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Writing Consultations

For Fall 2021, all consultations will be remote.

All meetings are confidential and last 45 minutes. Our office is located in room 3300.10.

Our graduate writing consultants meet with Graduate Center students to review students’ written materials and to discuss writing-related issues. Students can bring writing from a variety of genres, including course assignments, conference and dissertation materials, and more. Consultants address questions on both the micro (e.g., sentence structure, grammar, clarity) and macro (e.g., brainstorming, organization) levels. Consultants do not “correct” or copy-edit student writing; rather, they help students learn and implement writing strategies.  Consultants do not read materials ahead of appointments.

Book an Appointment!

Current GC students can sign up for writing consultation appointments using GC Connect. To make an appointment in GC Connect, follow these instructions or watch this video tutorial.

Please note that students can only schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance. Appointments are limited to two per student per two-week block; this includes cancellations.

For remote appointments, you will receive an appointment link from us via email shortly before your appointment.

For questions, email writingcenter@gc.cuny.edu.

About Writing Consultations

We assist with materials such as:
  • Thesis/Dissertation Proposals
  • Thesis/Dissertation Chapters
  • Graduate Coursework (e.g. presentations, bibliographies, seminar papers)
  • Conference Abstracts
  • Conference Talks
  • Personal Statements
  • Article Manuscripts
We address ‘big’ issues, including:
  • brainstorming ideas
  • the organization or structure of your document
  • the logic or “flow” of your ideas
  • the appropriateness of your argument for your reader
And we address ‘smaller’ issues at the sentence and paragraph level, including:
  • principles of English grammar, style, word choice, and punctuation
  • the “flow” of your sentences and sentence transitions
  • questions of clarity
Beyond our purview:

Graduate writing consultants help students learn and implement writing strategies rather than “correcting” or copy-editing student writing. Consultants direct students to their program faculty for field-specific expertise, to Career Office advisers for job-material expertise, to the Teaching and Learning Center for teaching documents, and to the library for citation questions.

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