Overview of Grad Support

Graduate students can find support at the Writing Center in five main ways.

To improve their already-drafted writing:

1) They can enroll in our non-credit, 5-week seminar to workshop drafts of thesis or dissertation chapters, conference papers, journal articles, or other projects. This is the primary place where graduate students can find assistance with the revision process because experience tells us that the sustained support a graduate student gets from a writing group inspires more writing and more revision than meeting with a tutor (details and dates on the Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing tab).

NOTICE: Due to procedures implemented by UConn to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing will be held online through WCOnline and Google Documents. Participants will be notified of the changes soon via email.   

2) They can meet with a writing tutor to get coaching on how to improve a draft. Graduate students should meet with the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support, Ordoitz Galilea (“Gali”), for a brief intake session before scheduling tutoring appointments with a tutor. In these intake sessions, we will work together to determine reasonable writing and revision goals and then pair you with an appropriate tutor for a set number of sessions. This policy is in place to ensure that graduate students get the sustained support they need. For more information or to schedule an intake session, see the Graduate Student Tutorials tab or contact Gali at gradwriting@uconn.edu

NOTICE: Due to procedures implemented by UConn to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, tutoring sessions will be held virtually through WCOnline and Google Documents. Participants will be notified of the changes and given the link soon via email.   

To carve out quiet time to complete writing:

3) They can attend our day-long Saturday writing retreats, which occur on the first Saturday of every month (details and dates on the Writing Retreats tab).

NOTICE: Due to procedures implemented by UConn to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Saturday writing retreats will be held virtually through Google Documents (Link up soon). Participants will be notified of the changes via email.   

4) They can attend our “Start the Week Off Write” early morning writing retreats, which happen during every Monday of the semester (details and dates on the Writing Retreats tab).

NOTICE: Due to procedures implemented by UConn to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Start the Week off Write will be canceled while UConn is online-only

5) They can attend our Writing Boot Camps, which run all day for four days in a row, three times per academic year (details and dates on the Writing Boot Camp tab).

NOTICE: Due to procedures implemented by UConn to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Spring Break 2020 Boot Camp will be held virtually through Google Documents (Link HERE) Participants will be notified of the changes and given the link soon via email.  

Our Approach to Graduate Writing Support

What the Writing Center Can Help You Do:
– Outline your project
– Create a revision plan
– Talk through big ideas
– Talk about whether or not you express an idea clearly
– Provide referrals to workshops, seminars, print and online guides, and other resources

What the Writing Center Cannot Do:
– Polish your article for publication for you
– Serve as a substitute for your advisor