The Writing Center is open for Fall 2020 sessions.

This fall we will be conducting all sessions remotely.  Writers can opt for a synchronous session via Zoom or an asynchronous session where you receive written feedback about your document. Services are free to all CU students, faculty, alumni and university affiliates.

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

Writing Center Fall 2020

Will the Writing Center be open for Fall 2020?

  • Writing Center services will be available starting Monday, August 31st. All Fall 2020 Writing Center sessions will be conducted remotely.

Why should I visit the Writing Center?

  • Free one-to-one tutoring sessions with professionally trained writing consultants
  • Objective feedback and advice in a conversational format
  • Individualized guidance at any writing stage from brainstorming through final revisions
  • Time-saving strategies to improve your clarity, organization, citation, and self-editing skills

How do I get remote writing help?

  1. Synchronous Sessions are 50-minutes long and are hosted on Zoom or by phone. You and your consultant will discuss your writing while sharing screens. Synchronous sessions can be reserved using our scheduling website.
     
  2. Asynchronous Sessions provide you with written feedback from your writing consultant. When you make the appointment, you will upload your document (up to 7 pages long), the assignment directions, and your questions for the writing consultant. They will post written feedback by the end of your scheduled session time. Asynchronous sessions can be reserved using our scheduling website.

What if I’m having difficulty making an appointment or have other questions?

  • Please contact us at wrtghelp@colorado.edu . Appointment times book up quickly, so be sure to plan ahead by making reservations a few days in advance.

What other tutoring services are available on campus?

Help for Graduate Student Writers

For graduate students, the Writing Center offers a suite of services including standard 50-minute one-to-one sessions through our main appointment schedule, workshops, small group meetings, dissertation retreats and extended writing support in the form of recurring sessions.

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 Fall 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 Fall 2020.
  2. Your application will be reviewed to determine fit with the program’s objectives and resource availability. .
  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.

Additional Support

The Graduate School offers various events and groups for graduate writers.  Please see the Graduate's School's Grad+ Writing Support page here.