The Graduate Writing Center is located on the 6th floor of the Valley Library

About the Graduate Writing Center

Since 2012, the OSU Graduate Writing Center has provided support for graduate students, staff, and faculty working on with theses and dissertations, seminar papers, manuscripts, poster presentations, IRB applications, funding and research proposals, as well as conference and defense presentations. We provide both written and one-on-one remote sessions with highly-trained Graduate Writing Consultants.

What the Graduate Writing Center Can Do For You

We offer a supportive, low-stakes environment to discuss and practice scholarly & professional writing. Graduate Writing Consultants (who are themselves either past or present grad students) can help you to navigate and decode the complex expectations of graduate writing. Typical sessions include brainstorming, argument development, organization, clarity of expression, and citation/documentation. While Graduate Writing Consultants may not be experts in your field, they are trained to identify disciplinary communication and content expectations so that you may meet your writing goals.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Students and staff who are drafting Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application and Informed Consent documents can schedule consultations with the Graduate Writing Center. For more information, contact Chris Nelson or Dennis Bennett.

Thesis/Dissertation Support

Graduate Writing Consultants frequently work one-on-one with graduate students on theses and dissertations, offering ongoing support through recurring appointments. We understand that writing a thesis or dissertation is a long-term commitment, and we are here to support you during your journey.

Graduate Writing Groups

Graduate Writing Groups for doctoral and master’s students are offered each term, including summer. Groups take place for one hour per week, from week 2 through Dead Week. These groups connect graduate students with peers from across the disciplines, and engage participants with learning reviewing and feedback strategies—skills that are fundamental to research scholarship and professional communication. In addition to supporting OSU graduate students with feedback on any document they produce, Graduate Writing Groups provide students with strategies for reviewing others’ writing, dedicated time to write and meet deadlines, and a community of peer support.

Scheduling and enrollment for Graduate Writing Groups is announced in the Graduate School Newsletter  before each term, during the final weeks of the prior term. Writing Groups are facilitated by trained Graduate Writing Consultants and senior staff from OSU’s Graduate Writing Center.

For more information, please contact Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center Coordinator.

Writing Sessions

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