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 in humanities and social sciences, we offer a master's thesis writing program. 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. Our goal is to help you become an effective writer in your 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. (Over the weekend, you may only cancel by email.)
What Happens at a Writing Consultation Appointment?
You will have 50 minutes to talk with the graduate writing consultant at your 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 draft, so please 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.