Please know that the Center for Writing in its current configuration is prepared to assist graduate writers in the College of Arts and Sciences.
We will support you through individualized face-to-face conferences on the St. Paul campus and online consulting. As a graduate student, you can request a consultation with one of our two graduate consultants (who are earning their M.A.s in English) or with any of our other highly qualified undergraduate consultants. Working with our graduate consultants may be beneficial when dealing with theory, writing for a specific audience, or conference paper writing and/or presenting; however, all of our peer consutants are highly trained in strategies to develop your thought process and guide your writing/revising process.
Information about the consultants is available on our staff page.
All of our peer consultants can help you:
- transition to graduate-level writing
- communicate your ideas clearly
- think critically about complex and intersectional texts
- experience an audience as you write
- format and document your sources using specific documentation styles
We offer three different appointment styles: face-to-face, eTutoring, and online.
Face-to-face: For Monday-Friday appointments, meet in JRC 361. For Sunday evening appointments, meet in OSF-Library Room 102. Both are on the St. Paul campus.
eTutoring: You do not need to be present during the appointment. The consultant will review your draft during the appointment time and email it, along with their comments, back to you.
Online: You need to be present at a computer during the time of the appointment so you can collaborate and chat online, in real time, with the consultant.
For more information and detailed instructions on how to navigate these different appointment types, see our Make an Appointment page.
We have the same mission and follow the same methods with you in our online work as we do in our in-person work with you: we ask questions, engage you in critical analysis, and avoid proofreading or editing.
A graduate student in the School of Education or Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Your first stop should be the School of Education Graduate Writing Center on the Minneapolis campus. They provide face-to-face and online consultations.
A graduate student in Social Work: As a MSW or DSW graduate student, you should see the School of Social Work's (SSW) Graduate Writing Assistant. For more information, see the SSW Graduate Writing Support webpage.
A graduate student in the Opus College of Business, the School of Engineering, or the program in Software Engineering: Please know the Center for Writing focuses on supporting undergraduate writers in the College of Arts and Sciences and strives to support all writers on our campus to the best of our abilities.
You can also consider the following resources.
ESL students: All international and multilingual students are welcome to work with peer consultants on any writing in process. Students might also want to work on the writing process, revision strategies, reading scholarly texts, and preparing professional presentations and speaking colloquial and academic English.
Graduate-level writing projects:
Writing your dissertation: The University of Washington Graduate School provides links to a number of sites that assist those preparing to write, are writing, or trying to complete a dissertation.
Writing an abstract: George Mason University's writing center has a thorough description, as does Raensslaer Polytechnic University's.
Giving an academic talk: You might find this article helpful: "How to Give an Academic Talk."
Creating a professional resume or vita: Emory University's writing center provides helpful advice.
Need an editor or proofreader: Email us with your specific needs (firstname.lastname@example.org). (We do not recommend the editors but are merely serving to connect writers with professionals; we also have no idea about the fees charged.)