Northwestern University

Mon 10:00 AM

Workshop: Writing Compelling Abstracts and Titles

When: Monday, February 11, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Rd, Room 250, Graduate Student Commons, 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Student

Contact: Elizabeth Lenaghan  

Group: Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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When evaluating academic work, abstracts and titles are often the first (and sometimes the only) writing a reviewer encounters. This workshop begins with the basics, covering the essential information that both abstracts and titles must convey. We will then discuss how to approach abstracts of different lengths – from 150-words up to 2 single-spaced pages – specifically addressing what details should be contained in larger abstracts that are left out of shorter ones.  Finally, we’ll cover more nuanced topics such as: (1) balancing cleverness and creativity with clarity and keywords in titles; (2) how to write abstracts for lay versus professional audiences; (3) making abstracts shorter and more concise; and (4) how to avoid too much repetition when writing a series of ‘abstracts’ as part of a single portfolio. Participants in the workshop will be provided with abstracts and titles from a number of disciplines to evaluate and compare. They will also be encouraged to bring an abstract (either their own or someone else’s) from their own discipline in order to apply learned techniques and principles to work in their field. To register, please visit:
Graduate Student Commons, Monday, February 11, 10am-noon
This event is sponsored by the Writing Program and TGS. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lenaghan ( in the Graduate Writing Place.

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