Graduate Writing Support Services

Graduate Writing Support Services are designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars develop flexible, rhetorical skills in oral and written communication that will enable their effective participation in many areas of scholarly and professional lives. We offer a variety of writing workshops with topics including, but not limited to, designing research posters, responding to feedback from journal peer reviewers, composing effective research paper introductions, and  public science communication. Additional programs include writing retreats, accountability groups and writing days, Camp Completion, and semester-long development series.

Graduate Writing Support Services work in conjunction with the Teaching and Communication Certificate to deliver programming and training activities to meet the requirements of the certificate program.

Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD)

All theses and dissertations written at N.C. State must be submitted through our online, electronic system in the Graduate School’s required format. The ETD website has all of the information for you to do this successfully.

Programs

Writing Retreat / Accountability Group

We are offering a fall semester writing retreat/accountability group for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars working on a theses, dissertations, journal articles, research proposals, or any other writing project. Participants will “meet” online during the semester and participate in an online writing accountability group. Participants will have optional writing days in Hunt Library or D. H. Hill Library as well as the opportunity to participate in weekly challenges to win prizes.

When: the program will start on Sunday, September 2
Who can apply: Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

There are two (2) requirements for the writing retreat application:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A fully refundable motivational deposit of $50 in the form of a check, made out to NC State University.

*See page 1 of application package for directions on submitting these requirements.

To secure your seat in the writing retreat you must complete both elements of the application package. Please read the entire application package for full details and instructions. Once your completed application is received, you will receive an email confirming your seat and providing you with more details.

Cancellation Policy

Should your schedule change, you may cancel your seat in the writing retreat by September 7, 2018. Cancellations made prior to this date will have their motivational deposits checks returned. Cancellations made after this date will result in a forfeiture of the motivational deposit.

Camp Completion

Camp Completion is an intensive week-long retreat designed to help advanced graduate student writers make significant progress toward the completion of their theses, capstone projects, or dissertations. Camp Completion offers participants significant periods of dedicated writing time to make progress on their writing projects, short activities which enable them to establish good writing habits and communicate their thesis/dissertation ideas to non-specialist audiences, and opportunities to consult with and get feedback from expert faculty writers and researchers. In addition to providing access to writing experts and dedicated writing time, lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided every day.

Note: NCSU’s Camp Completion is adapted from Camp Completion at the University of Oklahoma, established by Dr. Michele Eodice and the award-winning OU Writing Center (used with permission).

When: December 10 – 14, 2018
Where: Hunt Library Creativity Studio
Who can apply: Master’s and Doctoral candidates at the writing stage of the thesis or dissertation
Applications available: October 1, 2018 – November 21, 2018

Application Package

There are three (3) requirements for your Camp Completion application:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Permission from your advisor or dissertation director to attend Camp Completion
  3. A fully refundable motivational deposit of $50 in the form of a check, made out to NC State University.

To reserve your seat in Camp Completion, you must complete all three elements of the application package. Your seat will only be reserved if the application is complete. We will hold seats on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Please read the entire application package for full details and instructions. Once your completed application is received, you will receive an email from the Graduate Writing Support Services staff confirming your seat and providing you with more details about the week’s schedule and expectations.

For more information, please email thesisdissertationsupport@ncsu.edu.

Cancellation Policy

Should your schedule change, you may cancel your seat in Camp Completion by November 26, 2018. Cancellations made prior to this date will have their motivational deposit check returned. Cancellations made after this date will result in forfeiture of the motivational deposit.

Timeline for Graduate Student Success

The completion of a doctoral degree includes many steps. We’ve created this timeline to help students navigate the various processes and to highlight where our programming can help students to better understand what’s ahead.

Timeline for Student

Click on the image for a larger PDF version with links to the various elements included here. Students can also save the PDF version to keep a copy for reference.

Contact Us

For general questions about Graduate Writing Support Services, contact us by email at thesisdissertationsupport@ncsu.edu.