About the Graduate Writing Center
How We Started
The Graduate Writing Center is an initiative of the Graduate Students Association, funded by a GSA fee referendum, managed by Student Affairs, and overseen by the Graduate Writing Center Oversight Committee. Click here for more information.
GWC Writing Consultants
Our consultants come from a variety of fields and are trained to work with graduate students from all disciplines. Graduate students may find it helpful to meet with the writing consultants closest to their fields, but this is not required. Our consultants do not proofread/edit; they work interactively with graduate students to improve their writing skills. All of our writing consultants have been trained to work with ESL students. Click here for graduate writing consultant bios.
GWC Consulting Philosophy
In appointments graduate students may work on almost any kind of writing related to their academic work and professional development. Graduate students should come prepared to prioritize what parts of a document they will focus on, especially for longer texts. Our consulting philosophy outlines how our writing consultants work with graduate students. Click here to read our consulting philosophy.
Please visit the policies web page for more information about Graduate Writing Center policies on appointments and usage.
Graduate Writing Center Programs and Workshops
The Graduate Writing Center offers a variety of workshops on both general writing issues and specialized topics, such as dissertation and thesis writing. We hold targeted writing workshops for graduate students in the areas of Humanities & Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences & Engineering. We also publicize research workshops being offered by the UCLA libraries. For more information about our workshops, click here. The GWC can, resources permitting, make workshop presentations in a graduate courses if the workshop's content has already been developed and a qualified presenter is available at the requested time.
Master's Thesis Writing Groups Program
The Graduate Writing Center offers a program to graduate students writing master's theses and doctoral qualifying papers in the humanities and social sciences. The program combines workshops and one-on-one writing appointments. For more information, click here.
Summer Dissertation-Writing Programs
We have a number of programs for graduate students at the dissertation and dissertation proposal stage. We have an overview of these programs here, and more specific information will be added the website as we get closer to the summer.
Policy on Referrals
Faculty are in the best position to bring writing problems to the attention of their graduate students, and we value our ability to collaborate with faculty. If you have concerns with a graduate student's writing, we ask that you fill out our writing evaluation form or provide similar comments in writing that the graduate student may bring to a consultation appointment.
We also discourage faculty from making it a course requirement to have appointments at our center. We have limited resources, so we prefer graduate students to determine whether and when they would like to use our services. If you have questions or would like to ask about alternatives, please contact the GWC coordinator.
All services are confidential. No information about graduate student use of our service will be released except what is required by university policy or by law.