Whether you are a native English speaker or an English language learner, a college student or a graduate student who needs a refresher, this course will help you master the essentials of academic writing. As a long-time writing professor and academic writing coach, I am excited to share the secrets of making your professors (and everyone else) happy to read your writing. I will coach you on how to read, understand, and respond appropriately to any academic writing assignment. We will look at common questions about the use of first person vs. third person and active vs. passive voice. You will learn to maximize your grades by minimizing common writing errors. The class is designed to pack a lot of learning into a short amount of time so that you can apply your skills to your very next assignment. Use the video lessons and custom workbook to hone your understanding and practice your skills. Best of all, the skills you learn in this class are applicable to every paper you write in college and will serve you well on the job or in applications. Join me for a fresh, fun look at academic writing.
Please print workbook and use to complete exercises for each section.
The introduction is a unique genre that requires very specific skills. We will look at different expectations of the introduction and different ways to create one.
Making generalizations is necessary in academic work, but over generalizing weakens your arguments and credibility. Learn how to generalize responsibly using key phrases.
All academic work is a dialogue with other thinkers and quotations are one of the main ways we engage with other texts in our writing. Learn how to incorporate quotes responsibly and without risk of plagiarism.
Common grammar, spelling, and punctuation are a dead give-away that you're a beginner. Clean up your act with this quick easy refresher on basic rules.
My passion is helping graduate students and faculty use writing to express their scholarly interests. Nearly all scholarly projects are grounded in writing, yet writing is rarely explicitly taught at advanced levels. My personal and professional mission is to make excellent writing instruction and coaching available to graduate student and faculty writers. I consult with individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad to support scholarly writing. I did my undergraduate work at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges and earned my Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. You can find more about my work online.