Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program
Graduate Writing Project
With support from the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program offers a range of programs designed for graduate-student writers at the University of Rochester. The Graduate Writing Project organizes Writing Workshops, supports Writing Groups, and hosts Dissertation Boot Camps. We support graduate students from the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at any stage in your program, working on any kind of academic writing and research, from abstracts and article submissions to theses and dissertations.
Workshops are focused on general strategies for research and writing that can be applied across the disciplines. Formats range from presentations to hands-on workshops to discussions. Past topics have included writing with confidence, developing effective writing strategies, and time management.
Writing Groups set their own schedules and everyone in the group establishes their own writing goals. We offer a workshop/information session each semester to get your group started and we’ll continue to check in with your group throughout the semester to help troubleshoot problems and share tips and strategies. Unlike other models of writing groups that focus on reader responses and peer reviewing, our Writing Groups are dedicated to the work of writing. Successful groups tend to have 3-5 members and meet consistently. Many writers find a sense of community, support, and accountability in their Writing Group. Group members may be at any stage of writing and from any discipline.
Dissertation Boot Camp
Boot Camps are structured writing sessions where we provide the space, snacks, and strategy-based support, and you write. A workshop on the first day will help you learn how to create a specific personal plan and concrete writing goals. Tutors are available during boot camp sessions to offer feedback on your writing, discuss your writing process, provide a sounding board for ideas, etc.
Boot camps are held over the summer and throughout the academic year, and can last anywhere from 3 to 5 days (typical writing sessions last between three and four hours).
Registration is limited and requires a deposit, which will be returned in full upon completion of all requirements, which includes attendance and progress toward personal writing goals.
- September 10, Tuesday, 5-7 pm: Managing Writing and Research (dinner provided)
- September 27, Friday, 9:30-10:30 am: Intro to Writing Groups (breakfast pizza)
- October 17, Thursday, 4-6 pm: Strategy Stations (dinner provided)
- December 20, Friday, 5 pm: Writing Forward (at Distillery, we provide appetizers)
- November 19-21, TWR, 5:30-8:30 pm: Night Owl
- December 16-20, M-F, 12-4 pm: Fall into Winter
- January 6-10, M-F, 10-2 pm: Winter Break
- January 22, Wednesday, 5-7 pm: A Writer’s Tool Kit (dinner provided)
- February 4, Tuesday, 4-5 pm: Intro to Writing Groups (dinner provided)
- March 6, Thursday, 5-7 pm: Strategy Stations (pizza and wings)
- March 10-14, M-F, 10-2 pm: Spring Break
- End of May, June, and August boot camps will also be held
The Writing and Speaking Center
Graduate students may also schedule conferences with Writing and Speaking Center Consultants. While we do not offer proofreading or editing services, our Consultants will work with you to help you achieve your goals for your writing project. Before using the online scheduling system, you will need to call 585-273-3584 or stop by Rush Rhees Library G-121 to have your contact information added to our database.