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UCLA Graduate Writing Center

In addition to one-on-one writing appointments, the Graduate Writing Center has a number of programs and workshops that offer support to dissertators and thesis writers.


During the academic year, the GWC offers single-session overview workshops on master's theses, dissertation proposals, and dissertation writing. Click our current schedule or browse past workshops to see when these topics may be offered. We also encourage you to look at relevant workshop videos.

Writing Groups

The Graduate Writing Center sometimes organizes writing groups of various types (online writing groups, facilitated writing groups, or independent writing groups). We are also happy to help groups of graduate students self-organize into writing groups. For best practices on setting up writing groups, see our writing groups resource page. For information about writing groups currently being offered or organized by the GWC, see our writing groups web page.

Master's Thesis Mentoring Program

The Graduate Writing Center offers a program to support graduate students who are working on master's theses (or other master's capstone projects) and doctoral qualifying papers. The program provides workshops and one-on-one writing appointments. For more information, read Master's Thesis Mentoring Program.

Thesis Writing Retreats

The Graduate Writing Center offers writing retreats for graduate students who are working on master's theses, dissertation proposals, and dissertations. These programs are usually offered in spring break and summer. Retreats are open to all thesis and dissertation writers, as well as graduate students working on manuscripts related to their thesis or dissertation. For more information and registration instructions for spring break thesis retreats, scroll to the bottom of this web page and click on the relevant program. For programs offered during to the summer, go to the summer boot camp and thesis retreat page (2023 coming soon).

Summer Dissertation Boot Camps and Thesis Retreats

The Graduate Writing Center holds a number of programs during the summer to help graduate students who are at the dissertation and dissertation proposal stages. We also offer dissertation/thesis retreats during the summer. See our most current summer dissertation boot camp and program offerings for more information.

Dissertation Coaching (Pilot Program)

This program is currently being offered on a limited basis. Coaching sessions generally last between 30 and 60 minutes. This coaching approach addresses the dissertation process in a holistic way and supports coachees in developing an effective approach to managing the dissertation process. Participants may receive coaching related to the areas listed below, as well as other dimensions of the process.

  • Choosing or focusing a dissertation topic
  • Aligning research agenda with core values and longer-term goals
  • Improving time management, project management, and/or work habits around writing
  • Work-life balance during the dissertation
  • Accountability for goals and progress

If you would be interested in being a participant in the pilot program, please fill out the Google form linked here. If you have any questions, please email GWC Director Marilyn Gray.

If you have any questions, please contact