Words of Wisdom
The best and most telling speech is not the actual impromptu one, but the counterfeit of it ... that speech is most worth listening to which has been carefully prepared in private and tried on a plaster cast, or an empty chair, or any other appreciative object that will keep quiet, until the speaker has got his matter and his delivery limbered up so that they will seem impromptu to an audience.
We offer graduate students assistance with writing and public speaking, including class assignments, CVs, journal articles, research posters, oral presentations, theses or dissertations, and the oral defense.
Our consultants, certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, are generalists. They specialize in assisting writers and public speakers in a wide variety of situations. While they may not be familiar with the details of every discipline's writing style, they can work collaboratively with you to help you understand and follow the requirements of your discipline's genres for organization, grammar, style, and content.
Consultants focus on individualized needs and specific documents and on building your writing skills and fostering professional writing habits: they can help you overcome anxiety or procrastination, break through writer's block, and build your confidence as a writer so that you maintain a steady writing pace.
All our programs are sensitive to the needs of English Language Learners.
The University Writing Center is not an editing or a proofreading service, but we can help you locate professional freelance editors
. Or, we can help you develop the skills you need to proofread and edit your own work.
Other Graduate Student Services
Dissertation and Thesis Assistance (DATA). DATA assigns a specific consultant to work with a student for up to 5 sessions. Participation requires an approved proposal. For more on DATA and to apply, see our full description.
Guides on writing and public speaking topics, all available online.
Graduate Student Workshops. Offered on Monday nights during the fall and spring semesters, these workshops are designed to help graduate students enhance their communication skills. Topics address general writing issues, such as proofreading, as well as more graduate-specific topics, including preparing a literature review and writing grant proposals. Students participating can earn one Professional Development Unit (PDU) toward the G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate. To register for the next upcoming event, see our full description of the current semester's schedule.
Proposal Writing and Research Retreats. These retreats provide two days of uninterrupted work on your proposal. At the retreat, you will make significant progress on your dissertation or thesis proposal and learn about resources that will support you as you write a thesis or dissertation. Participation is limited and requires an application. For more on Proposal Writing and Research Retreats and to apply, see our full description.
- Thesis and Dissertation Retreats. For four full days, you can work on your thesis or dissertation and get advice as you work. You will make significant progress in your writing. Participation is limited and requires an application. For more on Thesis and Dissertation Retreats and to apply, see our full description.
- Write Watchers - Graduate Writing Group. This group meets once a week for six weeks and provides the space (and snacks) to assist participants as they write their theses, dissertations, and articles. Each session begins with a short writing tip and participants learn how to track their progress with a custom writing journal. For more on Write Watchers and to apply, see our full description.
For more information about any of our graduate student services, contact email@example.com.