Thesis Writing Specialist
Thesis Writing Specialist
Tutt Library 234
Mary Margaret Alvarado is the author of Hey Folly (Dos Madres), a book of poems. Her nonfiction and poetry have been published in VQR, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, The Kenyon Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Iowa Review, The New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and a Provost's Post-Graduate Writing Fellow. Before joining Colorado College, she was a senior instructor in creative writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an editorial assistant at Harper's Magazine, and the Romaine Coombe writer-in-residence at Cincinnati's Seven Hills School. She is the mother of three young girls, and the farmer of her yard. She goes by Mia.
For many, the senior thesis is the most solitary of Colorado College writing projects. However, you’ll have the most rewarding experience if you do what professional scholars do: join a community of writers who can consult about the process, encourage you, and offer feedback on your ideas. Writing in community is an advanced practice that will serve you well in graduate school. Check out this year’s line-up of adjunct courses below:
- GS399: Senior Thesis: Research and Planning (Blocks 3 & 4, Tuesdays 2-4PM)
The rumors are true: the thesis writing process can be a deflating self- confidence-sucker of the first degree, but it doesn’t have to be so! Senior Thesis: Research and Planning will teach you how to tend to both yourself and your project, improving your focus, productivity, and sense of wellbeing. Over the course of blocks three and four, we will: 1) worry less, as writing is a recursive process that necessitates support, community, and plentiful snacks; 2) refine our research topics and undertake significant research; 3) draft a solid literature review and project timeline. Course seats are capped at 12; seniors preferred, please. The class runs as a two-block adjunct, accruing .25 units of credit. Participation is required over both blocks of the adjunct. Pass/Fail grade track.
- GS399: Thesis Writing Boot Camp (Half-block, (9:30-Noon)
What’s the hardest part about the senior thesis? Writing it. That’s why the Thesis Writing Boot Camp isn’t so much a half-block course as it is a personal commitment: show up, eat free food, write, drink coffee, write some more. Instead of obsessing over being behind, carve out time this half block to write your thesis among friends in a relaxed environment tailored to your individual progress. Together we’ll quash procrastination and make tracks on the page. The class runs as a two-week course and meets daily, accruing .5 units of credit. Pass/Fail grade track.
- GS399: Senior Thesis: Drafting and Revising (Blocks 5 & 6, Tuesdays 2-4PM)
Are you sitting on a mound of research, but staring at a blank screen? Maybe you need a game plan. Maybe you need motivation, or accountability, or community. Maybe you just need a kick in the butt. I’m here to help! Over the course of blocks five and six, we will worry less (as writing is a recursive process that necessitates support, community, and plentiful snacks), strategize more (preparing a project timeline) and write a ton (from first draft to working draft). Please note that this course is intended for students who have already completed significant research. Course seats are capped at 12; seniors preferred, please. The class runs as a two-block adjunct, accruing .25 units of credit. Participation is required over both blocks of the adjunct. Pass/Fail grade track.
- Thesis Prep for Juniors (Blocks 7 & 8, Tuesdays 2-4PM)
Thesis Prep for Juniors is a two-block adjunct that aims to boost your confidence as scholar in anticipation of your senior thesis year. You’ll brainstorm a research topic, solidify your source material, refine your research strategies, and correspond with a senior mentor in your field of study for advice and troubleshooting. As the capstone project of the course, you’ll canvass the explicit expectations of your home department in effort to eliminate any senior year surprises. Together we’ll quell the doom and gloom of The Senior Thesis so that you may worry less and write more. Course seats are capped at 12; juniors preferred, please. The class runs as a two-block adjunct, accruing .25 units of credit. Participation is required over both blocks of the adjunct. Pass/Fail grade track.
What students are saying:
"It has been such a pleasure working with you in this class these last two weeks! As far as the swarm: I find it extremely useful to work in the company of other individuals. It's helpful to work together, to feel motivated by the pressure of others, to have a dedicated space for writing and reading and researching, and to feel accountable to others. Courses/opportunities/meetings such as these really ought to be continued for the benefit of everyone (including those who hope that I might finish my thesis ha ha). Again, I can't tell you how useful and pleasurable this experience as a whole has been. My deepest thanks."-Harper
"I'm really glad I took this half-block. I really wanted time to focus only on my thesis, and this half-block really provided that for me. Initially I was worried that this half-block wouldn't be helpful, but in reality, it was truly the best thing I could have done during half-block. I'm really glad that I took it!"-Lexi
"Thesis boot camp over half-block was extremely helpful. The structure allowed me to work for more hours, in a more focused way compared to what I would have done on my own. it allowed me to pick up momentum on my thesis. I think that this half-block reduced a lot of the stress that I could have potentially experienced during the semester."-Chelo