Writing Support

hand holding pen and writingCEGE offers free writing support to all currently enrolled graduate students at Stan State. During the Fall 2019 semester, we offer:

  • Writing consultation appointments
  • Writing workshops
  • Thesis/dissertation formatting workshop (offered by the University Library)

 

Writing Consultation Appointments Fall 2019

Individualized 30-60-minute meetings (in-person, or online using Zoom) with a writing coach to get feedback on a writing assignment. Discuss and receive help on any aspect of writing, from developing your ideas, to organization, style, or syntax. CEGE writing support coaches do not offer editing services. Faculty members who participate with CEGE offer professional, targeted feedback to help improve the quality of graduate student writing.

Instructions for consultations.
1. Please email to one of our writing coaches to reserve a writing consultation at least 24 hours before the date and time you would like to meet. Be sure to indicate whether you would like a 30 min. or 60 min. session.
2. In the email, please provide your name, degree program, and your goal for the writing consultation.

Meet our Writing Coaches

Dr. Jeniffer Pace Wittman holds a Master's degree in English from Southern Illinois University, and in Spring 2018 she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She began teaching in 2002 as a graduate student at Southern Illinois. After graduating with her MA, she taught high school English and Communication in Texas for one year, and then returned to teach at the university level at both the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College in McAllen, Texas. She moved to Turlock in 2007 and has been teaching at Stan State ever since.

Email Dr. Pace Wittman here

During Fall 2019, Dr. Pace Wittman is available the following days
From September 9th to November 22nd
Available times:
Mondays 1-3pm (face to face)
Tuesdays 6-9pm (via zoom)

Dr. Monica Flores is a full time faculty member in the Department of English. She is an active faculty member who actively participates in activities that support students' academic success at our campus.

Email Dr. Flores here

During Fall 2019. Dr. Flores will be available the following days:
From September 3rd to December 6th
Available times:
Mondays 3:30-5pm (face to face & via zoom)
Thursdays 10-11:30am (face to face & via zoom)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:00-8:00pm (face to face & via zoom)

Writing Workshops Fall 2019

Navigating Grad School Part 1: Living with your Research Project
Date: October 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Location: MSR 160 CEGE Conference room
Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Pace Wittman

What to expect from this workshop. Both new and established graduate students often struggle to find their “academic voice” when they have to write assignments for a Master’s or Doctoral program. Dr. Pace Wittman will guide you in the process of using your writing time efficient-ly, developing effective writing habits, and identifying clear pathways to explain your ideas. During this workshop you will interact with other graduate students and share your experiences, struggles, fears, and ac-complishments! We look forward to seeing you there .

Navigating Grad School Part 2: Finding and Entering the Academic Conversation
Date: November 1, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: MSR 160 CEGE Conference room
Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Pace Wittman

What to expect from this workshop. Both new and established graduate students often struggle to communicate their ideas clearly and in-tegrate bibliographic references in their written assignments for a Master’s or Doctoral program. Dr. Pace Wittman will guide you in the process of learning how to create clear arguments in which your ideas and biblio-graphic resources are integrated effectively. During this workshop you will interact with other graduate students and share your experiences, struggles, fears, and accomplishments! We look forward to seeing you there.

Literature Review Support: Planning, Structuring, and Writing
Date/time: September 26th 1:00-2:30pm
                 October 3rd 10:00-11:30 am

Location: MSR 160 CEGE Conference room
Facilitator: Dr. Steven Drouin


What to expect from this workshop. This workshop will guide you through the planning, structuring, and writing of your literature review for your MA thesis, MA project, or dissertation. The workshop will cover how to read scholarly articles and using templates for organizing important information found therein. We will look at outlines and samples of literature reviews to formalize your thinking. Finally, we will look at sentence frames and language structures to build the bones of your paper. You will leave with both knowledge and organizing tools to help make your literature review awesome!!

Thesis/Project/Dissertation Formatting Workshop

Hosted by the University Library, this workshop will focus on the University's preparation guidelines for a master's thesis or project and doctoral dissertation. A review of the organization of the thesis/dissertation will be presented and sample layouts examined from the online thesis/dissertation template. Formatting tips and problem areas will be discussed, as well as the process for submitting the thesis, project, or disseration.

This orientation will be held in room LX27: Library Instruction Classroom in the Library Annex.
•Wednesday, 9/25, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

•Tuesday, 10/15, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Drop-in Hands-on Consultation Stuck with formatting issues? Don’t know where to start? This is a drop-in session for hands-on assistance in using the online template when formatting your thesis, project, or dissertation. This consultation will be held in room LX27: Library Instruction Classroom in the Library Annex.
•Thursday, 11/21, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

•Wednesday, 12/4, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

No RSVP required.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Email the University Library or call (209) 664-6570