How can I improve my writing skills?
The ability to write clearly and concisely is a critical skill for all successful public service professionals. NYU and Wagner provide several resources to support students who want to improve their writing skills.
Recommended: Wagner's Professional Writing Workshop (NONCR-GP 0907)
The Wagner School offers non-credit writing sessions in the spring and fall semesters. This workshop meets several times mid-semester and is taught by Wagner's writing tutor, Brooke Capps. The workshop covers the basic principles of professional writing and a review of stylistic aspects of writing, such as writing concisely and clearly, avoiding clichés and redundancy, varying word choice, and outlining and organizing ideas. The scheduling of the course is designed to coincide with writing assignments in the school wide core courses (CORE-GP 1020 Managing Public Service Organizations and CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy). Students bring in papers they are writing and are guided through the editing process. Check Albert for dates and times as well as to register for NONCR-GP 0907, Professional Writing.
Recommended: Memo Writing Bootcamp
Wagner's Writing Tutor, Brooke Capps, will lead a Memo Writing Bootcamp open to all Wagner students. The date will be set soon and you'll be hearing the details and how to RSVP through the instructors of the affiliated core course, CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy.
Recommended: Wagner Writing Tutor
Wagner provides a writing tutor free of charge to assist students, individually and in group sessions, with their writing assignments; this includes how to write concise and coherent memos. Writing tutors have office hours and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The tutoring schedule will be posted here before the first day of classes.
Using the Library to research and write a paper
NYU's main library, the Bobst Library is used by Wagner students. To learn more about doing research at the library, click here.