Workshops, Programs and Writing Groups
The Graduate Writing Center offers a variety of workshops and programs throughout the year. During the summer, we offer various dissertation "boot camps" for graduate students working on dissertation proposals and dissertations. For master's thesis writers, we offer master's thesis boot camps or facilitated writing groups. We also organize independent writing groups in winter quarter, primarily for doctoral students.
Writing Consultation Appointments
The GWC offers FREE appointments with friendly, experienced writing consultants to all registered UCLA graduate and professional school students. Meet with a graduate writing consultant to work on writing issues ranging from style and argumentation to grammar and syntax.The goal of the GWC is to help you become an effective writer and communicator in your academic or professional field. Please keep in mind that the consultation appointments are interactive sessions, not proofreading sessions. Writing consultants are happy to help with grammatical issues, but they are not proofreaders or editors.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment?
Appointments are limited to one appointment per week, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may schedule an appointment up to two weeks in advance when it becomes available using our online reservation system. Please consult our GWC policies page for more information concerning our policies.
In preparation for an appointment, please bring one printout of your writing project to the appointment (one printout required, two recommended).
If you need to cancel your appointment, you must do so by phone or email at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid a late cancellation penalty.
What Happens at a Writing Consultation Appointment?
You will have 50 minutes to talk with the graduate writing consultant at your appointment. Based on the information provided when you signed up for the appointment, the writing consultant will ask you questions about your writing goals and concerns. The writing consultant may not be able to read your entire paper or project, so you should be ready to indicate which sections to focus on during your appointment. Come prepared to work actively on your writing because writing consultants will not do the work for you.