CAPC Summer Science Communication Workshops
Note: All workshops will be conducted over zoom. The zoom link will be sent to those who RSVP.
There are no upcoming workshops at this time.
Saying It and Slaying It: Stylish Academic Prose
Monday, November, 11, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm
Is your prose sluggish? Abstract? Vague? Just plain boring? Are you looking to engage your readers without sacrificing accuracy or clarity? Do you want to build confidence in your writing? Then this is the workshop for you. This two-part workshop focuses on style — the subjective choices in form, tone, rhythm, and voicing that fundamentally affect the authority, poise, and effectiveness of a written work. In the first session, we will review common issues in clarity, flow, and syntax. Through a series of exercises, we will then compile a set of key terms, concepts, and heuristics for diagnosing stylish choices (or unstylish missteps). In the second session, students will bring in a piece of their own writing to revise. We will also try our hand at implementing figurative language and rhetorical devices in academic prose. Each two-part session is limited to 15 participants.
Session II: open to all Rice community members
Part 1: Monday, Nov. 11 5-6 p.m.
Part 2: Monday, Nov. 18 5-6 p.m.
Build Your English Vocabulary
Wednesday, February, 12, 2020, 12:30-2:00 pm
This workshop is designed for non-native English-speaking students—undergraduate and graduate—who are seeking to expand their academic vocabulary. Students will be introduced to tools and strategies that will help them understand and learn new words and phrases from a variety of sources—from emails and news sites, to assigned readings and reports. Additionally, students will discover tools to aid them as they learn how to use new vocabulary in appropriate contexts. Participants will learn to approach every encounter with English as an opportunity to expand their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete short assignments based on selected reading and writing samples and will be offered individual consultations. Limited to 15 participants.
Date & Time: Wednesdays, February, 12, 19, 26, 12:30-2pmInstructor: Elizabeth Cummins Munoz
CAPC Writing Workshop and Retreat for Graduate Students
Friday, February, 14, 2020, 10:00-3:30 pm
*This workshop is now full and registration is closed.*
The Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC) invites all Rice graduate students to participate in a workshop and writing retreat on Friday, February 14, 2020.
The event will offer a workshop on writing for a general audience in the morning and a writing retreat in the afternoon and is open to any graduate students interested in the topic and/or currently working on manuscripts. The event is limited to 15 participants.
The schedule is as follows:
10-11:30 AM: Workshop: Writing for a General Audience
Basic nonfiction writing techniques can transform your academic work into an editorial, a personal essay, a magazine article, or a general interest book. In this presentation, Dr. Jensen will identify simple, effective techniques that can make academic ideas accessible to a wider audience.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Joli Jensen
Joli Jensen is the Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication at the University of Tulsa, where she directs the Henneke Faculty Writing Program. She is the author of three books and numerous articles on media, culture, and social thought. Find out more at www.jolijensen.com.
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Lunch (offered to those participating in the entire event)
12:30 PM-3:30 PM: Writing Retreat
All events will take place in Herring 129. While students are welcome to register for either (or all) of the events (the workshop or the writing retreat), lunch will be provided for those who register for the entire day.
Oral Presentation Skills
Wednesday, February, 19, 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm
This series of 3 classes will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice the presentation skills most essential for academic and professional success. Students will learn practical techniques for designing, preparing and delivering an effective speech. In addition, students will learn to control nervousness and grow confidence. Each student will receive an individualized set of recommendations to help them become a better presenter and communicator. This workshop is targeted to graduate students, but advanced undergraduates are welcome. Limited to 15 participants.
Date & Time: Wednesdays, February, 19, 26, March 4, 4-6 pmInstructor: Katerina Belik