Writing Consultations

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Overview

Our graduate writing consultants meet with current 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.

All meetings are confidential and last 50 minutes. Our office is located in room 3300.10. 

***Please note — Graduate Center consultants assist current CUNY graduate students with their academic and professional pursuits. Recent alumni are welcome to make an appointment to work on scholarly material oriented toward getting into a new academic program or applying to a job. These appointments should occur from time to time, and cannot be scheduled on a regular basis. [Consultants will not assist recent alumni pursuing degrees at other graduate institutions with coursework, theses, and dissertations.]

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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