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November 4, 2019

Graduate-level advanced writing course offered spring 2020 for cross-disciplinary students

Submitted by Cydney Alexis

For spring 2020, the English department is piloting an advanced writing course for graduate students across the curriculum at the master's and doctoral levels who wish to make progress on their degree or course writing projects and hone their reading and writing skills.

The ideal students for this course are those who wish to work on their academic writing and improve their awareness of academic writing conventions. Class writing projects will be students' program writing projects. Students working on theses and dissertations will produce writing toward those projects; students not at the project stage will complete assignments required by their coursework or field.

As reading is critical to developing writing skill, students will rigorously read academic texts in a variety of disciplines. In addition, participants will read advanced writing texts such as "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace and How to Write a Lot."

Participants will learn about writing hygiene, steps toward producing successful master's and doctoral writing projects, and academic writing conventions. K-State professors in a diverse set of fields will present to the class on writing and publishing in their disciplines and will share samples of their work. Participants will share writing with their peers, the course professor, and the Writing Center. Participants should expect, then, to rigorously read, write, and collaborate.

For permission to enroll, please contact Cydney Alexis at calexis@k-state.edu. The enrollment cap is 15 students.

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