Words of Wisdom
Managing the anxiety of composition is an essential part of writing. One must master the process of shepherding the private into public. There are bound to be false starts, excursions that turn out to be dead ends.
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, Article, and Thesis Assistance (DATA). DATA assigns a specific consultant to work with a student for up to 10 sessions. Participation requires an approved proposal. For more on DATA and how to apply, see our full description.
Guides on writing and public speaking topics, all available online.
Graduate Student Workshops. Offered during the fall and spring semesters, these workshops are designed to help graduate students enhance their communication skills. The workshops 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. Check back in the fall for the schedule of workshops.
Proposal Retreats. These retreats provide one or two days of uninterrupted work towards researching and writing 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 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.
For more information about any of our graduate student services, contact us.