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SKIL 8020/8025:
Revising and Editing the Introduction

The Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Introduction is a 0 credit, 6-week course for doctoral students who have a working draft of their introduction, are committed to an area of research for their dissertation, project study, or doctoral study, and are unclear as to how to introduce and articulate its importance to a scholarly audience.

NOTE: Students must already have an approved premise or prospectus to be eligible for this workshop.


Free tuition for current Walden doctoral students. Students are responsible for any applicable fees, including the tech fee

Workshop Information

Course Description

With the help of the writing faculty member, workshop participants will spend 6 weeks advancing the draft of the Introduction through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with the students’ peers.

Students will get to know the required components of the Introduction and have the opportunity to learn how to describe their study, its purpose, and its intentions, as well as address common writing issues associated with the Introduction, such as writing a strong problem statement, articulating the gap in the literature or practice, applying correct use of APA and source citations, and overcoming writer’s block.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback that students receive will be anchored in their own work. The goal of this workshop is to help students make progress toward the completion of the Introduction.  As needed, the writing faculty member will help create a tailored plan based on students’ specific needs to ensure that they can continue to advance their draft.

Course Outcomes
  • Week 1: Self-reflection: Strengths and weaknesses in writing
  • Week 2: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 3: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 4: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 5: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 6: Create a plan for moving forward
Register for a SKIL course or workshop

To Register for any SKIL course or workshop, contact your Student Success Advisor.

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Term Dates

Quarter Term Dates

SKIL 8020
0 credits, 6 weeks​

Semester Term Dates

SKIL 8025
0 credit, 6 weeks


Frequently Asked Questions

How much time can I expect to spend on a SKIL course?

Most SKIL courses are 1.5 quarter credits and 1 semester credit. Therefore, according to Walden’s Credit Hour Guidelines, you should expect to spend 42 total hours on SKIL coursework. This translates to 10.5 hours per week for 4-week courses, 7 hours per week for 6-week courses, and 5.25 hours per week for 8-week courses. Note that these numbers are only an estimate, as the actual time spent depends largely on the student and their specific abilities and needs.

Are there any required texts for SKIL courses or workshops?

Most of our courses and workshops require the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (i.e., APA manual). This is the only text we require; other learning resources are built into the classroom.

How are SKIL Courses Graded?

SKIL courses, seminars, and workshops are graded on the S (Satisfactory) / U (Unsatisfactory) system. Grades in SKIL courses do appear on your transcript, but the grades do not impact your Grade Point Average (GPA).


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Testimonial 2

"This course was a great accountability partner for keeping a strong writing pace."



"With the support of both the course content and instructor's guidance, I am confident I have developed a solid proposal introduction. I was able to accomplish more proposal progress in the past 6 weeks than in the previous 12+ months. It was a truly positive experience. Thank you!"



"Nice to have a class focused just on writing without all the other research issues getting in the way.  Some good comments which my chair also appreciated."