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The Richard Wright Center for Writing, Rhetoric, and Research

Writing In Graduate School

As a graduate student, you are preparing to enter conversations on issues that matter in your field. Participating in professional conversations involves writing and getting feedback from peers, colleagues, and professors. In the Richard Wright Center (RWC), you have the opportunity to receive feedback from trained tutors at any stage of the creative and research processes as you develop written, oral, and visual representations of your ideas for an academic audience.

How You Can Use the RWC

  • Get feedback at any stage of a research project (e.g., proposal, literature review, methodology, results, discussion)
  • Take an 8-Week Certificate Course “Writing in Graduate School”
  • Participate in thesis and dissertation roundtables
  • Prepare for a conference presentation
  • Create visual aids (e.g., posters, PowerPoint slides)
  • Revise an article for publication
  • Practice for a thesis or dissertation defense
  • Invite us to your cohort or study group meeting to talk about research and writing 

More Resources

Writing in Graduate School

Writing Under Pressure: GECE Essay

Developing a Research Proposal

Writing a Literature Review

Writing a Discussion Chapter

Things About a PhD Nobody Told You About — In this TED talk, Laura Valadez-Martinez shares 7 challenges she faced while going through the PhD process.

Seeking a Professional Editor?



Our writing consultants are trained to work with students on a wide range of writing projects, including:

  • Academic papers and essays
  • Research proposals and papers
  • Personal statements and scholarship applications
  • Lab reports and scientific papers
  • Creative writing
  • Business and technical writing

Our Richard Wright Writing Center for Writing, Rhetoric, and Research is open to all students and our services are provided free of charge. We offer both online and in-person consultations and we schedule appointments in advance or welcome walk-ins.

Our Vision

Our goal is to help students become more confident and proficient writers and to empower them to take ownership of their own learning and writing process. Whether you are struggling with a specific writing assignment or just want to improve your writing skills, we are here to help.

The Richard Wright Center for Writing, Rhetoric, and Research


H. T. Sampson Library
1st Floor
Digital Intellectual Commons