Upcoming Workshops & Events

The Ott Memorial Writing Center offers free workshops on a variety of topics connected to writing. All workshops are open to all members of the Marquette community. Register here!

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Workshop or Event Title Date and Time Location Description

Creating Research Posters


February 7 (Thursday)


Digital Studio Lab

In conjunction with the Digital Studio Lab, and in preparation for graduate student week, we're holding a workshop on distilling your research into an engaging and effecient presentation. All are welcome, but this workshop is intended primarily for graduate students preparing to present during graduate student week. 

Explorer Challenge Grant

February 14 (Thursday)

3p.m. to 4:30p.m.


CFPs and Abstracts

February 18

5:30p.m. to 6:30.

Raynor 245

Applying to a conference for the first time? Struggling to figure out what exactly a panel is looking for? In this workshop we'll discuss tips for reading sometimes dense and/or vague calls for papers as well as how to write a guided, efficient abstract (whether you've started writing the paper or not). 


Getting Published as a Graduate Student

February 20

10:00a.m. to 11:00



Getting published is an important part of a productive academic career, but learning to navigate the various stages can be challenging.  This 50-minute session—co-led by the Coordinator of Marquette’s Scholarly Communication & Digital Programs and the Director of Marquette’s Ott Memorial Writing Center—will provide both an overview and opportunities for discussion.  How do you identify promising venues for publication?  How do you tailor a manuscript for publication in a particular journal?  How do you navigate the logistics of submission?  What do you do (and not do) when rejections or revise and resubmits come back?  How do you think about the relationship between your larger project (like a dissertation) and stand-alone publications?  How might you protect and share your intellectual property in the short and long term?  Variations between disciplines will frame our conversation as well.

Personal Statements

February 23 (Saturday)

1:00p.m to 2:00


Raynor 245 If you're planning on a medical school, law school, or a PhD this workshop will provide tips for writing the most effective personal statement possible. Come for help on this tricky genre, whether your revising your statement again or writing one for the first time, and learn how to make an impression on the application committee. 
Preparing a Conference Paper

March 4

5:00p.m. to 6:00

Raynor 245 Now that your abstract is written and accepted, how do you begin writing (or widdling) the paper to be proper conference length while still making clear your argument? A continuation, of sorts, of our "CFPs and Abstracts" workshop, here we'll cover the ins and outs of preparing a conference presentation paper, whether your scaling a previous paper or writing something from scratch. 
Teaching Philosophies

March 21

5:00p.m. to 6:00

Raynor 245 No matter your level of experience, your pedagogy can always benefit from some rethinking. In this workshop we'll discuss various approaches to thinking and writing your approach to teaching, and consider some examples of completed philosophies. 
Teaching Portfolios

March 28

12:00p.m. to 1:00

Raynor Suite D

Of increasing necessity in education is an online portfolio. Stop by this workshop to learn what goes in an effective portfolio, other materials schools might be looking for, and how to begin crafting your own online portfolio. 

Presenting with PowerPoint/Prezi

April 1

5:00p.m to 6:00

Raynor 245 Presenting and lecturing with multimedia tools can lead to problems or be downright distracting. Come to this workshop to learn some effective strategies for utilizing, in particular, PowerPoint and Prezi as supplements to your presentation/lecture. We'll cover dos and don'ts of presenting with these tools and general tips for keeping the focus on your words and not a wall of text.