Welcome to the Graduate Writing Center
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 them become more confident writers.
Options for Grad Students:
Starting August 23, 2021, the GWC will also offer three options for graduate students who are looking for writing support: 1) live, online tutoring (Zoom), 2) in-person tutorials in the Marriott Library and EHSL, and 3) asynchronous tutoring (written feedback from a tutor). All three 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. In-Person Tutorials:
To speak with one of our tutors in person, please make an appointment at https://utah.mywconline.net/ and choose a tutor with the words "In-person" next to their name. Then, upload your paper to the intake form and arrive to your appointment in MLIB 1180B with your own electronic or printed draft in hand. Your tutor will access your writing from the intake form and view it on their laptop or tablet. Or, you can bring two copies of your paper to the appointment.
3. 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 embedded comments and questions.
Graduate students also have access to Grammarly. While it is not a substitute for tutoring, Grammarly can help students catch sentence-level errors. Click here to learn more about Grammarly and to re/activate your premier account.
Graduate Writing Center Hours:
Mondays 8:00-11:00am, 1:00-4:00pm
Tuesdays 10:30am-1:30pm, 5:00-8:00pm
Wednesdays 8:00am-1:00pm, 1:30-3:30pm
Thursdays 8:00am-12:30pm, 1:30-7:00pm, 7:30-8:30pm
Fridays 8:00-11:00am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 3:00-6:00pm
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 tutors have experience working with:
- Research proposals
- Grant applications
- Articles for publication
- Conference papers
- Abstracts for papers
- Personal statements
- CVs and resumes
- Class papers
- Various citation styles (APA, MLA, etc.)
"Your writing fellow was prompt and helpful. She gave me the structure and feedback to get over a significant roadblock in my writing."
"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."
"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."
"[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.