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.
- A new schedule labelled, “Summer 2020 Remote Consulting” is now available.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- If you would like to discuss the feedback you’ve received, you will have the option to schedule additional sessions with the consultant.
- If you would prefer a phone-based or Zoom session, please click the phone or Zoom option under "Type of Remote Writing Support you prefer" when you make your reservation. Phone-based and Zoom 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Your application will be reviewed to determine fit with the program’s objectives and resource availability. Fall 2020 applicants will receive an acceptance or rejection email in August 2020.
- If you are selected for participation in the program, you will be contacted to schedule an intake interview.
- 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.
- 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.