Graduate Academic Writing Support

4 students at graduation in cap and gown and hood

Graduation day for Dissertation Writing Workshop participants with Mary Ebejer

What types of support do we provide?

The College of Education and Human Development offers a variety of special-topics writing workshops for graduate students who would benefit from focused attention on core academic writing issues. For some students, these elective/no-credit workshops may be helpful refreshers, for others they may be much-needed specific instruction. Topics include Effective Writing and Citing to Avoid Plagiarism, Literature Review Structure and Purpose, and Analysis vs. Synthesis in Academic Writing, among others. See calendar of offerings and registration information below.

Doctoral students who need encouragement and support during the dissertation phase of their PhD program can work with Mary Ebejer, the CEHD Dissertation Writing Coach, through either one-on-one dissertation consultations or in weekly dissertation writing workshops held in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. These elective/no credit workshops are ideal for those who would benefit from the camaraderie and accountability of structured writing time, as well as additional support with their writing process. See below for one-on-one coaching information and Dissertation Workshop registration.

New This Fall: The Graduate Writing Intensive

The Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) is a specially designed mini-course for new CEHD graduate students (masters and doctoral level) with fewer than 18 credits. During our eight-weeks together, participants will learn and practice the fundamentals of graduate-level writing. They will also be introduced to invaluable tools that can help reduce the stress of producing high-quality, graduate-level papers for both coursework and capstone, thesis and dissertation writing. The GWI is for you if you are returning to the classroom after a hiatus in the professional world, are an international student needing help transitioning to the North American academic writing style, or you have always been a good-enough writer, but want to become a more confident, competent writer as you pursue this next level in your academic career.

Fee: $300

Limited to 15 participants. Register soon if you are interested.

Questions? Contact Mary Ebejer.

RegisteR for the GWI

How can I schedule a one-on-one appointment?

One-on-one appointments are currently limited to doctoral students in the dissertation writing phase of their PhD program. To schedule a dissertation consultation, contact Mary Ebejer.

Dissertation writing workshops

These elective/no credit workshops are intended for CEHD PhD students who are currently working on their dissertations and would benefit from the camaraderie and accountability of a structured weekly writing workshop, as well as additional support in their writing process from the CEHD Dissertation Writing Coach. These workshops do not replace work that you need to do with your Dissertation Chair—they are meant to enhance and support that work.

Ideally, participants should have completed Introduction to Doctoral Studies Seminar I (EDLD 6861) and Doctoral Studies Seminar II (EDLD 6862).

East Grand Rapids
Sundays, 1 - 3:30 p.m. (Library open 1:00 - 5 p.m.)
East Grand Rapids Library, 746 Lakeside Drive SE 49506

Kalamazoo
Tuesdays, 5 - 7:30 p.m. (Room available 5 - 10 p.m.)
3120 Sangren Hall

East Grand Rapids
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8 p.m. (Library open 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
East Grand Rapids Library, 746 Lakeside Drive SE 49506

Fee: $150. Please bring check payable to WMU to the first meeting.

Limited to 12 participants. Participants may attend at any/all workshop locations.

Questions? Contact Mary Ebejer.

Register

Graduate writing workshops

These elective/no credit workshops are intended for CEHD graduate students who would benefit from focused attention on several core academic writing issues. For some students, the workshop topics may be helpful refreshers, for others they may be much-needed specific instruction. Whatever the case, all are welcome and will leave each workshop with a nugget or two of practical information that will upgrade their writing or writing process.

Fall Workshops: Details to come.

Fee: Free!

Questions? Contact Mary Ebejer.

APA style resources

As social science scholars, CEHD students are expected to write in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th edition). In addition to attending one of the twice-yearly APA workshops, students can become experts in APA writing style by downloading and using the CEHD APA style resources.