Writing Support

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CEGE offers free writing support to all currently enrolled graduate students at Stan State. During the Spring 2019 semester, we offer:

  • Writing consultation appointments
  • Graduate writing groups
  • Saturday writing retreats
  • Thesis/dissertation formatting workshop (offered by the University Library)


Writing Consultation Appointments

Individualized 20-minute meetings (in-person, or online using Zoom) with a writing coach to get feedback on a writing assignment. Discuss and receive help on any aspect of writing, from developing your ideas, to organization, style, or syntax. CEGE writing support coaches do not offer editing services; they do offer professional, targeted feedback to help improve the quality of graduate student writing. You can request an appointment using our online InfoReady system; a writing coach will get back to you to schedule an appointment within 24-48 hours. You will need the following information:

  • Name and contact info
  • Course (if relevant) and/or project type (term paper, thesis, dissertation)
  • Writing issue (sentence structure, organization, etc.)
  • Your availability over the next week.

To request an appointment, complete the online CEGE Writing Consultation Appointment form on InfoReady (available starting on February 8 and ending on May 8, 2019)


Graduate Writing Groups

Join a small group of your fellow grad students for weekly 90-minute focused sessions to get writing done, stay motivated, and develop good writing habits. Each session will begin with a fun 5-minute discussion or writing tip, and your choice of free beverages and snacks. Then, everyone will work on their writing assignments for a solid 80 minutes. Bring your laptop and your headphones (or, just listen to the click-clack of your fellow writers). Writing groups will meet in a quiet, comfortable conference room with a range of seating options in MSR 160. Sign up for the CEGE Graduate Writing Groups on InfoReady to join a weekly session:

  • Mondays 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Alternatively, if you can a group of at least 4 grad students together, we may be able to host your own writing group. Contact Dr. Matthew Cover (mcover@csustan.edu) if you're interested.


Writing Retreats

Commit to a large block of writing time to make major progress on a big assignment. We offer sustained, quiet time for writing without distractions, including free beverages and meals, in a supportive, focused environment. Bring your laptop and your headphones (or, just listen to the click-clack of your fellow writers). Enjoy a comfortable chair and table in a light-filled, air-conditioned space.

  • Spring 2019 Dates TBD


Thesis/Project/Dissertation Formatting Workshop

Hosted by the University Library, this workshop will focus on the University's preparation guidelines for a master's thesis or project and doctoral dissertation. A review of the organization of the thesis/dissertation will be presented and sample layouts examined from the online thesis/dissertation template. Formatting tips and problem areas will be discussed, as well as the process for submitting the thesis, project, or disseration. This workshop will be held in room L240 on the Library’s 2nd Floor.

  • Tuesday March 5, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday March 27, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

The library also offers open sessions (drop-in) for hands-on assistance in using the online template when formatting your thesis, project, or dissertation. This workshop will be held in room L240 on the Library’s 2nd Floor.

  • Tuesday April 16, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

More Info Here- University Library web page