The Writing Center at CU Boulder is now conducting remote sessions. 

Online Writing Center Sessions Starting Friday, March 13th 2020

  1. A new schedule labelled, “Spring 2020 Remote Consulting” is now available. Current spring 2020 hours including all evening and Sunday drop-in hours will be moved to this schedule. Drop-in session times will be converted to appointment-based one-hour time slots. 
  2. You will still be able to reserve sessions as you currently do through the online scheduling site. Reservations can made up to three days in advance and changes, such as updated drafts or cancelations, will be accepted up to three hours before your scheduled session starts. Your appointment confirmation email will contain detailed directions for preparing for your session.
  3. When you reserve your session, you will upload your Word document or share a link to your Google Doc and describe the specific feedback and advice you’re seeking in the reservation comment field. Documents should be less than seven pages. (If you have a document that is longer than this, or you wish to use the session for planning rather than looking at a document, please check the “contact me” box on your reservation. We’ll be in touch to make arrangements.)
  4. Writing consultants will add feedback and advice to your document using margin comments and upload it by the end of the session time you have reserved. You will be notified via email when the consultant uploads comments.
  5. If you would like to discuss the feedback you’ve received, you will have the option to schedule additional sessions with the consultant.
  6. If you would prefer a phone-based session, please click the “consultation by phone requested” box when you make your reservation. Phone-based sessions are encouraged for writers who are in the planning stages of their document and for those who would like to discuss feedback in follow-up sessions.

Participants in recurring sessions with the Graduate Writing Support program will receive specific instructions from your writing consultant by Friday, March 13th.

Writing Center office staff will monitor email and voicemail to facilitate sessions and troubleshoot technical issues. If you have any questions, please contact us or 303-735-6906.

The CU-Boulder Writing Center offers writers from all academic disciplines and skill levels the opportunity to work one-on-one with professionally trained writing consultants. We help writers at all stages of the writing process from brainstorming through revision. Writing Center sessions strive to address writers' stated needs while attending to relevant disciplinary, rhetorical, grammatical, and stylistic concerns. Consultants provide feedback and advice that promote writers' abilities to communicate successfully and think critically in response to complex, evolving expectations of readers in academia, the workplace, and society.

  • Save time by learning more effective writing techniques
  • Eliminate writer’s block and procrastination
  • Improve your argumentative impact, organization, and clarity
  • Strengthen your revision and self-editing skills
  • Learn proper citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism

Services are free to all CU students, faculty, alumni and university affiliates.

Spring 2020 Calendar - Online appointments available beginning Monday, March 16th.

Opening Day January 21, 2020
Writers' Lounges Open January 27, 2020
C4C Hours Open February 3, 2020
Spring Break March 22 - March 29, 2020
Last Day May 5, 2020 (Tuesday of Finals Week)

Norlin Spring 2020 Operating Hours - Online appointments only


Help for Graduate Student Writers

The Writing Center offers a suite of writing support services tailored to the needs of graduate students throughout their time at CU.

Weekly Graduate Student Write-Ins

Join other graduate students in this coffee-house style setting dedicated to staying focused on and accountable to graduate writing goals. Use all or some of the time allotted. Drop-ins are welcome. No RSVP is necessary. Free coffee is served.

Writing consultants from the Writing Center will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-on-one meetings to workshop papers, dissertations and theses. Sign up for a meeting here.

Accountability Seminar Series

These practical seminars led by graduate writing specialists are offered throughout the semester on a wide range of topics including publication tips, sharing research results, goal setting, and much more. Upcoming events can be found here.

Individual Sessions

By appointment: Graduate students can reserve 50-minute online appointments.  Professionally trained writing consultants are on hand to help with concerns at any stage of the writing process from planning through revision.  These sessions are recommended for documents that are 10 pages or less. Sign up here for individual sessions.

Drop-in: All drop-in sessions have been replaced by online sessions. Sign up here  to meet with a consultant online.

Extended Graduate Writing Support (GWS): Graduate students who would like to meet with a graduate writing specialist on a bi-monthly basis for ongoing support while they compose dissertations, articles, and other substantial manuscripts should apply for the Graduate Writing Support program (GWS). Graduate Writing Support is intended to supplement adviser meetings by providing writing feedback and guidance from an outside academic reader’s perspective. GWS participants attending individual meetings commit to regularly scheduled meetings and submit work in advance of each session. This allows the consultant to provide a more thorough review and help the writer improve cogency, organization, analysis, and grammar and style. Past participants have mentioned that GWS is helpful for scaffolding project timelines and preparing for oral defenses and job talks. Graduate writing specialists have training and experience in academic and professional writing and assist graduate writers from all disciplines. Click here to apply.

GWS Application Process - Now accepting applications for Spring 2020

  1. Submit an application form.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; priority deadlines are August 15th for fall, November 15th for spring, April 15th for summer. We are still currently accepting applications for Spring 2020.
  2. Your application will be reviewed to determine fit with the program’s objectives and resource availability. You will be notified of your application status within five business days of submission.
  3. If you are selected for participation in the program, you will be contacted to schedule an intake interview.
  4. After the interview, you will be contacted within five business days to reserve a regularly scheduled session time. If space is unavailable, you will be placed on the waiting list. Waitlisted participants are given priority when new spaces become available.
  5. Participants sign an agreement to attend all scheduled meetings, regularly submit work by deadlines, and participate in program assessment activities like exit surveys.

You can reapply in subsequent semesters and make use of other Writing Center services for graduate students if your application is not selected for participation.