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Dissertation Writing Workshops

This series of workshops is designed to address the dissertation writing process for graduate students in engineering. Developed with the help of current and former graduate students, each workshop addresses a different challenge of the dissertation writing process. Attendees will become familiar with writing and editing strategies, literature reviews for dissertations, and tools to improve the writing workflow.

This series is designed for graduate students in engineering, but is open to any member of the UC Berkeley community. 

FALL 2020 NOTE: Our Dissertations Support Series is paused for the Fall 2020 semester, but dissertation help through the Graduate Division is available. 


Planning and Writing the Dissertation

Wednesday, September 4th, 2:00 - 3:30pm

110 MD Bechtel (Engineering Library Training room)

Sabrina Soracco: Director, Graduate Writing Center 

In partnership with the Graduate Division, Sabrina Soracco will provide the basic strategies of successfully writing a doctoral dissertation. It will cover both strategies for organizing a large research project and for writing up the results of that project. This workshop is most helpful for people who are in the planning stages and actively writing their dissertations.

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Improving Writing Workflows

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2:00 - 3:00pm

110 MD Bechtel (Engineering Library Training Room)

Lisa Ngo, Anna Sackmann: Kresge Engineering Library 

This workshop will focus on writing workflows through guided discussion on citation management, tips on finding supporting literature, and managing the research and writing process through Overleaf. Librarians will provide guidance on effective searching techniques and managing various types of resources. Additionally, the workshop will cover documentation workflows that aid future reproducibility and methods to share work during the writing process. This workshop is most helpful for people who are in the planning stages and actively writing their dissertations.

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Wednesday, November 6th, 1:00 - 3:00pm

110 MD Bechtel (Engineering Library Training room)

Sabrina Soracco: Director, Graduate Writing Center 

In partnership with the Graduate Division, Sabrina Soracco will lead this workshop on how to edit and revise your dissertation. The following topics will be covered: how a professional editor works with a manuscript; how you can use the techniques of an editor to revise your own writing; and how you can diagnose and avoid common writing errors and weaknesses. The goal of this workshop is to enable workshop participants to be able to step back and use the skills of a professional editor to revise and improve their own writing. During the second half of this workshop, students will have an opportunity to edit and revise their dissertations. This workshop is most helpful for people who are actively writing, editing, and revising their dissertations.

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Writing Help by Appointment

TBD