Writing Soft Skills Success Series: Narrative - The Power of Storytelling in Academia

Wed, Apr 24, 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
/ Location: SRB 2154

One of the fundamentals of good writing happens to also be one of the least considered: narrative. Whether you are writing your dissertation on British literature or a brief technical report in computer science, narrative is required. This is to say, contrary to popular belief, narrative is not a humanities-exclusive feature.

So what is narrative, and why does it matter? A simple way to consider narrative is to think of storytelling. For graduate writers, storytelling might seem childish and entirely out of place, but this isn't the case. After all, how are you supposed to convince grant reviewers that your research into alternative forms of energy deserves to be funded? How do you connect the various chapters in a dissertation so that the work doesn't read like eight separate pieces? Through narrative! But it isn't that simple; narrative has specific conventions and applications when it comes to academic writing.

Whether it's linking sentences, paragraphs, sections, or chapters, narrative allows good writing to flow. This workshop will teach participants the ins and outs of narrative. From there, participants will learn how to revise their writing to better position the narratives in their own works. Such skills will improve writers' abilities to connect with their audiences and will provide strategies to execute essential writing task including writing introductions and topic sentences.

​When: Wednesday,​ ​​April 24th, 12:45-1:45 P.M.
Where: SRB 2154
RSVP here but drop-ins are welcome!

Event Contact : Robby Nadler