The Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Writing Services

Improve Your Writing

As a graduate student, you can make an appointment to bring in a paper, thesis, dissertation — a writing project in any discipline—and get immediate feedback for improving your work. Although we will not edit your paper, we can help you identify areas for improvement and assist with the overall writing process. Our service is the only all-inclusive graduate writing assistance available on campus.

You may make two 50-minute appointments per week but only one appointment at a time and only one appointment per day. You may schedule an appointment for a piece of writing that is at least four pages in length when conventionally formatted (double-spaced, with one inch margins, and 11- or 12-point font). Personal statements are exempt from this policy.

Our services do not provide consultations for resumes and cover letters.

Open Writing Space for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Twice a week, the Office of Graduate Studies will provide a quiet, distraction-free space where you can focus on independent writing projects while working alongside your peers.

You can use the space free-of-charge, and though you’ll need to bring your own laptop,* we’ll supply coffee, water, and tea. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*The space has only a few outlets, so charge up your laptop beforehand and please bring your Comet Card to sign in.

Open Writing Space - Spring 2018
Founders Annex, FA 2.206
Monday, 2:30pm - 5:30pm (starting Jan. 22)
Friday, 9am - noon (starting Jan. 19)

Email your questions to: [email protected]

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment for a free 1-on-1 consultation, use the AcceSSC button below, select log-in, select the "Lab To Login" as Graduate Writing Services, type in your Net ID, and use your 10-digit UTD ID as your password.

Graduate Writing Services
Founders Annex, FA 2.102
Monday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm
Friday, 10am - 4pm

Email your questions to: [email protected]

 


Graduate Writing Services Workshops - Spring 2018

January

  • Writing with Style, Part I
    Wednesday, January 17, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This workshop is the first in a three-part series and will cover some of the most important and most basic principles of academic writing. We will discuss strategies for communicating in clear and concise prose, paying particular attention to writing with clarity, brevity, and coherence.

  • Writing with Style, Part II
    Wednesday, January 24, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This workshop is the second in a three-part series and builds on the concepts presented in Writing with Style, Part I. This presentation will cover the principles of reader expectation theory and how to incorporate them into your writing by focusing on the organization of the entire document. No matter what type of writing you are doing, reader expectation theory can help improve it.

  • Writing with Style, Part III
    Time and Location: By invitation only

    This workshop is the third in a three-part series. For those who have attended both Writing with Style, Part I and Part II, this workshop will give them a chance to bring in a piece of their writing and discuss their editing challenges with writing professionals from the Office of Graduate Studies.

February

  • Preparing a Manuscript for Publication in the Physical Sciences
    Wednesday, February 7 from 10:00 to 11:00 am, FA 2.206

    This workshop will focus on best practices for preparing a journal article and strategies for getting it published. It will cover material geared toward graduate students carrying out research in the physical sciences and be presented by Dr. Julia Chan, Professor of Chemistry at UT Dallas and an Associate Editor of the journal ScienceAdvances.

  • Writing the Literature Review – Part 1
    Wednesday, February 14, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This two-part workshop will focus on presenting research within the context of the literature review.
    In Part 1, we will discuss the purpose of the literature review, methods for choosing appropriate sources, academic conventions for documenting them, and best practices for managing the process.

  • Writing the Literature Review – Part 2
    Wednesday, February 21, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This two-part workshop will focus on presenting research within the context of the literature review.
    In Part 2, we will discuss strategies for organizing your review according to a logical pattern, demonstrating your knowledge of the scholarly conversation, and creating a coherent, persuasive narrative that fulfills the objectives of your review.

  • Managing Materials
    Wednesday, February 28, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for organizing your time effectively, focusing especially on how to establish and implement a productive writing routine. We’ll primarily address issues associated with completing a long-term writing project, but these may also apply to juggling smaller, multiple projects.

March

  • Spring Write-In
    Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, FA 2.206

    This two-day event is designed to support graduate students’ writing goals by providing them with a quiet, distraction-free space where they can focus on their own projects while working alongside their peers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss their work in one-to-one sessions with professionals from the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Creating Titles and Abstracts
    Wednesday, March 21, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This workshop focuses on how an effective title and abstract can attract, inform, and impress your targeted readership. Join us to learn more about the key role that they play in getting your article published and your conference paper accepted.

  • Defending the Dissertation Proposal
    Wednesday, March 28, from 3:00 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    Student Panel Discussion
  • This panel discussion covers practical techniques and best practices for presenting the oral defense of the dissertation proposal from the doctoral student’s perspective. The panel will be made up of Ph.D. students who have successfully defended their proposals and represent a variety of the university’s doctoral programs in the sciences and social sciences.

April

  • Publishing Your First Journal Article in the Humanities
    Wednesday, April 4, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This workshop focuses on fundamental issues associated with publishing your research, one of the most important things you can do to advance your academic career. Join us to learn concrete strategies for identifying the most competitive journals, communicating with editors, and preparing and submitting a manuscript for publication in the humanities. This workshop is presented in collaboration with Graduate Career Services.

  • Publishing Your First Journal Article in the Social Sciences
    Wednesday, April 11, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, FA 2.206

    This workshop focuses on fundamental issues associated with publishing your research, one of the most important things you can do to advance your academic career. Join us to learn concrete strategies for identifying the most competitive journals, communicating with editors, and preparing and submitting a manuscript for publication in the social sciences. This workshop is presented in collaboration with Graduate Career Services.

Download the Spring 2018 Graduate Writing Services Brochure!

 

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