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ASC Courses and Workshops: Postproposal Workshop

Workshop Student Testimonials

"This course helped me better understand various facets of writing that I have not been exposed to before such as synthesis, voice, and paraphrasing.  A couple of these items were skimmed over in my earlier courses, but this course went into the depth I needed."

"I have gotten more from these past couple of weeks than from several semesters in 8090."

"This is probably one of the best assistance programs that Walden University offers to date. I have made more progress in the past 5 weeks than I did in the past two quarters. This workshop is a must for anyone struggling to stay focused or on task with dissertation writing."

"I really want this option for the rest of my program. It has made this very difficult process much much better."

"I believe that this should be a required course after the 8100 courses.  It could reduce the amount of time that students spend writing their doctoral study."

 

Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Postproposal Sections

WCSS 8050 (quarters) and 8055 (semesters) 

O (zero) credits, 6 weeks

Ideal Students

  • Doctoral students who have a working draft of the postproposal sections (e.g., results, discussion, conclusion, recommendations) of their dissertation, project, or doctoral study but find themselves needing writing guidance and support. (NOTE: Students must already have an approved proposal to be eligible for this workshop.) 

Course Description

This small-group writing workshop is for doctoral students who have a working draft of the postproposal sections (e.g., results, discussion, conclusion, recommendations) of their dissertation, project, or doctoral study but find themselves needing writing guidance and support. (Students must already have an approved proposal to be eligible for this workshop.) With the assistance of the faculty, students will spend 6 weeks writing and revising the postproposal sections through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with their colleagues. They will get to know the required components of these sections and have an opportunity to learn how to address common writing issues, such as APA, tables and figures, scholarly voice, and writer’s block.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback students receive will be anchored in their own work. In addition to further developed postproposal sections, at the end of the workshop, students will have a tailored plan based on their specific needs to ensure that they can continue to make progress on their draft. 

Workshop Curriculum Details

  • You must have a working draft of your proposal in order to take a workshop. 
  • The workshops are 6 weeks long. In week 1 you write a short self-reflection on your perceptions of your strengths and weaknesses in writing. 
  • In each of weeks 2-5 you will submit a 3-5 page segment of your draft. If you are in a workshop that focuses on a specific section (e.g., introduction, lit review) you must submit segments from that section for review. If you take Revising and Editing the Proposal (WCSS 8010 or 8015, depending on whether you are on quarters or semesters, respectively), you can submit segments from any part of your proposal. 
  • In week 6 you create a plan for moving forward with your proposal based on the feedback you received in weeks 2-5. 
  • Building community is an important part of the workshops. To that end, you will also have weekly discussions with other students about topics that a number of people in the class are struggling with. You will be responsible for making discussion posts and responses during all six weeks. While you may opt out of one discussion reply during weeks 2-5, all other discussion posts are mandatory.

 

Registration Information

Contact your academic advisor to register for a workshop.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Students must have an approved proposal to take this workshop.
  2. These workshops require you to submit a 2-3 page writing excerpt of your draft of the appropriate document (e.g., for the proposal workshop you will need to submit a 2-3 page writing excerpt of your proposal draft; for the literature review workshop you will need to submit a 2-3 page writing excerpt of your literature review draft). You must include the 2-3 page excerpt in your e-mail registration request to your academic advisor, and let them know in which workshop and term you would like to enroll (e.g., WCSS 8010, March 2, 2015 start). 
  3. We recommend students only take one doctoral writing workshop at a time. 

Cost

Each workshop costs $195. This amount does not include any applicable taxes and/or fees.

Questions about the WCSS courses or workshops?

Do you have a question about the WCSS courses or workshops? Please e-mail us at wcsscourses@mail.waldenu.edu. We will respond within 48 hours (please allow more time on weekends and holidays).