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Graduate Writing Resources Center

What is the GWRC?

The GWRC is a free resource brought to you through a partnership between the A&S Graduate Center and the Writing Resources Center. Located on the first floor of Swem Library, the GWRC welcomes grad students for individual help at any stage of writing, from generating ideas to polishing a final draft. We offer individual writing consultations as well as occasional GWRC Workshops (see below) and Write-ins on Saturday mornings. Visit the Grad Center Events Calendar for upcoming GWRC events.

What to expect from a consultation appointment at the GWRC:

Strengthen your writing skills by working with a specially-trained graduate writing consultant on any type of graduate-level writing at any stage of the process. Bring class assignments, research proposals, job cover letters, thesis/dissertation excerpts, or teaching statements at any stage of development. You will receive guidance to help you develop your writing and editing skills, and to improve clarity, focus, and organization. The GWRC is not an editorial service. The consultant will guide you toward better skills and habits. Each appointment lasts 50 minutes.

How to prepare for an appointment:
  • Plan ahead. Bring the assignment and any other relevant materials, as well as the piece of writing you'd like help with.
  • You'll have 50-minutes. To make good use of the time, come prepared with some questions or specific issues you'd like to work on.
  • Don't be afraid to bring a very early, rough draft, or even just an outline. We can help you at any stage of the writing process!
  • Be ready to take an active role in the consultation.
GWRC Workshops
*check back soon for Fall 2022 workshops

gwrc workshop logoDesigning Your Semester. Do you have semester goals for research and writing? Unsure how to go about executing them? Do you struggle to follow through with self-designed plans or achieve self-imposed deadlines? Attend this GWRC workshop series let by graduate consultant Zarah Quinn to explore how you can design your semester on your terms and achieve your academic goals. To get the most out of the series, we recommend attending all three sessions. Register in advance to receive Zoom links.

Part 1: Planning Your Spring 2022
Monday, February 14, 12 p.m. via Zoom
This workshop will introduce students to the process of creating a plan that works for them. Students will leave with a draft of their Spring 2022 plan and strategies to see it through.

Part 2: Mid-Semester Check-in
Monday, March 21, 12 p.m. via Zoom
Check-ins are crucial for ensuring you're on the right path towards your goals. This session will provide time for students to reflect, reassess, and adjust their Spring 2022 plan as necessary. Students will leave with actions to take for the remainder of the semester.
Part 3: Semester in Review
Monday, May 2, 12 p.m. via Zoom
Retroactive reflection is crucial for developing self-knowledge for future success. This session will ask students to reflect on their semester and develop key takeaways regarding their academic processes. Students will leave with an updated archive of self-knowledge for future planning and academic success. 

Register in Advance to Receive Zoom Links