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Discipline-Specific Writing Workshops

Discipline-Specific Writing Workshops

Does being able to write an A-grade expository essay about business ethics guarantee that one is able to craft a convincing business proposal?

Qualities such as clarity, conciseness, coherence and grammatical correctness are characteristic of any good writing. However, different writing tasks even within the same discipline require specific skills that need to be mastered by someone new to the discipline or writing task.
These writing tasks range from reports, abstracts, and proposals to critiques, reviews, response papers, position papers, and literature reviews. Depending on the nature of the writing task, its purpose and intended audience, differences can be expected in terms of the following elements:

  • Writing style and tone
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization
  • Format
  • Use of visual elements
  • Use of other sources
  • Citation conventions

 

Mastering the skills required to meet the writing demands of a discipline enables one to effectively engage in knowledge creation and communication within the discipline as writing plays a significant role in thinking and learning processes. 

To improve the discipline-specific writing skills of students, CEC runs Writing in the Disciplines workshops. These workshops focus on particular writing tasks within a course in the following way:

  • Establishing the context of the writing task, and expectations
  • Highlighting both linguistic and non-linguistic features of sample texts
  • Assessing the quality of sample texts
  • Drawing attention to common pitfalls
  • Guiding participants in their initial attempts at writing or rewriting a text

 

 

 

Workshops have been successfully conducted for writing business proposals and think pieces for the School of Information Systems, the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, and the School of Social Sciences.
 
Click here to request a workshop for your course.
 
If you have trouble accessing the First Contact Form, please click here to download an MS Excel version of the form, and email it as an attachment to: cec@smu.edu.sg.

 

An interview with Associate Professor John Donaldson:

 

 

Last updated on 29 Nov 2016 .