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Webinars: Scholarly Writing

Appropriate Use of First Person and Avoiding Bias

Confused about whether the first person "I" is allowed in academic writing at Walden? Unsure of how to avoid bias in your scholarly work? Join this webinar to learn Walden's and APA's policy on the use of first person, as well as various ways to avoid biased language and ideas in your writing.

Before You Write: Critical Reading Strategies for Academic Writers

Before you can analyze or synthesize in your document, you need a solid understanding of the sources you intend to use. Critical reading is a key part of the academic writing process and can be a quite different task than reading in general. In this new webinar, three Writing Center Writing Instructors will model and provide tips for strong critical reading to help you incorporate analysis and synthesis in your writing.

Beginnings and Endings: Introduce and Conclude Your Writing

This webinar highlights two essential aspects of any paper or discussion post: the introduction and the conclusion. What is an appropriate way to introduce your main topic? How should these paragraphs interact with the rest of the paper? In this webinar, we will answer these questions and more, exploring several examples and discussing tips for successful introductions and conclusions.

Building and Organizing Academic Arguments

As a scholar, the purpose of your writing is to create an argument for the reader to consider. Thus, you also need to know how to convey that argument in a persuasive, convincing way.

In this session, discover how to construct an academic argument as well as how to present it through your writing in with a focus on thesis statements, organization, using evidence, and paraphrasing.

Demonstrating Critical Thinking in Writing Assignments

Demonstrating critical thinking through writing is one of the tasks of a scholar. This webinar explores strategies for incorporating critical thinking in your writing, highlighting how to use sources to support your own ideas and create a thesis statement. In particular, you'll learn about four essential components: (1) thesis statements; (2) paraphrasing; (3) analysis; and (4) synthesis.

Developing a Paper: From Discussion Post to Course Paper

Throughout your course work you'll need to write discussion posts and papers. What if you could use a discussion post as the start of a paper, though? Using discussion posts as the basis for a paper is a great way to develop ideas and save time. Join us to learn more about how you can develop a great discussion post into a fantastic paper.

Five Ways to Create Flow in Your Academic Writing

You might have great ideas and research, but you won’t have a strong academic paper unless you can bring your writing together cohesively. In this webinar, you will learn five strategies for creating flow in your writing at both the paper and sentence level.

How to Avoid Bias in Your Writing, Part 1: Using Affirmative and Inclusive Language

Language evolves, as does our understanding of inclusivity. In this webinar, we discuss an overview of APA 7's new bias-free language guidelines, including

  • Affirming and inclusive language: What is it, and why is it important?
  • Strategies for objective and accurate communication
  • Writing about specific topics such as age, disability, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality


Improving Your Writing: Strategies for Revising, Proofing, and Using Feedback

This webinar will discuss the revision process in all its forms, including explaining the difference between proofreading and revising, how to revise on your own, how to revise using Writing Center or peer feedback, and how to revise using faculty feedback.

Prewriting Techniques: Taking the First Steps

In this session we will discuss various prewriting techniques, ways to brainstorm ideas and gather your thoughts, all in preparation for writing your paper. These techniques will help you avoid writer's block and make your writing process as efficient as possible.

Six Steps to Developing Your Writing Process

Audience: All students

Become familiar with the writing process by visualizing it at various stages, from brainstorming to the final draft and reflection. Students will learn six steps of the writing process and tips for each step.

(Note that this webinar replaces the "Life Cycle of a Paper" webinar.)

Synthesis and Thesis Development

Synthesizing, the act of integrating different sources to support your ideas, is essential to advancing your academic argument. Join this webinar to learn how to approach synthesis and thesis development in your draft, helping you to integrate both to improve your writing.

What About Me? Using Personal Experience in Academic Writing

Walden students often have valuable practical experience that they bring to their education, but it can be difficult to know when that experience should be used in academic assignments. Watch this webinar to learn how your experience can influence your writing and the appropriate ways to incorporate it. This webinar will be most relevant for students early in their program for writing their coursework assignments.

Writing and Responding to Discussion Posts

As a Walden student, you'll write many discussion posts in your courses. Attend this webinar to learn the Writing Center's tips on how to create strong discussion posts and how to respond to your classmates' discussion posts.

Using the MEAL Plan to Write and Revise Academic Paragraphs

Paragraphs are the building blocks of academic papers, and writing a strong paragraph can be harder than it seems. But don't worry! In this interactive webinar, we'll share a method--loved by students and faculty--for strengthening your paragraphs. In this webinar, we discuss the role of a paragraph in an academic paper, learn the MEAL Plan strategy for paragraph organization, and practice evaluating paragraph(s) using the MEAL Plan. After the presentation, pause the webinar and use our Paragraph Checklist to evaluate and revise a paragraph(s) of your own.

Note: This webinar replaces an earlier webinar titled, "Writing Effective Academic Paragraphs."