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Engineering Writing Support

Engineering Writing Support

Graduate Writing Services has programs designed to give GradPack Engineers a leading edge in their writing and communication skills.  Graduate and postdoc trainees who engage in these programs will

  • strengthen writing skills and written deliverables in the Engineering Cafes workshop series
  • get strategies for revising academic and professional documents through individual writing consultations
  • manage writing projects and receive feedback from peers through online writing groups
  • earn hours towards the Graduate Writing Certificate from participating in these events
student writing laptop classroom
Students writing during an Engineering Cafe workshop (2019). Engineering Cafes are interactive workshops with a small group setting.

Programs for COE Graduate Students

Engineering Cafes: The Engineering Cafes are a series of interactive workshops where participants will practice and apply effective strategies for composing key academic and professional documents. These are “hands-on” sessions where we “think and do writing” and participants leave with strong drafts of documents through feedback from the facilitators and peers.

Individual Writing Consultations: Trainees can meet for 30-60 minute sessions to work on specific documents or features of their writing. Get strategies for starting, revising, or strengthening academic and technical writing: Research papers, articles, reports, proposals, application materials. Sign up on Dr. Katie Homar’s appointment calendar  or email Dr. Homar to set up an individual consultation. You may also email a draft of your project in advance to get the most out of the individual session.

Writing Accountability Groups: College of Engineering graduate students seeking motivation and accountability on a writing project can join our online writing groups through the Gradpack Slack space.  Members set and report weekly writing goals with opportunities to participate in virtual working sessions and individual consultations.

Join the Slack space at anytime by registering in REPORTER. Once you register, you will receive an automated email with a link to join the Slack space.

Resources for COE Faculty

Qiwen Cheng (Civil Construction & Environmental Engineering) works on her abstract.

Class Visits and Workshop Events: We are happy to collaborate with COE faculty to spread the word about our writing initiatives, for example, in the required first-year seminars. Faculty can request a course visit for a brief informational presentation about the Graduate School’s resources in their classes or collaborate to design a more extensive, “hands-on” writing workshop around a departmental event. To set up a class visit or plan a workshop, email Katie Homar.

Writing Course Consultations: We are happy to offer suggestions on designing and implementing writing into courses, building bridges with writing-focused departmental courses. To schedule a consultation about the writing in your classes, email Katie Homar.