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Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center, a branch of the Office of Student Affairs, offers a variety of writing services to the Teachers College community. During private consultations, students have the opportunity to focus on any aspect of their writing with one of our qualified consultants. The types of assistance often sought are on both the micro and macro levels, including brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and writing coaching and instruction. The Graduate Writing Center also offers workshops throughout the year on topics that meet the wide-reaching needs of the Teachers College population.

  • We provide qualified writing consultants to assist with a variety of writing task. 
  • We support students in practicing the many strategies effective writers use, from brainstorming to implementation.
  • We promote learning new writing skills for professional development.

Writing Consultations:

Meet one-on-one with a peer writing consultant about your specific writing needs. Writing Advisors are TC students who have excellent writing skills and enjoy working with other students. Advisors come from a variety of disciplines across campus.

Writing Groups:

The Graduate Writing Center is pleased to announce its newest initiative, writing groups.  The Teachers College Graduate Writing Center will facilitate Independent Writing Groups and Facilitated Writing Groups.  The independent Writing Groups, which are organized in Fall or Winter quarter, are for graduate students at the dissertation writing stage.  The groups, facilitated by Graduate Writing Center staff, are offered in the Spring and sometimes Summer.  

Independent Writing Groups
The Graduate Writing Center helps organize independent groups that run independently after a mandatory orientation workshop.  We organize these groups once a year, usually early Winter quarter.  To apply to be in an independent group, you may be at any stage of the dissertation as long as you are able to commit to writing 3-4 pages for each writing group meeting (weekly or biweekly).  If you are interested in participating in an independent writing group, please complete and bring the writing group questionnaire available on our website ( to the workshop listed in the "Upcoming Workshops" on this page.  Attendance at the workshop is mandatory for those interested in being in a group.  

In addition, graduate students who are trying to organize their own independent writing groups may contact us for information on best practices throughout the year.  Email questions to with "Independent Writing Group" in the subject line. 

The Graduate Writing Center is also sponsoring a Writing Group Grant Program.  Please look for additional information beginning Fall 2015.

Writing Workshops:

Hands-on workshops address a variety of writing concerns relevant to graduate student writers. Look for upcoming workshops, including Academic Writing, APA Referencing, Literature Reviews, Concept Mapping, Dissertation Writing Boot Camp, and more. Workshops are generally held on Saturday mornings for three hours, and free of charge for TC students! 

Walk-In Options:

The GWC holds walk-in hours on the 2nd floor of Gottesman Library during the fall and spring semesters. Writing Advisors are available for brief (15 minutes) sessions. Check the website for dates and times of library walk-in hours.

Walk-in appointments may also be available at the Graduate Writing Center. Students can call the Graduate Writing Center for additional information, including availability of walk-in appointments.


Graduate Writing Center

Office of Student Affairs