Graduate Writing Studio at Fresno State (GWS Video)

Henry Madden Library, 2119;   278-2450

Fall 2015 Writing Studio Appointments

Fall hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm; Friday 9 am - 4 pm

Extended Zoom hours: Monday 8 - 10 pm; Saturday 9 am - 12 pm

Call 278-2450 or email to schedule!

 Graduate Writing Groups

Are you looking for additional writing support?  We are forming multi-disciplinary, discipline-specific, and virtual (ZOOM) writing groups. 
Check out our information on Graduate Writing Groups! (162kb)

NEW !!!!! Poetry Group - come to our first meeting: Thursday, October 15 @ 1pm.  Chuck Radke will be presenting on the Poetry Thesis Template. If you are interested in joining, click here.

GWS Blog  

The Fresno State Graduate Writing Studio blog is focused on topics pertaining to graduate students and academic writing.  We hope it will be a helpful writing resource.  Check it out now!

Graduate Student Success Series (GSSS)

Reference librarians and Graduate Writing Studio staff offer informative workshops on EndNote, the thesis submission process, academic writing, and APA style. Check out the October 2015 schedule!

Sign up now - GSSS October workshops

 International Graduate Student Success Series: Academic Writing in English

For those of you who were unable to attend the first sessions, Academic Writing in English will also be offered starting in October with session meeting on Thursdays from 2 pm - 3 pm (10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19).

Sign up now!

This is a free series consisting of five sessions.  It is designed to help develop your writing skills according to the academic requirements of this university. Some of the topics that will be covered include: sentence and paragraph construction, essay organization and structure, and documentation of sources. You can find more information here.

Virtual Consultations with Zoom!

Zoom Meeting Experience

Zoom is an online meeting and conferencing platform that allows for audio, video, and screen sharing.  It is an easy to use and high quality solution for those students who, due to distance and time constraints, are unable to physically meet with writing consultants.  If you would like more information about Zoom, please visit their website:

In the Graduate Writing Studio, we are utilizing Zoom for one-on-one writing consultations.  We are implementing “Zoom only” and “Zoom hybrid” sessions.  “Zoom only” sessions use the audio, video, and screen sharing features.  “Zoom hybrid” sessions use the screen sharing features of Zoom along with audio via a traditional phone line. The hybrid session accommodates students who may not have a microphone-enabled computer.  In this instance, the consultant will invite the student to the on-line Zoom meeting and will also call the student on the phone. 

For information on how to access and use Zoom, please see our Zoom Guide for Students (pdf -1.1 MB).  Also, check out our new Zoom infographic(pdf 646 kb)!

NEW! Video on How to Join a Zoom meeting!

NEW! Video on How to Access Video and Audio Settings!

Zoom consultations brought to you in part by the Graduate Net Initiative.

Graduate Writing Studio Policies

You must be a registered Fresno State graduate student to use the services of the Graduate Writing Studio.

Graduate students may schedule appointments on-site (Graduate Study Center, room 2119), via telephone (278-2450), or via email ( 

Beginning Fall 2015: to accommodate the maximum number of students and to minimize the  number of "no shows" and last minute cancellations, students may now book appointments up to two weeks in advance.  We are no longer scheduling semester-long standing appointments. 

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.

Drop-in Hours

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 time frame of the consultation.

Graduate Study Center

All Fresno State graduate students are welcome to use the computer workstations and study rooms in our study center space. No reservations are required.

Handouts and Power Points

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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