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Writing Resources

What are you working on?

Planning & Preparation Strategies 

Reading & Research 

Outlining & Drafting 

Elements of Argument

Revision & Editing

Check out our schedule of upcoming workshops and events here


Workshop Recordings & Materials


Semester Planning

A step-by-step process for mapping out your writing assignments and planning your semester

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Transitioning into UW

How to apply what you already know about writing to the context of University Writing

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Essay Exam Preparation

Strategies for preparing and studying for timed essay exams

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Decoding Prompts

Strategies to read and interpret your assignment's instructions so you know what you’re being asked to do and what your instructor expects of you

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Juggling Multiple Assignments

Strategies for prioritizing tasks & making it easier to jump in and out of projects.

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Reading Strategies

Different strategies for different reading goals - and how to use them

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Close-Reading & Notetaking (with ODS)

Close-reading methods for making and organizing observations for textual analysis — in collaboration with the Office of Disability Services

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Reading for Research: From the Outside In

Strategies for reading sources to effectively and efficiently navigate the research process

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Specifying Research Questions

Strategies for generating and developing specific questions to guide and give direction to your research

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Outlining for the Scattered Mind

Nonlinear outlining strategies to capture ideas, structure drafts, and more easily move between different stages of the writing process

  • "Outlining for the Scattered Mind" Workshop Slides, February 2022
  • Spreadsheet Outlining Templates (Google Sheets)
    • Use the above link to make a copy of the Google Sheets document; you will then be able to edit, download, or duplicate your copy to use in your own projects.
    • If you receive a "request access" message, make sure you are logged into your Google Drive account.
    • All of the templates in the Sheets document are also shown in the workshop slides PDF above!

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Kickstart Your First Draft (with ODS)

Concrete strategies to make it easier to enter the drafting process and "hack" the blank page – in collaboration with the Office of Disability Services

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Getting Writing Done: How to "Sit Down & Write"

Hacking the brain's dopamine system to make it easier to initiate writing tasks

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Make Writing Easier for the Brain: Working Memory and Writing

How to use what we know about working memory to make the process of writing easier

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Creating a Conversation & Using Evidence Effectively

Unpacking the "conversation essay" genre with strategies for using multiple sources effectively

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Developing Claims

Strategies for developing strong, interesting arguments

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Introductions & Conclusions

Strategies for crafting introductions and conclusions, especially for long-form research projects, like UW's Progression 3 essay assignment 

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Revision: Implementing Feedback

Strategies for interpreting and applying reader feedback as you revise your draft

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Revision: Clarity & Style

Strategies for revising on the language level

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