Informal Academic Writing

Different situations call for different ways of putting words together. The way we write in academics differs greatly from the way we write a quick email to peers or colleagues. The tone, vocabulary, and syntax, all change as the occasion changes. This difference in the styles of writing is the difference between formal and informal writing.

In this 60 minute session, the COE Writing Center will help understand the difference in academic writing and what informal writing looks like in English and when it’s appropriate to use informal writing.  This session is open to all COE students, but might be most beneficial to first year, international graduate students.


When:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – 15:30 to 16:30
Where:  Miller 423A

Writing for All: A Campus Conversation on Working with Multilingual Students at a Global University

This event will include a workshop led by English professor John Webster on responding effectively to multilingual student writing and the first annual campus writing fair, featuring writing centers and resources at UW.

This event is co-sponsored by the CTL and the UW College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program.

Save the date: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

From Dissertation to Book: Writing for the Real WorldSession with University of Washington Press Editors

June 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m.,
Odegaard, Room 220
Many graduate students imagine eventually turning their dissertation into a book but are unsure of what may be involved or how to begin. Join UW Press editors for an overview of academic book publishing and a discussion of how successful books differ from dissertations; what presses do; how to identify and approach an academic press; and emerging topics such as e-books and open access. Graduate students, junior faculty, and other interested members of the UW community are welcome. The session will be recorded for those who are interested but unable to attend. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today →

Tomorrow, February 12-APA Workshop

Baffled by APA formatting? Looking for someone to help you understand the rules and teach you some useful tricks along the way? Look no further!
Tuesday February 12th, from 3-4 in Research Commons, Room Green A.

Tutors from the Odegaard Writing and Research Center will be hosting an APA Formatting Workshop: Tuesday February 12th, from 3-4 in Research Commons, Room Green A. We’ll be walking through formatting for every tricky citation your next research paper might throw at you. You’ll have time to practice and ask questions as well.  We’ll even show you how to use endnote to do some of that citation work for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to demystify APA once and for all!

Questions can be directed to Cali Kopczick ( or Jesse O’Dunne (