Navigating the Master's Degree

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center) 434 Farm Ln, East Lansing MI 48824

This interactive writing workshop, given at least once a semester, is designed to help students develop an individualized plan for understanding graduate school more generally and graduate writing more specifically. This workshop is designed for students in both the early and latter years of their master’s degree study. See below for the description.

In this 4-hour workshop, the focus will be on understanding the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, navigating master’s degree coursework and graduation options (thesis, exams, portfolios, etc.), locating and using professional and personal support resources, and writing for degree and future job requirements. Participants will create academic timelines for their master’s work (coursework, conference presentations, internships, etc.) at MSU, and discuss technologies and habits that can help them stay on task. Participants will also discuss how to manage the stress that often pervades the life of master’s students, and how to select and work with a committee.  The workshop will end by having participants explore and share their current writing practices, and writing and revision strategies, as well as sharing strategies for overcoming writer's block and procrastination.