Elissa Guralnick, Professor of English, College of Music

In academic writing, the argument is all.  Whatever the discipline, whatever the genre—whether a book, an article, or a proposal for funding—the argument establishes failure or success.  This workshop offers strategies for discovering a cogent thesis from among a welter of illusory choices, for stating the thesis unambiguously, for qualifying it intelligently, for defending it vigorously.

Each workshop will meet three times and enroll three participants.  Each participant will be expected to submit, in advance, a document that has proved troublesome to write or revise.  At the group’s first meeting, these documents will form the basis for discussion.  Participants will then revise and meet again for further discussion of their work.  The goals of the workshop will be to transform the submissions into publishable documents.  

Enrollment in these workshops is open to Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Instructors, Senior Instructors and Scholars-in-Residence, as per your official HR Job Class. Attendance at all three sessions of the workshop is required.  If you are not available for all three dates listed, please choose another workshop.

TO ENROLL, please click here, or click the link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.   Enrollment in each workshop is limited to the first three registrants.  Preference will be given to faculty who have not participated previously in an FTEP writing workshop


Title Date Time Location


Tuesdays, February 4, 11, & 18 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ATLAS 336

Wednesdays, March 5, 12, & 19


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ATLAS 336

Thursdays, April 3, 10, & 17


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ATLAS 336



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