Writing Support

hand holding pen and writingCEGE offers writing support to all currently enrolled graduate students at Stan State. During the Spring 2020 semester, we offer:

  • Individualized writing consultation appointments
  • Writing workshops and writing labs
  • Thesis/dissertation formatting workshop (offered by the University Library)

Writing Consultation Appointments Spring 2020

Individualized 30-60-minute online meetings 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. Faculty members who participate with CEGE offer professional, targeted feedback to help improve the quality of graduate student writing.

Instructions for consultations.
1. Please use WC online to reserve a writing consultation at least 24 hours before the date and time you would like to meet. Be sure to indicate whether you would like a 30 min. or 60 min. session.
2. In the email, please provide your name, degree program, and your goal for the writing consultation.

Meet our Writing Coaches

Dr. Jeniffer Pace Wittman holds a Master's degree in English from Southern Illinois University, and in Spring 2018 she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Schedule an appointment through the WC online

During Spring 2020, Dr. Pace Wittman is available from February 4th to May 27th

Available times:
Tuesdays 6-9pm
Wednesday 11-1pm

Dr. Monica Flores is a full-time faculty member in the Department of English. She is an active faculty member who actively participates in activities that support students' academic success at our campus.

Schedule an appointment through the WC online

During Spring 2020, Dr. Flores will be available From February 10th to May 8th
Available times:
Mondays 3:00-5pm
Tuesdays 10-11:30am


Saturday Writing Labs

In each monthly session, meet with Dr. Wittman and your fellow Stanislaus State graduate student peers to receive information on common grad school writing challenges. Please bring a laptop and any course assignments or writing projects you are currently working on. Sessions will adhere to the following format:

Hour 1: student questions and lecture
Hour 2: writing handout(s) and guided practice
Hour 3: individual writing hour


February 22nd, 9am-12pm
March 14th, 1pm-4pm (Cancelled due to COVID-19 action plan)
April 25th, 9am-12pm (Cancelled due to COVID-19 action plan)

This monthly workshops will take place at DBH 346

RSVP required with Dr. Pace-Wittman via email

Writing Workshops Spring 2020

Literature Review Support: Planning, Structuring, and Writing

Facilitator: Dr. Steven Drouin

What to expect from this workshop. This workshop will guide you through the planning, structuring, and writing of your literature review for your MA thesis, MA project, or dissertation. The workshop will cover how to read scholarly articles and using templates for organizing important information found therein. We will look at outlines and samples of literature reviews to formalize your thinking. Finally, we will look at sentence frames and language structures to build the bones of your paper. You will leave with both knowledge and organizing tools to help make your literature review awesome!!

Date/time: February 20th 10:30am-12:00pm
                  February 27th 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location: MSR 160 CEGE Conference room

RSVP is required with Dr. Steven Drouin via email

APA Guidelines Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to offer graduate students a refresher on APA Style 6th edition. The format is half presentation, half Q&A. Graduate students needing help with citing in-text and in their References are encouraged to attend!

Session 1: March 31st, 4:00 -5 PM
MSR 160 CEGE conference Room (Changed to ZOOM due to COVID-19 action plan)

Session 2: April 9th,  6:00-7 PM
Online, via zoom

RSVP with Kevin Augustine via email

Thesis/Project/Dissertation Formatting Sessions

Offered by the Thesis/Project/Dissertation Processing Staff Team

Preparation Guidelines Overview and Formatting Orientation The orientation will focus on the University’s preparation guidelines for a thesis/project and doctoral dissertation. A review of the thesis/dissertation format 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 dissertation. This orientation will be held in room LX27: Library Instruction Classroom in the Library Annex.

  • Wednesday, 2/26, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 3/18, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Drop-in Hands-on Consultation Stuck with formatting issues? Don’t know where to start? This is a drop-in session for hands-on assistance in using the online template when formatting your thesis, project, or dissertation.

This consultation will be held in room LX27: Library Instruction Classroom in the Library Annex.

  • Wednesday, 4/22, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/30, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

No RSVP required.

Email the University Library at GradStudents@Library.csustan.edu or call (209) 664-6570.

Previous Writing Workshops

1. How to write a Literature Review, Dr. Steven Drouin

2. Writing in Graduate School, Dr. Jennifer Pace-Wittman

3. GRE Writing Preparation Test, Dr. Monica Flores