Writing Support

Writing support tailored specifically for the graduate and postdoctoral community

These resources cover a variety of campus resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in any phase of the writing process—from brainstorming in a collaborative group to preparing a proposal for a high-profile grant.

Support Areas:

Peer Writing Groups 

  • Writing Efficiency Sessions  (Graduate Center, co-hosted with Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Think Tank Writing Center) 
    Join peers for all or part of these three-hour writing sessions. The goal of the sessions is to get writing done. Writing consultants are available for participants. 

  • Online Writing Rooms (Writing Skills Improvement Program)
    WSIP is excited to host a weekly online writing room for writers of all genres and backgrounds, free for UArizona graduate students.  

  • Postdoctoral Writing Accountability Groups  (Postdoctoral Affairs)
    A postdoctoral appointment is an excellent opportunity to build your research and publication record. But writing can be intimidating, and it is easy to let other responsibilities get in the way of writing productivity. Research shows that joining a writing accountability group can improve publication rates and promote work-life balance. 
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One-on-one Tutoring 

Dissertation-focused Offerings 

  • ABD to PhD Writing Workshops  (Graduate Center, co-hosted with the Writing Skills Improvement Program, THINK TANK Writing Center, and the Graduate and Professional Student Council)  
    These workshops provide writing support for ABD students, an opportunity to discuss shared concerns about the dissertation process, and strategies to facilitate writing. 
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Grant and Fellowship Support 

  • Grant and fellowship writing support  (Graduate Center, in collaboration with the Graduate College Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement)
    Each year, the OFCE works directly with 200 – 250 graduate students applying for fellowships through workshops dedicated to developing their grant writing skills. Approximately 80% of the NSF GRFPs awarded to students at the UA have been supported through this office.  

  • Summer Fellowship Application Development Program (Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement)
    The Fellowship Application Development Program offers deadlines and writing support to assist UArizona students in completing fellowship applications over the summer.  
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Workshops 

  • THINK TANK Workshops and Studios
    The Writing Center offers free workshops and studios to classes and student groups upon request on a variety of writing-related topics. Currently, all workshops will be conducted online via Zoom.  

  • Writing Skills Improvement Program Writing Workshop Series 
    WSIP offers a regular series of 50-minute workshops weekly throughout the semester. Workshops are interactive and activity-based. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own writing to practice skills. 

  • ABD to PhD Writing Workshops  (Graduate Center, co-hosted with the Writing Skills Improvement Program, THINK TANK Writing Center, and the Graduate and Professional Student Council) 
    These workshops provide writing support for ABD students, an opportunity to discuss shared concerns about the dissertation process, and strategies to facilitate writing. 
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Summer Writing Programs 

  • Graduate Writing Institute  (Writing Skills Improvement Program)
    The GWI helps graduate students complete advanced research projects, articles for publication, grant and research proposals, conference presentations, theses, and dissertations. 

  • Writing Boost! Program (Writing Skills Improvement Program)
    The Writing Boost! is a new week-long online writing institute and boot camp, offering workshops and individual tutoring. It begins August 9th, and 
    applications are now live through the above link.

  •  Summer Fellowship Application Support (Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement)
    The Fellowship Application Development Program offers deadlines and writing support to assist UArizona students in completing fellowship applications over the summer.  

  • Writing Efficiency Sessions  (Graduate Center, co-hosted with Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Think Tank Writing Center) 
    Join peers for all or part of these three-hour writing sessions. The goal of the sessions is to get writing done. Writing consultants are available for participants. 
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Editing Resources 

  • Editing Services (fee-based) (Writing Skills Improvement Program)
    The Writing Skills Improvement Program has a staff of professional editors with extensive experience available to edit most types of writing. WSIP editors specialize in line editing (i.e., grammar, punctuation, overall clarity) and reference styles. They may offer minor insights, suggestions, or questions about content, structure, and organization. Copyright and reprint permissions are the responsibility of the author. They do not edit class assignments. They also do not offer manuscript format editing at this time (table of contents, headings, titles, etc.). 
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Accessibility Resources 

Virtual Resources 

  • Writing and Learning Project (UArizona Office of Instruction & Assessment)
    Resources and communities for improving writing instruction. 

  • Academic Phrasebook
    Help finding the best words to describe academic work.

  • Write & Cite (UArizona University Libraries)
    Organize and cite your sources (e.g., RefWorks, EndNote Web, Mendeley, Zotero).
    Refer to citation guides for MLA, APA, Chicago, and subject-specific styles.
    Avoid plagiarism and understand copyright. 

  • Purdue OWL resources for graduate writers
    Includes an overview of genres of writing in graduate school and advice for specific types of graduate writing.  

  • Writing & Publishing resources (The Graduate Center)
    Additional compilation of resources, including research best practices and downloadable presentations.

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Resources for Faculty Working with Graduate Students 

Last updated 6 May 2021