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Upcoming Events

"Collecting & Organizing Your Research With Zotero"

Monday, January 27th from 4:00-5:30 in the Writing Center


"Managing Your Thesis:  Getting a Head Start with the Thesis Proposal"

Monday, February 3rd from 4:00-5:30 in the Writing Center


"Writing the Lit Review"

Wednesday, March 5th from 4:00-5:30pm in the Writing Center


"End-of-the-Quarter Write-In"

Saturday, March 15th from 11am-3pm in the Writing Center


Our Graduate Staff

The Graduate Research/Writing Center is staffed by a team of graduate TAs from across the disciplines.  Each has a specific area of expertise, yet all are trained to assist in research/writing from any discipline.  

Alison     MBA program

Denise    MIT (English)

Kalee       Kinesiology

Kira          Environmental Science



During the spring of 2013, the Graduate School funded a needs assessment research project that was conducted by four WWU graduate students and chaired by Roberta Kjesrud, Director of the Writing Center.  

Based on the gathered data, the research group made recommendations for the establishment of a Graduate Research/Writing Center to support the learning of graduate students across campus.


Graduate Student Services

Writing Conferences

Whether you are working on a seminar paper, a cover letter to a PhD program, or a proposal for a sizeable research grant, we have a dedicated staff of graduate TA's who can help you with your writing project.  Though we may not be experts in your specific field, we are experts in reader response and can provide feedback to help you revise your project.  

Writing conferences are offered face-to-face (email us to schedule a conference) or through digital correspondance (send us a draft).


Ongoing Thesis Support

Writing a graduate-level thesis is one of the most time-consuming and intellectually difficult writing projects you can ever undertake.  Because a single writing conference leaves little time to really offer support for a thesis, we offer ongoing and sequenced writing support in the form of writing partners.  If you would like to request a writing partner, please send us an email.



We sponser a range of events that focus on different types of writing undertaken by graduate students.  During Fall 2013, our two different events will cover getting started with the thesis proposal and writing lit reviews, respectively (for more information, see side bar or click here).  For future quarters, we plan to offer events for writing resumes & cover letters, writing grant proposals, and getting published, just to name a few.  Email us if you would like information about our upcoming events, or if you would like to make a special request for another type of writing done in graduate school.  


Additional Resources

The Writing Center website contains a plethora of additional information and resources for writers.  





Program Leaders               Roberta Kjesrud                                Director, Writing Center  

aKelly Helms                              aAsst. Director, Writing Center


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