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Welcome to the Graduate Writing Center

For the rest of the summer, the Graduate Writing Center will provide online writing consultations for graduate students. In the fall, the GWC will also offer in-person tutoring services.

Funded by the Graduate School and staffed by trained writing fellows, the Graduate Writing Center is ready to help graduate students in all disciplines with their writing projects. Our goal is to help you become a more confident writer.

Your Options:

This summer, you can receive writing support in two ways: 1) live, online tutoring (Zoom) and 2) asynchronous tutoring (written feedback from a tutor). Both options are free to students pursuing Masters or Ph.D. degrees at the University of Utah!

1. Live, Online Tutoring:

To speak with one of our tutors over Zoom, please make an appointment at https://utah.mywconline.net/ . Then, upload your paper to the intake form and click on "Start or Join Conversation" to start your Zoom meeting at your scheduled time. Our tutors will not be able to write on your draft, but they will be able to read it and give you valuable feedback, including revision and proofreading suggestions.

2. Asynchronous Tutoring:

One of our graduate tutors has joined other graduate tutors in the eTutoring consortium to provide written feedback to writers across the Western United States. To get feedback from a graduate tutor in this consortium, click on the following link: https://writingcenter.utah.edu/graduate-services/e-tutoring.php. After you log in with your uID and password, you will be able to submit your draft, flag it as a graduate-level paper, and receive feedback within about 48 hours. Your tutor will read your draft, write a letter containing your draft's strengths and weaknesses, and provide limited emedded comments and questions.

In the Fall, you can also look forward to meeting with a graduate tutor in person. In-person tutors will be listed here with "In person" next to their names. The Graduate Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Marriott Library in room 1180B.

Graduate writing consultants can help you:

  • Develop your ideas
  • Consider your audience
  • Organize your thoughts
  • Plan your project
  • Form good arguments
  • Improve the clarity of your writing
  • Shape paragraphs to improve continuity and flow
  • Polish sentences to improve style and interest
  • Recognize and correct common errors

Graduate writing consultants have experience working with:

  • Research proposals
  • Grant applications
  • Articles for publication
  • Conference papers
  • Abstracts for papers
  • Personal statements
  • Dissertations
  • CVs and resumes
  • Class papers
  • Various citation styles (APA, MLA, etc.)

Testimonials:

"Your writing fellow was prompt and helpful. She gave me the structure and feedback to get over a significant roadblock in my writing."

-Ben Springer

"Your writing fellow was integral to my success in science writing for several reasons. First, she helped me develop a plan for my prewriting and how to approach writing a full-length research proposal. Second, she helped me identify my weak points and gave me suggestions and other resources to improve those areas. With her help, my writing has greatly improved and I have the tools I need to successfully write my thesis and research articles. On a side note, my research advisor was extremely pleased with my achievements and has said numerous times that my writing has greatly improved. Without the help of the writing center, I would be a struggling writer today."                  

-C. Gritzen

"The feedback I received from writing fellow was extremely helpful. I am planning on requesting the Writing Fellow's help again."                              -Anna Fichman

"This program is fabulous, and I have recommended it to others."

-Heather

"[My consultations in the GWC] have helped with my writing confidence and focus."

- Taryn Springer, College of Education

Security Access Instructions

To be granted access to the Graduate Student Reading Room/GWC, Library Security will activate your UCard. Click on the online security form here.

Access to the Graduate Student Writing Center will be active for one academic school year or for the remainder of the year following application. Access forms must be resubmitted each academic year beginning in August.

Last Updated: 7/14/21