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Writing and Editing

The Graduate School (TGS) funds various resources and workshops to enhance the professional development of graduate and postdoctoral students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities that support their academic and career goals.

To learn about Graduate Writing Services at Northwestern—and for updates on upcoming programming—you can subscribe to the Graduate Writing Listserv by emailing listserv without any subject line. Then, in the body of the message, type the following command: SUBSCRIBE WritingPlaceNews Firstname Lastname. You can also contact Elizabeth Lenaghan, the Assistant Director of the Writing Program.

Graduate Writing Consultants at The Graduate Writing Place

The Graduate Writing Place is Northwestern's home for peer writing consultations. Northwestern graduate students serving as Graduate Writing Fellows are available to assist with: writing assignments for course work; dissertation proposals and chapters; composing application letters and job materials; manuscript revision and submission; and more. For more information or to book an appointment, please visit the Writing Place website.

Cross-Disciplinary Writing Workshops

A series of two-hour graduate writing workshops are held throughout the academic year. The workshops are not discipline specific and provide participants with concrete strategies and exercises to improve both the quality and productivity of their writing both within the workshops and outside of them.

Grant and Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshops

In partnership with The Writing Program and Office of Fellowships, TGS offers a series of grant and fellowship proposal writing workshops in alignment with specific grant deadlines and led by writing experts. The goal of this series of workshops is to help students produce the strongest possible writing for proposals and increase the likelihood of securing funding. These are 5-day workshops for groups of 10-15 participants and occur each quarter. Consult the professional development events calendar for upcoming dates.

Dissertation Bootcamp

This two-week dissertation writing bootcamp is led by a facilitator and encourages students in their writing process. Participants meet each week, Monday through Friday, for quiet writing, workshops and individual writing consultations with the graduate writing tutor/workshop facilitator. Check the professional development events calendar for upcoming dates

Online Resources

The Writing Place website and blog provide users with advice, announcements, book reviews and practice writing exercises developed and curated by The Writing Place consultants and Writing Program faculty. To stay up-to-date on these resources and announcements, students and faculty are invited to “like” the Writing Place’s Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter.