The Lukeion Project
College Research Writing Workshop
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If, after reading the following information, you believe your student is
prepared to move to college-level research writing, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org (link at the top of this page) with a summary
of his/her writing experience to finalize your registration
- Workshop meetings are live and meet online for 1 hour a week for 6 weeks. Check the course schedule page on the website for exact times (link at the bottom of this page).
- Students may expect to spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours a day to fulfill the requirements
- Tuition is $149
- Syllabus / Overview of College Research Writing Workshop
Many high-school parents and secondary school programs focus on creating a transcript that will give the student every possible advantage during the college application process. While this is understandable, it is essential that today’s college-bound student look beyond the application process. Before arriving on campus, students must begin to develop the skills that will help them succeed in the college or university environment. These skills include time management, goal-setting, tenacity in the face of disappointment and fatigue, the tools and techniques of scholarly research, and how to write a research paper.
Both the academic community and the business world value the ability to research a topic and produce a persuasive and authoritative paper based on that research. Sadly, most students are unprepared for this challenge. The dreaded research paper assignment strikes fear in the heart of the average college student, and many will spend several years floundering around before they begin to discover (through trial and error) what makes a good research paper. This workshop is designed to help students understand the process and product of the research writing task.
The goal of this class is NOT to teach basic writing skills or concepts. Rather, it is to introduce the student to a particular type of writing, "research writing." We will not focus on proper paragraph construction, punctuation, or other basic skills, although these will all be considered as a part of the final evaluation. Instead, we will focus on elements of research writing that differ from other sorts of writing, like: using background research to develop and refine an appropriate topic, the selection and use of appropriate scholarly sources, proper tone and style, etc. The instructor also shares personal insights and advice about surviving and thriving in the college/university environment.
The ideal participant is either college-bound, or already enrolled in college - preferably working at the junior or senior level in high school. He or she already has composition experience (essays, reports, creative writing, or research papers), meets deadlines, possesses good study skills, gives and accepts constructive criticism in a mature manner, and is adventurous enough to try new things.
The student is required to:
- Visit a college or university research library
- Write a research paper on an ASSIGNED topic and submit it by week 4 of the class (students may not use topics from other classes for the workshop unless they fit the class topic and are pre-approved by the instructor)
- Spend 1.5 to 2 hours per day fulfilling course requirements (more if necessary, depending on student's study habits)
- Accept constructive criticism of his/her work as a learning opportunity
- Revise his/her work based on that constructive criticism
- Review and critique the work of others in the class (anonymously)
- Actively participate in the online sessions
Why can't I bring my own topic?
We've attempted to create a workshop that will simulate the requirements of the college classroom as closely as possible. We require students to write on an assigned topic that is received the first day of class for several important reasons:
- College students typically receive their writing assignments on the first day of class when they receive their syllabus. Everyone receives the assignment at the same time; no student has an advantage or any extra time in the writing process, and no student is able to avoid the writing process by re-working a paper that's been completed for another class.
- One of the student's assignments is to do background research and refine a topic on an assigned subject, even one about which they have little knowledge. When students come with their topics already picked out, they miss this important learning experience.
- Professors teach subjects in which they are experts. For this reason, college students write papers on subjects in which their evaluators are experts. When the evaluator is not an expert in the subject matter, the paper evaluation becomes little more than an exercise in grading mechanics and writing style. At The Lukeion Project our students write on Classical World topics. This allows us to better evaluate the student's use of sources, persuasiveness of argument, inclusion of essential lines of evidence, etc.
- We ask students to anonymously critique the papers of other participants. When students write on topics in the same general subject area, each student has additional help in evaluating the work of their fellow students.
Instructor Regan Barr
Regan Barr holds a B.A. in Christian Ministries, an M.Div. in New Testament (Cincinnati Christian University), an M.A. in Classical Archaeology (University of Cincinnati) and has completed all classwork and doctoral exams for a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology (University of Cincinnati). His publication on the Greek and Hellenistic Oil Lamps from Troy was published in volume 6 of the journal Studia Troica , which is devoted entirely to the investigation of the Troad (the region surrounding ancient Troy). His excavation experience spans a decade and includes excavations in Jordan and Greece, as well as three seasons on the international excavation team working at the site of Troy in northwestern Turkey. He has taught classes at both seminary and university, and is co-founder of The Lukeion Project, an online educational institution devoted to the study of Classics. Lukeion Family Tours were inaugurated in 2008 when 44 travelers spent 11 days in Italy. Since then, we're taken nearly 200 travelers to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Check the website for more information about our tours.