Graduate Student Resources

Writing Resources for graduate students: The files below are a selection of handouts used for a writing workshop entitled The Art of Writing & Editing Graduate School Papers presented to graduate students at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Grammar Basics Review

A SHORT selection of grammar tips for writing sentences, avoiding run-on sentences, active vs. passive verbs, pronouns, et cetera.

 

Creating a Thesis

Summary of what a thesis is and how to create a strong one versus a weak one

 

Planning a Paper Creating an Outline

Advice on how to plan a paper from idea to completion with suggestions for creating an outline

 

Process Chart for writing a paper

A step-by-step chart for writing and editing a paper

 

Time Management for Writing Assignments

An example of building a timeline for an assignment to get it completed on time

 

Writing and editing tips

30 useful tips for writing, editing, formatting, and managing graduate school writing assignments

 

What Makes a Good Writer

Advice on the writing process as well as specific tips for writing an academic paper

 

Words We Confuse

English has many words that sound the same but have very different meanings; this handout lists some of them. Students who don’t know the exact meaning of a word are advised to look it up in the dictionary before using it in a paper.

 

Web Resources

A selection of website with helpful tips on writing and formatting papers

 

 

“The secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what – these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence. And they usually occur in proportion to education and rank.” (emphasis mine)

William Zinsser in On Writing Well