No More Fear and Loathing: How to Get the Writing Support You Need

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  • If you have ever felt like your writing wasn’t up to Mason standards, or if you have ever contemplated an upcoming academic writing assignment with dread or even terror, you are certainly not alone. It’s common for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to begin a new degree feeling underprepared for the types of academic writing they will be required to deliver.  You may not have prepared a literature review as a high school student or developed a research prospectus at your undergrad institution.

    While inexperience and uncertainty are understandable, they are not an excuse for poor writing. Your faculty are expecting you to write at the level of the degree you are seeking, so it is time to stop fretting and build any skills that you are lacking!  Fortunately, the university has an excellent resource for becoming a stronger academic writer – The Writing Center.

    In addition to offering face-to-face, online, and video tutoring resources year-round, the Writing Center is also hosting a slate of workshops this semester targeting specific academic writing needs:


    Workshop   Date   Time   Location
    Strategies for Getting Started on a Draft   9/21   12:00 – 1:30 pm   Merten Hall 1201
    Five Techniques for Clear Writing   9/27   12:00 – 1:30 pm    Merten Hall 1201
    Online Resources for Improving Word Choice & Grammar in Academic Writing   10/4   12:00 – 1:30 pm   Merten Hall 1201
    Strategies for Revising a Draft   10/25   12:00 – 1:30 pm   Merten Hall 1201
    From Casual to Scholarly: Strategies for Elevating Your Prose   11/1   12:00 – 1:30 PM   Merten Hall 1201
    Personal Statements for Graduate School Applications   11/8   12:00 – 1:30 pm   Merten Hall 3300


    The workshops are free and open to all Mason students, but registration is required. Click the links above to learn more about each workshop and to register. Unable to attend a workshop?  Make the time to explore the many other resources available at the Writing Center website.

    Take action to become a more confident and effective academic writer. You may not have been born knowing how to write the perfect paper, but with the right support and a desire to learn you can achieve writing success!