Writing Support

Writing and communication are essential for your success as a graduate student, regardless of your academic discipline or intended career field. The Graduate School is committed to helping you access the forms of writing that command power in your research fields and professional communities so that you can complete your degree and establish a trajectory for long term writing success.

Graduate Writing Calendar

View our current writing support offerings and add them to your own Google calendar.

Resources for Graduate Faculty

The Graduate School partners with other departments, colleges, and academic units on campus to support graduate students’ learning development and improve their productivity and resilience as writers. If you would like to schedule an in-class workshop, special event, or class visit, please fill out the request form.

College of Engineering Partnership

The Graduate School partners with the College of Engineering (COE) to provide support in technical writing, writing for U.S. academic audiences, and writing-enriched in-class workshops. Learn more . . .

Counseling Center Partnership

The Graduate School partners with the Counseling Center to offer co-facilitated workshops focused on psychosocial aspects of the graduate writing experience. Find out more about our Counseling Center Spring 2019 workshops below.

Feel like your writing is never enough? Do you struggle to finish papers and worry that your writing always needs more before you can turn it in, submit it for publication, or show it to someone? In this special workshop co-facilitated by the Graduate School and the Counseling Center, we will examine how identity issues, self-esteem, and mentoring relationships contribute to writing perfectionism. We will discuss strategies that you can use to manage expectations about your writing, build a more positive perspective about your research, and create healthy writing routines. Open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at any stage and in any discipline. Workshop Facilitators: Shannon Madden & Kate Hibbard-Gibbons

Friday, March 1 / 11:00 AM-noon / Fox Building room 140

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Are you looking for ways to create healthy working relationships with your colleagues during service activities or with faculty on your thesis/dissertation committee? In this special session co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Counseling Center, participants will learn strategies for facilitating productive committee relationships and communication strategies for effective team collaborations. Open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at any stage and in any discipline. Workshop facilitators: Shannon Madden & Kate Hibbard-Gibbons

Friday, March 29 / 11 AM – noon / Fox Building room 140

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Kannapolis Research Campus Events

The Graduate School partners with the Catalyst Research Group on the North Carolina State University Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to funding sources, how to locate grant and fellowship opportunities as a graduate student, and research strategies for identifying and responding to the mission and values of the organization and target funding source.

Friday, January 25 / Located on the Kannapolis Campus

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the basics of Grant Proposal Writing. Come to the workshop with a request for proposals for a grant you are interested in applying for and leave with a strong draft of your proposal executive summary.

Friday, February 15 / Located on the Kannapolis Campus

An important first step to publishing your research is identifying a publication venue for your work. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for locating and assessing appropriate journals for your work, writing letters of inquiry to press editors, and developing the tools to investigate the journal’s audience and mission.

Friday, April 26 / Located on the Kannapolis Campus

This interactive workshop will provide guidance on the basics of preparing manuscripts for publication. Come to the workshop with a journal you would like to publish in and leave with strategies for producing a manuscript that is appropriate for that journal in content, structure, and formatting.

Friday, May 24 / Located on the Kannapolis Campus

College of Education Partnership

Students in the College of Education can register for three workshops in Spring 2019 that are specifically focused around professional development in the field of Education.


In this interactive session, participants will develop strategies for composing Research Philosophy and Teaching Philosophy statements, which are documents teachers/scholars use to explain their research agenda and teaching approaches to tenure committees, potential employers, and colleagues. Special workshop for the College of Education.

February 5, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop facilitators: Jai Jackson and Shannon Madden. Contact Jai Jackson to register.


In this special workshop for graduate students and postdocs in the College of Education, participants will develop strategies for locating grants/fellowships to support their work and writing persuasive grant proposals. Bring a laptop and come prepared to locate and prepare for grant/fellowship opportunities.

February 7, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop facilitators: Jai Jackson and Shannon Madden. Contact Jai Jackson to register.


Establishing and maintaining an active research agenda involves managing complex research and writing projects and being strategic about selecting and engaging in professional activities. Come to this interactive workshop to learn more about how professional researchers establish themselves as leading scholars in their fields and balance multiple research, teaching, and writing commitments.

February 13, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop facilitators: Jai Jackson and Shannon Madden. Contact Jai Jackson to register.

Class Visits and Other Collaborations

Our Writing Support team can work with you on writing instruction, working with graduate student writers, and connecting students to our professional development resources. Contact us today to add your course to this list! We lead in-class workshops about disciplinary communication practices and graduate students’ professional development in collaboration with the following professors and academic units:

College/Department Course/Event Professor
College of Natural Resources FOR 603/803 Dr. Barry Goldfarb
Plant Pathology Masters Symposium Dr. David Ritchie
Global Luxury and Management Master of Science Thesis Writing Dr. Kristie McGowan
Biotechnology Program BIT 601 Dr. Bob Kelly
College of Humanities and Social Sciences FLE 402 Dr. Yash Preet
Office of International Students International Tea Time Dr. Yuka Kato
College of Engineering ECE 600 Dr. Huaiyu Dai
College of Engineering CSC 801 Dr. Rudra Dutta
College of Engineering ISE 601 Dr. Osman Ozaltin
College of Engineering ISE 553 Dr. Reha Uzsoy