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There are four ways to schedule a private consultation:

  • Schedule it online at
  • Email your request to
  • Call 212-678-3789
  • Stop by our office at 162 Thorndike

Consultations are free for TC students.
All Graduate Writing Center advisors are current Teachers College or Columbia University graduate students and come from a variety of programs and backgrounds.
Services are provided one-on-one on the Teachers College campus. Currently, we offer online consulting only to students in online-only programs. To schedule an appointment for an online consultation, please e-mail us at 

GWC Consultation Policy

As of Spring 2018

Scheduling an Appointment
  • One appointment per day, with a maximum of one appointment per week. 
  • Appointments can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance, and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. While online requests are the preferred method of making an appointment, writers may also call, email, or visit the Center. These scheduling guidelines are in place to provide students equal opportunity to access the GWC's services. Please note that appointment availability may vary during peak periods. 
  • Appointments should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Appointment requests received via call or e-mail outside regular GWC hours (M-Th, 1pm - 7pm) will be processed the following business day.
  • Writers must complete an appointment form to confirm their appointment with a Graduate Writing Advisor.
  • Always bring a printed copy of your work. The Graduate Writing Center does not provide printing services. Writers may also bring their laptops to the consultation to take notes or make changes to their document.
  • Writers must fill out a "Consultation Goals" slip BEFORE a consultation begins and share it with their Graduate Writing Advisor.
  • A consultation appointment can be 30 to 60 minutes. Each appointment consists of a 5 minute summary at the end.  Please plan on working on one text (no more than 6-10 pages) per session.   
  • Please note that we do not allow students to meet with a writing consultant who may also be your Teacher's Assistant (TA) or Professor. If you schedule an appointment with your TA or Professor, we will cancel your session immediately. However, if the only available appointment is with your TA or Professor, please e-mail us directly including in the subject line "Appointment Scheduling - TA/Professor" and we will work with you to try to schedule an appointment for you. 
  • Students must only present their own work for consultation. If a student is working on a group paper, but the other members of the group are not present, consultants will only advise on the section of the paper written by the student who is present. 
  • Students working on group projects are welcome to attend the center together. We ask that no more than 3 students attend as a group. Please note that the person whose name is on the schedule must be present for the appointment. 

Late Arrivals and Cancellations

  • Writers must arrive on time. If a student is more than 10 minutes late it will be considered a missed appointment. If a student contacts the Center to notify us that you are running late, we will hold your appointment for up to 15 minutes. 
  • Cancellation Policy: Writers may login in or call or email the GWC to cancel their appointment. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. If a writer has not canceled the appointment within this time frame, it will be considered a missed appointment.  Writers who miss two appointments in a semester without 24-hour advance notice will no longer be able to reserve sessions in advance for the duration of that term. Walk-in appointments will still be available on an as-available basis. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Graduate Writing Center Coordinator.

Upcoming Workshops

Finals Write-In

Monday, December 3rd: 12:30pm- 3:30pm

Monday, December 17th: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Need a quite place to write?  Join the writing center team and your peers for a 3 hours session of focused writing.  Get your finals written before the end of the term.  Write-ins have limited space and will take place in 305 Russell.

RSVP to our finals write-ins here


Dissertation Writers Retreat

The GWC is hosting a Dissertation Writers Retreat, a small-group opportunity to write in solidarity with other doctoral students preparing to submit their proposal or final manuscript. An advisor will lead participants through goal-setting activities and discuss strategies for productive writing.

Participation is limited and priority given to those planning to propose or defend by May 2019. The retreat will be from 11 am-3 pm, January 14-17, 2019. You have the option of attending 2-day or 4-day sessions. To apply for the 2019 Retreat, please complete the application here by midnight on Wednesday, December 12th.


NEED AN ONLINE WRITING REFRESHER?  Check-out our webinars!

Clincal Writing Webinar 

Check out our webinar introducing the components of Clincal Writing here.  

 Goal Setting Webinar

Check out our webinar on Goal Setting available here

APA Style Overview

Check out our webinar on APA Style available here.