The Graduate Writing Center offers many opportunities to help improve your writing this fall, including writing groups, a research writing series, scheduled one-on-one appointments, and first-come-first-served drop-in hours at the Graduate Student Success Center. Keep reading to get all the details and to sign up.

Writing groups

Reviewing writing with a small group of peers helps to build familiarity with writing conventions and feedback skills that are necessary for success in higher education. The purpose of the writing groups is to enhance your ability to identify and implement purposeful writing conventions, and to use that understanding with your own writing and for providing peers with constructive feedback.

As a member of a Graduate Writing Group, you will spend an hour each week with Chris Nelson from the Graduate Writing Center. Activities for each week vary based on students’ needs, but are limited to:

  • Guided peer review of your own writing
  • Guided peer review of published writing from your discipline
  • Individual writing time

The groups meet weekly starting on Wednesday, October 4 through November 29. The master's writing group meets 3-4 p.m. The Ph.D group meets 4-5 p.m. Space is limited to 12 students. You will be asked to commit to attending every week of the term and to bring a long-term writing project you are working on. Plan on spending two hours each week on Writing Group Activities: one hour for group meetings, and one hour of review outside of meetings.

Register for the writing groups today.


Research writing series

The research writing series includes a seminar and workshop for the major section in a research article, including the introduction, literature review, and methods.

The seminar addresses communication goals and strategies for writing each section for academic and research audiences. We will discuss how explicit and accessible language enables scholars to write and read purposefully.

The workshop incorporates a structured review and peer response activity. Attendance at any prior seminar is a prerequisite for attending the workshop. You have the option of bringing your own work or an example of effective published research writing from your field. If you choose to bring your own written draft for review, please bring at least 4 pages of a finished rough draft of your section. The document you bring should be accessible either on a computer or as a hard copy.

Research Writing Series Schedule, all times 3-5 p.m.

  • Introductions Seminar: Tues., Oct. 10, MU 208
  • Introductions Workshop: Thurs., Oct. 12, MU 208
  • Literature Review Seminar: Tues., Oct. 24, MU 208
  • Literature Review Workshop: Thurs., Oct. 26, MU 208
  • Methods Seminar: Tues., Oct 31, Waldo 400
  • Methods Workshop: Thurs., Nov 2, Waldo 400

Register for the research writing series today.


One-on-one writing appointments

The GWC serves graduate students by assisting with job applications, IRB materials, proposals, seminar papers, conference presentations, and – last, but not least – theses and dissertations. They provide one-on-one writing center sessions with fellow graduate students. Learn more and schedule an appointment.


Drop-in hours at the Gradaute Student Success Center

Head over to the GSSC on Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. for on-demand help from the Graduate Writing Center. The GSSC is located in Memorial Union 203, right above the Javastop.