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EAL Graduate Writing Camp

What is EAL Graduate Writing Camp?

This intensive four-day program (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm) is designed to help graduate students who have English as an additional language develop their writing and grammar skills in order to help them edit their own work more effectively. This camp is offered in the summer semester and accommodates 25-30 students per program.

The camp includes eight workshops, independent writing time in a quiet workspace, writing consultations with Writing and EAL Specialists, and practice in self-editing your written work.

Is EAL Graduate Writing Camp for you?

  • Are you a graduate student working on a major paper, proposal, or dissertation?
  • Is writing in the English language a struggle for you?
  • Would you like long-term editing strategies to help you write more clearly and more quickly?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this camp is for you!

When will the next EAL Graduate Writing Camp be offered?

May 27-30, 2019

*Please note: Participants are expected to attend all 4 days of the program.

 What can you expect as a participant?

  • 8 hours of workshops on the following topics:
    • Basic grammar and sentence structure
    • Sentence structure errors and advanced grammar
    • Developing logic, style, and argument (sentences and paragraphs)
    • Paraphrasing strategies
    • Integrating sources (language for quoting and paraphrasing)  
    • Note: This camp DOES NOT focus on thesis/dissertation organization and structure -- for those topics, please consider attending Dissertation Boot Camp and/or Brain Food.  
  • 4 hours of self-editing time, during which you will practice your editing skills to find and correct errors in your writing
  • 9 hours of independent writing time, during which you will write, self-edit, and meet individually with a Writing or EAL Specialist
  • 4 hours of discussions and reflections, during which you will explore challenges and solutions in small groups 

How are participants selected?

This program accepts applications from graduate students with English as an additional language (EAL) who:

  • Are currently in the process of writing their major research paper, proposal, or dissertation
  • Are willing and able to attend the full four-day camp
  • Provide a 200-word academic writing sample in advance of the camp 

Postdoctoral students, visiting scholars/researchers, staff, and faculty are also welcome to register if they are currently working on a writing project. 

How do I apply?

  • Apply below. Please apply only to the first day of the camp (Monday, May 27). Your application to the first day automatically applies to all 4 days. Registration closes on May 13. 
Dates & Times:
9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday, May 27, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm, Thursday, May 30, 2019
Library 300A
McLaughlin Library
  EAL/ESL     Graduate  
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