PhD Summer Writing and Presentation Workshops

The Frank Center launched the PhD Summer Writing Initiative in 2014. Since then, it has served over 100 Tippie doctoral students in all departments. The Writing Workshop is an 8-week program that provides support to students as they work to improve their academic writing. The Job-Talk and Presentation Workshop develops students' confidence in talking about their research.

Writing Resources


“Writer’s Diet” test for whether a sentence is “fit or flabby”

The Paramedic Method, a systematic method for editing a paper

University of Iowa Thesis and Dissertation Resources

Suggestions for structuring a PhD dissertation proposal introduction (pdf)


Excerpt's from Helen Sword's Stylish Academic Writing:

        Smart Sentencing

        Hooks and Sinkers