Summer 2019 Workshops

To register for these workshops: Please click on the date for your desired workshop, which will take you to the Office of Human Resources’ online registration system. You will receive an email confirmation from the UW-Madison Writing Center once the registration goes through.

For All

Paraphrasing Like a Pro: How to Successfully “Use Your Own Words”—NEW!

Tuesday, July 16, 3:30-5:00

Do you struggle to convey information from sources in your own words?  Are you not sure when to paraphrase?  This workshop will introduce paraphrasing techniques and show you how to effectively embed paraphrased material from any source (such as articles, books, and more).  Whether you’re new to researched writing or just need a review, put that thesaurus down and come join us for hands-on practice! This workshop is open to undergraduates and graduate students working on all types of research writing.

Learning and Integrating Common Features of Professional Research Writing—NEW!

Tuesday, July 30, 3:30-5:00

Are you interested in discovering how professional research writing is structured in the natural and social sciences? In this workshop for graduate students and advanced undergraduates, we will unpack misconceptions about research writing and call attention to frequently used words and sentence structures within specialized disciplines. Learning the features of your professional discourse community will help you better meet expectations for getting your own research published. Please bring short drafts of your own research or work with one of the supplied examples for applying what you’ve learned.

A Writer’s Retreat

Thursday, July 25, 5:00-8:00

It’s time to get moving with your term paper, dissertation, thesis, novel, research project, or other major writing project. And time is exactly what a writer’s retreat offers. Retreat participants will engage in brief goal-setting exercises followed by time to write, with Writing Center staff on hand for consultation. Registration is limited to 20 participants.


For Undergrads

Résumés and Cover Letters for Undergrads

Tuesday, July 9, 3:00-4:30

When applying for internships, leadership opportunities, on-campus employment, and your first job out of college, make your credentials stand out above the crowd. Come to this workshop to learn how your résumé and cover letter can help you show employers your best self. We’ll discuss résumé content and design, as well as what cover letters should address, so you can apply for positions with confidence. Feel free to bring your own resume and/or cover letter to discuss as an example.


For Graduate Students

On the Academic Job Market: Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Monday, July 8, 3:00-4:30

This workshop is an introduction to composing a cover letter that effectively communicates your qualifications and particular strengths as a candidate for an academic position.

On the Academic Job Market: Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Monday, July 15, 3:00-4:30

This workshop will identify what a statement of teaching philosophy is (or ought to be), what it should encompass, and what it should look like.

Résumés and Cover Letters for Graduate Students and Returning Adults

Thursday, July 18, 3:30-5:00

If you have completed your Bachelor’s degree or you have several years of work experience under your belt, then this resume and cover letter workshop is for you. We’ll review résumé content and design, discuss the best ways to align your qualifications with the position description, and learn how to build an effective argument in your cover letter, persuading decision-makers that you are the best person for the job. Please bring your own resume and cover letter to discuss. (If you are applying for academic/faculty positions, please attend our separate “Academic CVs” and “Cover Letters for the Academic Job Market” workshops.)

Graduate Writing Groups: Structured Writing Time for Large Projects

The Writing Center welcomes all UW-Madison graduate students to join us on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 OR Thursday mornings from 10:00-1:00 to work on writing projects of any kind. Together, we will share our writing goals and accomplishments and support one another in getting a substantial amount of writing done!

For Summer 2019, the Wednesday drop-in graduate writing group will begin on June 19, and run through August 7. The Thursday group will begin on June 20 and run through August 8. Please note that the group will not meet on Thursday, July 4, due to Independence Day.

No pre-registration is required for this group. Simply show up at Helen C. White Hall, Room 6172 (the room directly across from the Writing Center) by 1:00 on the Wednesdays that you can make it OR by 10:00 on the Thursdays you can make it. All we ask of you is to . . .

Be on time and plan to stay for the entire three hours

Come ready to write with a laptop and any other materials you may need

Consider bringing coffee or snacks to sustain your work throughout the morning

Be prepared to share your goals and accomplishments with other group members

If you have any questions about the drop-in grad writing groups, please contact Antonio Tang at Thanks and we hope to see you soon!