Graduate Writing Studio at Fresno State
Graduate Study Center
Henry Madden Library, 2119; 278-2450
Appointments: M-Th, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Graduate Writing Studio Policies
You must be a registered Fresno State graduate student to use the services of the Graduate Writing Studio.
Undergraduate students are not eligible for appointments. Undergraduates should use the Fresno State Writing Center or the tutoring services at the Fresno State Learning Center for their writing needs.
Graduate students may reserve one, 50-minute appointment per week (M-F). Appointments may be scheduled on-site (Graduate Study Center, room 2119), via telephone (278-2450), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Appointment slots are held until 10 minutes past the hour; after this time, the session will be given away to another student.
Failure to attend a scheduled appointment without notifying GWS staff 24 hours in advance will result in cancellation of subsequent appointments.
Consultants may work with students on projects, theses, or other longer papers as part of a Fresno State course assignment; consultants may also collaborate with students on professional development needs like cover letters for doctoral, employment, or scholarship applications. Otherwise, consultants are not permitted to advise students on written material unrelated to the pursuit and completion of a master's or doctoral degree at Fresno State.
Every hour the Graduate Writing Studio is open may be considered a "drop-in" time. Students often do not use all 50 minutes of a session, and there are occasionally students who fail to show up for scheduled appointments. If either of the Graduate Writing Studio doors are open (i.e., the "Consultation in Progress" sign is not posted), students are welcome to "drop-in" on the consultant; even if it's only for 15 minutes, it could be time well-spent.
Graduate Writing Studio Philosophy
The Graduate Writing Studio consultants view writing as constantly developing and changing, and they encourage students to engage in writing as a process through brainstorming, drafting, and discussing their work.
GWS consultants will meet graduate students at any stage of the writing process. However, consultants are not permitted to proofread and edit papers for mechanical and grammatical errors without explanation or discussion with the student.
GWS consultants are trained to promote collaborative learning, where the student is an active participant in the session; offer practical encouragement and constructive criticism; and direct students to resources that will help them continue their work independently after the session. The goal of each session is for the student to increase his or her skill level, confidence, and independence as a writer.
GWS consultants are trained as well to ask students questions about their writing goals and concerns. Given the length of most graduate-level writing assignments (e.g., theses, projects), consultants will not likely be able to review the entire piece of writing; students should be prepared to identify which portion or portions of an assigned writing task they wish to cover within the timeframe of the consultation.
The handouts contain some common issues we cover in consultations. The Power Points are shorter versions of the classroom presentations or mini-workshops offered on campus.
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