Shaping Your Thesis Plans

Shaping a sense of the project….

It was genuinely so uplifting for me to see and hear all of you this past week. Once again, welcome back. Once again I want to state how truly how happy I am to have this chance to work with all of you in this capacity. It is the “heart and soul” of good work that matters to me. Here are the slides from last class for your reference:

Some of you are just starting the process of discovery and invention for this thesis project. And some of you are well on your way, and have various elements “in the can.” Since you are each at various stages in the overall process, this week during class time we will start with a reflective writing exercise, and then we will discuss the Course Calendar in terms of scheduling “thesis-/in-process” presentations. I would like those who will graduate at the close of this semester to take the early lead in the scheduling of these iformal peer feedback sessions.

In the later part of class, I will split you all into two groups in order to touch base and plan the next steps forward.

Remember, each of you can learn a great deal from considering each other’s proposal approach, no matter how nascent or evolved your proposal iteration might be. I look forward to “jump-starting” our collective work together.

For our Next Meeting

  1. Please send me the URL (web address) for your WordPress blog by filling this form out by Wednesday, Sept 9th.
  2. Please post you first blog.  In your first blog, please introduce yourself a little bit, let us know how you have been, and then reflect on your thesis plans/progress/ideas.  For some that might mean giving up a brief summary of the main argument or contribution of your ongoing work, for others it might mean a glimpse of early ideas before your journey begins.  Basically, you want to bring everyone up-to-date on what you have done, or what you think you might be working on.  And remember, you can always change your angle on the work, so this is just a thoughtful report on “current status”.


Dr. Zamora

Ps. Please take note that there are two workshops planned for the Thesis Class coming up – the Graduate Student Introduction to Digital Library Resources workshop & the Human Subjects Research in the Time of COVID-19 workshop. They will take place on Thursday, Sept. 17th, and Thursday, October 8th. Please click here for more information and to receive the required registration information.

Welcome to your Thesis

The thesis road is yours to map-out and yours to discover…

Writing a thesis is not easy. There are many twists and turns in the road, roadblocks do come up, and there are unforeseen landscapes that cannot be imagined until you cover ground and truly travel. That said, the more time you have on the road, the more of a chance you will have to discover. I have no doubt that each of you will eventually “arrive” at the place of your own design. A place of insight and learning. A place where perhaps the outcomes were not the ones you originally anticipated.

I look forward to working with each of you as you set a course and cover some significant ground on your own terms as you develop your culminating project for your Masters of Arts degree. I am here to provide suggestions, feedback, resources, and insight; to prompt you to refine your thinking and take your work to another level. Sometimes you surge forth in the process and cover good distance “on the road” due to insightful feedback during a conversation. And sometimes you surge forth due to extended sessions of engaged independent reading & research. Oftentimes, inspiration hits at the most unlikely times ;). I hope you will experience all of this.

The MA in Writing Studies @KeanUniversity is inherently a “customizable” degree, and I encourage each of you to follow a course for which you feel a spark of commitment and passion. I also encourage you to take risks in pursuing forms of learning that matter to you personally. In my own experience, this is the place from which meaningful transformation is born. And if you are going to work hard at something, why not make it both meaningful and transformative on your own terms?

The site will serve to organize some shared resources for supporting your writing process while connecting our learning. It is also a showcase of your work this year (in progress).


Dr. Zamora

ENG 5698 (Fall 2020) & ENG 5699 (Spring 2021)