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Research & Technical Writing Workshop


The SMCM Library, Archives & Media Center is sponsoring a Research & Technical Writing Workshop Series for students! The workshops will cover the research writing process from the planning and proposal stages through the writing and revision stages and includes a one-on-one session with workshop leader Sarah J. Pack.

Each workshop session is limited to 20 students. As the sessions build on each other, attendance all sessions is highly encouraged, but not required.
Use the buttons below to register for the sessions you wish to attend. Be sure to register for ALL sessions if you wish to attend the entire workshop series! 
After registering, please fill out the Google Form linked in your confirmation email. We are asking students to submit a piece of writing (this may be a outline or writing in any draft stages) to work on during the workshops.


Intro to the Writing Process






Writing & Revising


Workshop Outline

The Research & Technical Writing Workshop will cover the following topics over the course of three sessions:

Research Writing Process

Introduction to the research process, including the proposal process, literature review, and discussions of data, results, and analysis.

Qualities of Technical Writing

Learn the characteristics of high-quality technical writing.

Document Structure

Overview of how to structure each component of a research paper.


In depth discussions and exercises of the prewriting process: planning and organizing. Planning includes the research proposal process and data collection. Organizing includes outlining the paper and collecting sources.


We will walk through the writing and composition of each section of a typical research paper: introductory material, data and methods, results and analysis sections, conclusions, and appendices.

Document Design

Examples and discussions related to formatting a research paper, including incorporating tables and figures.

Revision Process

Exercises and discussions of common errors and how to correct them, review of grammar and syntax, and general rules of formal writing.

Individual Draft Conferences

Schedule a one-on-one session with Sarah for individualized help with your writing.


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