context. We must commit to self-improvement, through formal schools and courses, and especially Graduate writing center self-education.
I strongly encourage you to read, think, and write about our naval profession. Our Navy benefits from a vigorous intellectual debate. His words work just as well as a justification for your presence, as students, at NPS.
The Navy is a large, complex, and technologically-advanced organization. It cannot function well unless all hands stay abreast of the issues related to their mission and think creatively and critically about the challenges our nation faces.
As the CNO suggests, strong writing for its own sake is not the point: As reading leads to broader thinking, writing leads to clearer thinking. If you have not written much, I urge you to get started. A sharp pen reflects a sharp mind.
But writing is not for the weak. The writer must form and then expose his or her ideas to public scrutiny. But an argument properly conceived and defended can be of great value to our profession.
Admiral Richardson added sage comments that echo the philosophy we teach in the Graduate Writing Center: Understand that you are accountable for your writing. You own what you write. So know your subject and the context surrounding your topic—do your research.
Speak in your own voice. Be ready to defend your position. When you write, your ideas are going to be challenged and maybe harshly criticized.
Learn from it, and come back better. We encourage you to read both articles at the above links. University of California Press, Rare is the how-to book that exemplifies its own instructions!
A Crash Course in Scholarly Skills does exactly that, providing professional clarity and an engaging, conversational writing style. The book dissects and lays bare the fundamentals likely to make or break your ability to thrive in any graduate program: Professor Shore gives explicit guidance for success; he presents each topic in a clear, readable way, suggesting solutions before expanding and synthesizing, not unlike a solid persuasive essay.
Crucially, he guides without being obnoxious, long-winded, or making readers search for the point. While our inner mystery writers often reveal themselves in a first draft, Professor Shore advises letting the narrative suspense instead arise from revealing your thought process point by point.
Read for the thesis, he emphasizes. Additionally, he addresses an often overlooked aspect of student life: Too often, even savvy students end up trapped in unnecessary ego debates that distract from the mission at hand.
Rather than treating grad school as a burden, Professor Shore threads useful content with engaging writing, reminding readers of the inherent adventures of scholarly research.
Thanks, Professor Shore, for reminding us how to show and tell in our writing and also for teaching us how to save ourselves from becoming Book Zombies!The mission of the Teachers College Graduate Writing Center is to provide a range of services designed to support all members of the TC community as writers and graduate students.
As a school of practitioners, we believe that writing is a tool that can help students connect theory and practice. The Graduate Writing Center offers a variety of workshops and programs throughout the year.
During the summer, we offer various dissertation "boot camps" for graduate students working on dissertation proposals and dissertations.
To schedule a one-on-one writing appointment in one of the writing centers, please view the schedule of available sessions and select an appointment time.
For information about graduate student writing appointments, please schedule an appointment by visiting Graduate Writing Center. The Graduate Writing Center began offering its peer-to-peer services to Penn State graduate students in January Years later, we continue to provide consultations for graduate students representing more than 65 different disciplines.
The Graduate Writing Center began offering its peer-to-peer services to Penn State graduate students in January Years later, we continue to provide consultations for graduate students representing more than 65 different disciplines.
To schedule a one-on-one writing appointment in one of the writing centers, please view the schedule of available sessions and select an appointment time. For information about graduate student writing appointments, please schedule an appointment by visiting Graduate Writing Center. The Graduate Writing Center seeks to develop and empower writers. We aim to give student writers useful, immediate takeaways from our tutoring sessions while supporting them with tools and suggestions to independently improve their own writing. The Graduate Writing Center offers a variety of workshops and programs throughout the year. During the summer, we offer various dissertation "boot camps" for graduate students working on dissertation proposals and dissertations.
Support for graduate student writing through our dissertation boot camps and Dissertate Write Now! program Writing fellows for faculty who promote writing in their classrooms An ongoing workshop series on a variety of topics pertaining to writing.