Writing Resources

Writing Bashes are two-day events held at the beginning of the Fall semester, during Fall Break, and during Spring Break. These are designed to be free flowing events that encourage students to come together to write. This is your commitment to yourself. The Graduate School provides coffee, but lunch is on your own. These events are promoted to students in thesis or dissertation courses and to graduate students who have completed 24 credit hours or more, but these events are open to all graduate students.

Click the highlighted event name below to register for a Writing Bash. (If the event name is not highlighted, the registration link is not yet active.)

Writing Bash Dates 2019-20


Dates Event Time Location
August 5-6, 2019 (Mon-Tues) Back to School Writing Bash I 8:30am-4:30pm SOEB, Rm 214
August 15-16, 2019 (Thurs-Fri) Back to School Writing Bash II 8:30am-4:30pm SOEB, Rm 214
October 14-15, 2019 (Mon-Tues) Fall Break Writing Bash 8:30am-4:30pm TBD
March 2-3, 2020 (Mon-Tues) Spring Break Writing Bash 8:30am-4:30pm TBD

When students begin to write their thesis, dissertation, or program papers, they may find that regularly scheduled blocks of time in the company of other motivated writers may alleviate feelings of isolation or the frustration that comes from lack of inspiration. Peer Writing Support Groups are student-led, three-hour sessions meeting each week for nine weeks during each Fall and Spring and seven weeks during Summer (excluding regular school breaks). Participants check in briefly with one another on their weekly goals and progress and then dedicate their time to writing. The Graduate School partners with Jackson Library to provide a convenient, distraction-free work environment and tools to help students keep track of their writing progress. Students who are registered in thesis or dissertation courses or who have earned at least 24 credit hours receive an email invitation to join a group at the beginning of each semester.

2019-20 PWSG Meetings


September 8, 2019 – November 16, 2019
February 2, 2020 – April 11, 2020
May 31, 2020 – July 11, 2020

Writers’ Retreat event Winter 2020

The Graduate School is pleased to offer Writers’ Boot Camps on December 16-18 and January 6-8 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm for Thesis/Dissertation Writers.

Coffee ONLY will be provided in the morning, so plan to eat breakfast prior to arrival. Lunch and snacks will be provided by the Graduate School. Faculty consultants will be available to work with you on writing issues, and you are also welcome to make arrangements to consult your advisor/committee members if they are available.

As usual, this event is completely free to current students. Registration is limited, and preference will be given to students who are able to attend all days of the Boot Camp on a first come-first serve basis. If there is room, students who are unable to attend all days will be allowed to register.

These events are promoted to students in thesis or dissertation courses and to graduate students who have completed 24 credit hours or more, but these events are open to all graduate students. A registration link will be added closer to the event date.

The University Writing Center is ready to work with you on any kind of writing, from a seminar paper to a dissertation. Every writer deserves a good reader, and our graduate consultants are ready to provide encouragement, support, and advice as you make your way through your graduate writing. Our consultants are trained to engage you in conversation about your writing, since it’s partly through conversation about our writing that we become better writers over time.
Here are some specific ways the Writing Center supports you as a graduate student:
  • Advanced Writers Support Program: The Advanced Writers Support Program (AWSP) is designed to assist writers who are working on projects that are longer, more sustained, or larger in scope. While for smaller projects, single sessions at the Writing Center are often helpful and all that’s necessary, our AWSP writers find that their writing benefits from working closely with a single consultant who meets with them consistently, gets to know their project well, is able to help them through several stages of the writing process, and helps keep them on track to meet their project deadlines. For the past several years, we have been working with graduate students and faculty members who are developing projects that are longer, more comprehensive, and moving through multiple stages. For more information, please visit: Advanced Writers Support Program and to sign up, visit AWSP Interest Form
  • Quick question? Working on a draft and wondering whether to use “effect” or “affect”? Trying to remember when to use “that” versus “which”? You can IM us during any of our open hours with quick questions through our homepage (scroll down to the bottom right of the page): University Writing Center

UNC Writing Center Tools
The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill provides a wealth of information on writing and style including specific tips for some disciplines.

GradHacker
GradHacker is a blog featured on Inside Higher Ed: the free daily news site for people who work in higher education. Breaking news, lively commentary, and thousands of job postings can be found here.

The Purdue Owl
The Purdue OWL offers good resources and tips for advanced writers, especially for specific types of writing like conference papers, dissertation abstracts, or book proposals.

Wendy Belcher’s book
Wendy Belcher’s book, Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, has gotten great reviews from graduate students.

PhinisheD
PhinisheD is a discussion and support group for people trying to finish their dissertations or theses, and those who have been there.

Cornell Listserv
You may also consider joining the Cornell Graduate School’s Product Writer listserv. This electronic mailing list provides periodic advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer.

Get a Life, PhD Blog
The Get a Life, PhD blog by Sociology and American Studies Professor Dr. Golash-Boza, from the University of Kansas, offers strategies for completing writing projects and making writing part of a routine.

For Grad Students Blog
The Fireside Chat For Grad Students Blogcontains a lot of helpful information covering all aspects of graduate student life.