Exploring Scholarly Writing

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One of the things that I was excited to discover about the Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling MA program were the many resources that the department offers to help develop the scholarly writing of its students.  So while there is a thesis that I will need to complete before I can officially graduate from the program, there is a lot of comfort in knowing that there are many resources I can use in the journey to finishing it.

There are two people who work specifically with students in the DMTC department on their papers: Bethany Brownholtz and Sondra Malling.  They are both able to make appointments to discuss any issues we may be experiencing with written assignments.  They can provide feedback on the organization/flow, grammatically incorrect sentences, as well as identify areas of the paper that need more clarification.

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While Bethany and Sondra offer one-on-one help, they have also offered quite a few workshops throughout the course of the program.  The great thing about these workshops is that, while they have been very informative, they have also been quite creative and entertaining.  In one workshop entitled “Don’t be a ‘punk’ know your punctuation”   Bethany has created a parody to Katy Perry’s, “I Kissed a Girl” which she has changed to “ I used a semi-colon and I liked it.”  The lyrics, while witty and clever, are also informative of different contexts in which the semi-colon may be a useful tool in our writing as students.  They have also offered workshops, which have educated us on grammar as well as APA style.

So, as I round the point in this program where I begin to write my literature review, I feel more confident in my writing having attended these workshops.