Scholarly writing is an intricate component of your graduate work. A useful first step toward improving your writing skills is to examine your past experiences with writing, including your writing strengths and opportunities. From there, you can target your needs accordingly.
For this Discussion, you will explore the various resources and guidelines outlining an effective writing process and some common writing terms. You will also review the current state of your writing skills and share thoughts and experiences with your colleagues.
You will also use this Discussion to help tailor the individualized feedback provided by your Instructor throughout the duration of the course. Please be honest in your self-critique: it is the best way to make improvements.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review and complete the Self-Assessment found in the Learning Resources to develop your needs and goals for this course.
- Reflect on your writing skills and identify two skill strengths and two skills for improvement.
- Consider particular writing strategies that you currently using to build those skill strengths.
By Day 3
Post a 1- to 2- paragraph reflection on your writing skills, identifying two writing skills that you want to improve upon during this course. You may also include two writing strengths or strategies that may support your current writing process. Try and incorporate the terms from the Walden University Writing Center website in the Learning Resource for clearer definitions. Be sure to connect your scholarly writing skills with professional and academic goals, as well.
Document: Instructions for Writer’s Self-Assessment (Word document)
Walden University Writing Center. (2015i). Walden templates: General templates: APA course paper template (6th ed.). Retrieved from
Note: Please submit all assignments using the abovementioned APA Course Paper Template (6th ed.).
Document: Skill review of WCSS 6050 (Word document)
Walden University Writing Center. (2015b). Common writing terms: Overview. Retrieved from
Read the overview and view the “Terms” links. Students will become familiar with these terms by now but review to familiarity.
Walden University Writing Center (Producer). (2015, June 27). WriteCast: How academic writing helps you beyond academia (Episode 23) [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from