Jones White Writing Center: Graduate Writer Services

  • The Jones White Writing Center is committed to providing graduate students with writing support for the duration of their time at IUP.  This page describes the support we offer graduate students.

    Schedule a Tutorial

    Our trained tutors (graduate and undergraduate) are able to assist you on any piece of writing and at any stage of writing. Writing graduate students frequently seek tutoring for includes course papers, personal writing, and thesis or dissertation writing. We can work with you to generate ideas, refine arguments, integrate sources, or help you learn to self-edit your work.  

    Attend a Writing Workshop

    Each semester, we offer a Wednesday Workshop series that includes specific offerings for graduate students. These offerings include writing a literature review, completing your dissertation or thesis successfully, writing for publication, introduction to APA and MLA formatting, advanced formatting in MS Word, avoiding plagiarism, introduction to grant writing, and more. You can view our workshop schedule here.

    Join a Graduate Writing Group

    New for 2020!

    We are offering virtual graduate writing groups, tailored to those working on a thesis or dissertation. Graduate writing groups meet for a period of weeks over the semester or in the summer. Each group meeting is led by an advanced graduate tutor with a doctoral specialization in writing and who works to provide a supportive environment for your writing success. Group meetings include mini lessons where you’ll learn about strategies for successfully making progress on your dissertation or thesis, goal setting, and peer review of each other’s work. Research demonstrates that graduate students who take part in writing groups are more productive writers, and have higher self-efficacy and confidence as writers (Ekstein et. al. 2017; Simpson, 2012; Mannon, 2016).

    Our Graduate Writing Groups will meet online via Zoom and include the following features:

    • Goal setting and regular check-ins with group members to help graduate writers stay on track
    • Feedback from peers and tutors on writing
    • Short, interactive presentations on key aspects of thesis/dissertation writing, including goal setting, time management, self-editing strategies, revision, handling feedback, and work/life balance
    • Small group supportive environment

    Graduate writing groups require a longer-term commitment from attendees (e.g., attending four to six meetings over the course of the semester or summer) and are best for people who find it useful to have regular check-ins to make consistent progress. If you have less time to commit or aren’t certain you can make a long-term commitment, you should consider attending one of our dissertation boot camps.

    Attend a Dissertation/Thesis/Writing Boot Camp

    New for 2020!

    The Jones White Writing Center is offering a dissertation/thesis boot camp each semester. The boot camp will help you jump start your writing, make progress, or get you started again if you have struggled to maintain momentum. This day-long boot camp includes opportunities to learn more about strategies for successful writing, set goals, work directly on your text, and get feedback from tutors and peers on your work. Because many of our doctoral students write away from IUP, most of our dissertation boot camps are virtual events. Our dissertation boot camps offer similar support to our Graduate Writing Groups, but in a condensed format. This support includes:

    • Goal setting to help you stay on track
    • Feedback from peers and tutors on writing
    • Interactive presentations on key aspects of thesis/dissertation writing, including goal setting, time management, self-editing strategies, revision, handling feedback, and work/life balance
    • Small group supportive environment
    • Dedicated time to write


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    The Kathleen Jones White Writing Center provides tutoring services, workshops, and writing resources.

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