Hi, wgss students!


I’m your writing tutor, kate, and I’m glad you’re here.

This page includes information that may be of particular interest to graduate students who are writing their Certificate final paper. Also check out the Resources page for more tips!

resources to aid you in writing your final project

(constantly being updated)

Hey, Certificate students! If you’re planning to complete your paper this year, your 5-page draft is due on Moodle Monday 10/29 by 4 pm. Bring 4 printed copies with you to the 4-5:30 PM workshop on 10/30.


Feeling stuck? Here are some prompts to get you writing!


 Have Writer’s Block?

Use Anne Lamott’s One-Inch Picture Frame method:

“It reminds me that all I have to do is to write down as much as I can see through a one-inch picture frame. This is all I have to bite off for the time being. All I am going to do right now, for example, is write that one paragraph that sets the story in my hometown, in the late fifties, when the trains were still running. I am going to paint a picture of it, in words, on my word processor. Or all I am going to do is to describe the main character the very first time we meet her, when she first walks out the front door and onto the porch. I am not even going to describe the expression on her face when she first notices the blind dog sitting behind the wheel of her car—just what I can see through the one-inch picture frame, just one paragraph describing this woman, in the town where I grew up, the first time we encounter her. (17-18)

Apply this to your scholarly paper by zeroing in on small tasks such as describing specific examples, defining key terms, analyzing a quote, etc.


Want to Work on the Scope of Your Paper?

Apply Wendy Belcher’s tool for writing an introduction to any part of your paper by answering: Who? What? Where? When? How? And Why? I use this by journaling out my answers into a notebook and then incorporating my answers into my essay. Answering these questions can help you to name how your paper engages intersectionality, which is  requirement for our Certificate papers.


Want to Work on Your Structure?

Do a reverse outline. Read through your paper and write a summary sentence of each paragraph either via the comment function or in a notebook/other document. Once you’ve done that, read the summary sentences in order and see if any ideas need more support, need to be rearranged, or need simply to be removed from the paper. You can access lists of transitions in the Resources page of the Tutoring website: www.wgsswritingtutor.com/resources


Want to Work on your Thesis?

Answer the following questions in a notebook/document in your own words 1) What do you want the reader to take away from your paper? and 2) What has been said about your topic, and what is your opinion of it? Answering these questions can help you to identify your contribution to the field, which is a requirement for our Certificate papers.



Professor Wendy Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks

I highly recommend Dr. Belcher’s book as a guide for writing both journal articles and long papers. I used it when I was writing my article, “‘The Third Sex is Here to Stay’: Rhetorical Reconstructions of Lesbian Sexuality in Vice Versa” (Journal of Lesbian Studies, 2018). I will keep my copy of the book in W414 for you to use/photo copy during tutoring hours, but you can access some of Dr. Belcher’s forms from the book here. You can listen to Dr. Belcher discuss the reasons behind and process of writing this book in Episode 1: “Dr. Wendy Belcher on Writing Productivity” of the Research in Action podcast (transcript available on the site, too).

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