Texas Tech University

Graduate Student Writing Center

The Graduate Student Writing Center offers writing assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and departments. Our experienced tutors will provide feedback on any writing project at any stage of the writing process.

The GSWC offers the following services:

  • Writing Consultations: Students may schedule one-to-one consultations with experienced tutors. These collaborative tutorials last 50 minutes. To schedule an appointment, click here.
  • Graduate Student Writing Groups: Graduate Student Writing Groups provide structure and support for students writing theses or dissertations. Each week, these groups meet for three hours for goal setting and independent writing time. Graduate students must apply for membership each semester.
  • Workshops: Workshops addressing a variety of writing-related topics are offered twice each month. Distance students may participate via Collaborate Ultra.

For information upcoming workshop dates and topics, please click here

All workshops are held in the Graduate Center. Distance students may participate via Skype for Business. To register for a workshop, please email Dr. Kristin Messuri at gradwritingcenter@ttu.edu and specify whether you will attend onsite or online. 

Spring 2017
All workshops will be held in the Graduate Center from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm unless indicated otherwise.

February 3: “Principles of Academic Writing”
Academic writing follows specific generic and stylistic conventions that may not be immediately obvious, especially to new scholars. This workshop discusses principles of academic writing and offers concrete strategies graduate students can use to produce clear, concise prose.

February 17: “Thesis and Dissertation Kickstarter”
Graduate students beginning their theses or dissertations are often unsure about how to approach these long, complex writing tasks. This workshop will provide practical advice for beginning and sustaining the writing of a major academic text. We will focus on writing methods, since content and structure vary greatly by discipline.

March 3, 11:00 am -12:00 noon : “CVs and Resumes”
CVs and resumes are professional documents that are required for applications to jobs, internships, fellowships, and other opportunities. This workshop presents a rhetorical approach to these documents as well as a discussion of their content, organization, and design.

March 31: “Literature Reviews”
Literature reviews provide summaries of current research, show relationships between studies, and identify gaps in existing scholarship. This workshop advises graduate students about planning and writing a literature review, either as a standalone document or a part of a larger study. Please note that the workshop does not address searching for published research; students interested in this topic should contact the University Libraries.

April 7: “APA Basics”
Writers in many fields are expected to follow the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This workshop provides basic advice about how to use this style guide, how to quote and paraphrase from source material, and when to cite. Please note that this workshop will only briefly address citation conventions for some common types of sources; it will not address citation conventions for all possible sources.

April 21: “The Revision Process”
Revision is an ongoing process in which a writer reconsiders and makes changes to a text. This workshop offers advice for revising both higher-order concerns (global issues such as thesis, development, and structure) and lower-order concerns (local issues such as grammar and punctuation).

Mission Statement:
The Graduate Student Writing Center is dedicated to developing graduate student writing and research at Texas Tech University. The Writing Center brings together scholars with disparate backgrounds, interests, and talents in order to cultivate intellectual exchanges across the university.


Interested in becoming a writing consultant? Click here to apply.

Contact us:
806.742.2476, ext. 1


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