Seminars and Tutorials


Each academic year, the University Writing Center offers three no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. These seminars feature some direct instruction and one-on-one writing conferences with the instructor, but the seminars also focus substantially on workshopping each participant’s writing. That is to say, the course adopts neither a lecture nor skills-and-drills format. Instead, the seminars function as a collaborative space that brings practical strategies to bear on specific in-process works of scholarship. Learning to write well takes time, commitment, and experience, and no single course can do the job alone; nonetheless, this seminar gives participants guided practice in becoming more skillful writers and communicators.
These seminars do not carry UConn academic credit, nor are they graded. We simply aim to help motivated graduate students improve their writing in ways that will serve them well in their academic and careers. The seminars are made possible through funding from the Graduate School and the University Writing Center.

Important Details about the Seminar:

o Applicants must be degree-seeking UConn graduate students. International grad students are welcome.
o Participants are expected to commit 3 additional hours per week (outside of the meeting time) to complete assignments and to peer-review the drafts of others.
o Course enrollment is limited to 25 students per session. If we receive more applications than there are seats available (which is likely), we will make decisions about enrollment based on seniority, the degree of fit between the course and the applicant’s writing project, the application submission date, and the motivation of the applicant. Applications submitted after the posted deadline will be considered if spaces are available.
o Submission of a working draft (at least 5 double-spaced pages) is required of participants prior to the beginning of the session. Seminar work will be dedicated to improving this draft and using it as a model of how to implement writing strategies.
o Submission of a promissory note for $100 is also required of participants. It will not be used for satisfactory completion of the seminar, which is based on attendance and participation. Otherwise, the Bursar’s Office will charge your account.

If you have questions about the seminar, please contact us at:

Spring seminar: Tuesdays 2-4 pm from February 6th – March 6th

Applications are due Monday, January 22nd and can be filled out at


Graduate students can meet with writing tutors one-on-one at no cost, just as undergraduates can. However, we do ask that graduate students interested in tutoring meet with the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support for an intake session before scheduling any appointments. Email Eleanor at to set up an appointment, and visit the graduate student intake page for more on this policy.

Tutoring sessions are 45 minutes long and can address a range of issues from generating ideas to considering audience to revising a draft so that it is clear and focused. Our tutoring philosophy is the same for undergrads and grads; tutors act as writing coaches and offer strategies to help the writer reach their goals for the project. This can include work on grammar, variation, clarity, and other style-related issues, but the Writing Center is not a proofreading or copy-editing service. Please see how our tutorials work to learn more. Please note that while undergraduate students are allowed to schedule up to three appointments per week, graduate students may only schedule one per week.

If you are interested in referrals to editors and proofreaders, please email and we will be happy to provide you with a list.