General Calendar

Below is the general calendar for our course. Required and recommended readings for each class meeting will be added closer to the class date. Week of 16 January — Community building & course introduction

Week of 23 January — Introduction to academic publishing

For class 25 January 

Week of 30 January — Long term strategies for academic writing

For class 30 January 

  • Read The Craft of Research Part II Prologue, Chapter 3, & Chapter 4
  • Browse Appendix in The Craft of Research
  • Review Writing Resources portion of the Resources page
  • Use the UPenn Call for Papers (CFP) website and Google to locate 2 conferences related to your research
  • Set up your Preliminary Conference (if you have not done so already)
  • Review the Journal Reviews assignment

For class 01 February

  • Read “The Ethics of Research” in The Craft of Research  (pgs. 271-274)
  • Read the Academic Honesty statement in the syllabus
  • Read Lamar’s Academic Dishonesty policy
  • Work on your preliminary conference materials

Week of February 06 — Writing group preparations & independent research

For class 06 February

  • Read The Craft of Research Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read and annotate 2 of your research articles
  • Write 2 paragraph annotations of the articles you read (1 paragraph summarizing the article content, and 1 paragraph detailing how you anticipate using the source)
    • bring the annotations to class on 06 February
  • Complete your annotation schemes for sources and for documents

We do not meet face to face on 08 February. Use this time to move forward on your research and writing.

Since I promised an image per class meeting, here is the image for 08 February.


Courtesy of @AcademicsSay

Week of 13 February –Analyzing journals & articles

For class 13 February

  • Choose your target journal and read 2 articles in the journal.
  • Bring to class a printed copy of 1 of the journal articles you read. You may use an annotated copy, but a clean copy will benefit our class workshop.

For Class 15 February

  • Read 2 more articles for your research and writing. At least one of these should be an article from the journal in which you intend to publish.
  • Locate a copy of 1 full issue of your selected journal and have access to the issue in class
  • Be prepared for your writing group meeting. You will want to review the assignment for Writing Accountability Groups so that you come prepared for the first goal-setting meeting.

Week of 20 February — Creating a research space

For class 20 February 

  • Write a short journal analysis (less than 2 pages, typed) narrative based on your work in the 15 February workshop. Be certain to answer the workshop questions and explain anything that you could not answer (where you looked, what you hypothesize about answers) and ask any questions you still have about your journal.  Your submission should be typed and printed.
  • Familiarize yourself with The Craft of Research Chapters 7-13
    • We will not discuss all the material in these chapters because you are each at different points in your research and writing, but I expect you to be familiar with them during your individual conferences.

For class 22 February 

  • Read They Say, I Say:Preface (“Demystifying Academic Conversation)
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 14
    •  Chapter 15 OR 17 (choose the chapter appropriate to your topic)
  • Complete the template on page 15 of They Say, I Say. Be prepared to discuss this in class.
  • Try your hand at the template on page 9, filling this in for your topic.
  • Print the two completed templates (page 9 & page 15) and bring them to class.
  • Browse the newest resource: Academic Phrasebook (located permanently on the Resources page for this course)

Week of 27 February — Incorporating scholarship

For class 27 February 

    • Finish drafting your research space paper component and bring to class
    • Read The Craft of Research Chapter 14
    • Read They Say, I Say Chapters 1-3
    • Use your topic to practice with templates, using the templates in each of the following areas:
      • They Say template (p 23) — use 1 template
      • Making They Say Something You Say (p24-25) — use 1 template
      • Summary  (p 39) — use 2 templates
      • Introducing Quotations  (p 46) — use 3 templates
      • Explaining Quotations (p. 46-47) –use 3 templates
      • Bring your templates to class for discussion and submission

For class 01 March 

  • Stay home
  • Write

Week of 06 March — Techniques for academic writing (Part 1)

For class 06 March 

  • Read They Say, I Say Chapters 4&5
    • Copy all templates that work for your academic style in these chapters into a document on your computer
    • Choose 1 section of your paper that either needs writing or revising
      • write an L3 outline for the section
      • wait a day, then use the L3 outline for your daily writing
      • write a reflection of how effective the L3 outline was and how you might use this in future writings (feel free to adapt this future use to your writing style, as we discussed in class)
      • Print this section and bring it to class with you

For class 08 March 

  • Rewrite the section of your L3 outline turned in during class on 06 March & bring this section to class

Week of 12 March — Spring Break

Week of  20 March — Techniques for academic writing (Part 2)

For class 20 March 

    • Read They Say, I Say Chapters 6-10 and add useful templates to your personal template collection
    • Write, write, write
  • You want to have a mostly complete draft (all but introduction/conclusion) written by class on 27 March)

For Class 22 March

  • Diagnose your paper & bring a hard copy to class [I will no longer accept documents emailed that were required for submission in class.]
    • Identify all places where a naysayer might object to your argument
    • Locate the so-what in your thesis/introduction & in your conclusion. If you do not have a so-what in your paper, determine where it should be
    • Identify all sentence pairs that would benefit from a transition word/phrase
    • Identify all areas of your paper where meta commentary would benefit your readers

Week of 27 March — Developing your academic style

For Class 27 March

  • Finish any necessary revisions from your workshop and/or peer review
  • Read The Craft of Research Chapter 17 [required]
  • Read Chapters 3 & 4 of Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace [recommended]
  • Bring 2 pages from the middle of your paper to class [hard copy

For Class 29 March

  • Revise the paragraph your group worked on in class
  • Diagnose your paper from today’s workshop and bring 2 printed body pages to class for the workshop.

Week of 03 April — Writing group peer reviews

For Class 03 April

  • Bring 2 copies of your full draft to class with you for peer review. Do not include your name anywhere in the draft. 

For Class 10 April

  • Return to class with your blind peer review copy

Week of 10 April — Micromanaging sentences

For Class 12 April

  • Bring to class a copy of your revision plan & a clean copy of your draft

Week of 17 April — Getting your manuscript ready to send

For Class 17 & 19 April

  • Come to class ready to write!
  • Email me ideas for the upcoming student selected topic class periods

Week of 24 April — Student selected topics

Week of 01 May — Student selected topic

02 May – 08 May — Final Exams