Revising and Editing the Proposal Doctoral Writing Workshop: CAEX 8010/8015

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SKIL 8010/8015:
Revising and Editing the Proposal 

The Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Proposal is a 0 credit, 6-week course for doctoral students who have a working draft of their dissertation, project, or doctoral study proposal but find themselves needing writing guidance and support.

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 assistance of the writing faculty member, students will spend 6 weeks advancing their Proposal through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with their peers. They will get to know the required components of the Proposal and have an opportunity to learn how to address common writing issues, such as APA, citing and referencing sources, clarity and concision, and writer’s block.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback students receive will be anchored in their own work. In addition to a further developed Proposal, 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.

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 8010
0 credits, 6 weeks​

Semester Term Dates

SKIL 8015
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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"I learned lots of lessons from this class, and I will always recommend this course to PhD students and Candidates."



"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 feel this is a necessary pre-dissertation writing course for all PhD Candidates."