Information For Faculty

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. For more information, visit the About Us section.

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. Visit Consultants for their 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. Read more about our philosophy.

GWC Policies
Please visit the Policies page for more information about Graduate Writing Center policies on appointments and usage.

Graduate Writing Center Programs and Workshops

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 visit, Workshops. 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 visit, Master's Thesis Writing Program.

Summer Dissertation-Writing Programs
We have a number of programs for graduate students at the dissertation and dissertation proposal stage. Here's an overview of our Summer Dissertation Programs. (Check back for more specific information as summer approaches.)

Policy on Referrals

As a service for graduate students, we stress the responsibility and initiative of the student, so we do not take referrals directly from faculty or verify a student's use of our services (see privacy policy). We do hope that you will encourage graduate students to use our services, and we provide a writing evaluation form (click link to download) to help you help your graduate students to focus on key writing issues. 

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 the form linked above 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 director, Marilyn Gray (mgray@saonet.ucla.edu).

Privacy Policy

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.