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Graduate Writing Center

As a branch of the Teachers College Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate writing center has the following mission and vision.  


The mission of the Teachers College Graduate Writing Center is to provide a range of services designed to support all members of the TC community as writers and graduate students.  As a school of practitioners, we believe that writing is a tool that can help students connect theory and practice. While ensuring that students have access to the norms of academic English, our staff also believes that language expectations should be fluid, and we value the notion that effective writing utilizes multiple forms of communication. As graduate students from a variety of disciplines, we work with writers to adopt multiple paths to clarity. Consultants work to help students understand writing as a process and facilitate students in navigating this process on their own.

To advance these goals, we provide the following services:

  • One-to-one writing consultations for generating ideas, probing academic papers, or providing constructive feedback
  • Monthly Workshops on a variety of academic and professional topics
  • Periodic write-ins to provide a collaborative space for writing
  • Writing Retreats for doctoral students during University breaks
  • NEW: Small, responsive mini workshops generated from consultant data and client feedback


The GWC is committed to providing equitable access to writing resources and seeks to address the needs of our community regardless of ability, native language, country of origin, as well as the myriad commitments of students pursuing graduate study in a city like New York. As a Center, we are committed to growth and foresee our community expanding to one that incorporates a range of academic resources beyond writing, and more online resources that further our goal of equitable access and self-directed learning.


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.

Mini Workshops:

The Teachers College Graduate Writing Center offers weekly small group workshops of 4-5 people for 2 hours of intensive writing support.  Themes of mini-workshops include: outlining, writing an effective thesis statement, and paragraph organization. Information about these workshops is available through the website.  

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 two hours, and free of charge for TC students.

Walk-In Options:

The GWC holds walk-in hours during the Fall, Spring and Summer A semesters. Writing Advisors are available for brief (15 minutes) sessions. Check the website for dates and times of 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 the availability of walk-in appointments.

Graduate Writing Center

Office of Student Affairs


Thorndike Hall, Room 162