Graduate Writing Support Program

Three writing consultants stand next to poster for SoCal Writing Centers Association Tutors Conference 2018
Graduate Writing Consultants presented at the 2018 SoCal Writing Centers Association Tutors Conference.

Our Mission

The Graduate Writing Support Program facilitates academic and professional growth by promoting writing skills applicable to multiple genres and disciplines. We provide constructive criticism and suggestions for alternative approaches during consultations centered on higher-order writing concerns, such as focus, audience, organization, and development. We aim to assist students in further developing their writing skills through a continual evaluation of their behaviors and beliefs about writing.

Students are welcome to consult with us about:

  • Thesis, project report, and dissertation
  • Preparation for comprehensive exams*
  • Classroom assignments
  • Personal statements, statements of purpose, and other essays for admissions applications
  • Funding applications
  • Presentations
  • And more!

* We are happy to help students prepare ahead of comps, but CANNOT help during the exam. Please bring your exam guidelines!

If we feel you will be better served by a different office or department, we will direct you to more relevant resources and offices on campus. While we do not copyedit or correct texts for grammar, punctuation, or spelling, we are happy to address specific questions regarding their usage. 


When scheduling appointments, we ask that students respect the following guidelines for writing consultations:

  1. Writing consultations will focus on higher-order writing concerns, such as focus, audience, organization, and development. We are happy to assist at any stage, from brainstorming to the final draft.
  2. Writing consultants will not copyedit or correct students' writing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. We can provide a list of editors for hire upon request.
  3. Students should come prepared to the appointment with specific questions regarding their writing
  4. Appointments are scheduled for 50 minutes; we expect that students will arrive promptly. If students are more than 10 minutes late, the appointment will be canceled and opened up for drop-in hours. Students working on group projects or papers are encouraged to schedule an appointment together as a group, so that all group members may benefit from the experience. 
  5. Students may schedule one consultation appointment per week, one week at a time. Additional appointments may be scheduled only after the current one has been completed.
  6. Students should bring to the appointment two paper copies of the assignment and a copy of the assignment instructions so that the writing consultant can be of adequate assistance. Students are also encouraged to email the digital file of their assignment to their writing consultant at least 24 hours before their scheduled appointment.
  7. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule their appointments ahead of time. Students will be prompted to create an account via Appointment Plus (separate from their Cal State LA login).
  8. Students must cancel appointments 24 hours in advance, either via Appointment Plus or by phone. Failure to show up for an appointment or provide 24 hours notice of cancellation will result in the student having to wait one week before scheduling another appointment.



NOTE: Students may schedule only one appointment at a time, and will be limited to one appointment per week during busy periods. 

Graduate Writing Support Program Hours, Fall 2018
Monday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Writing consultants are available by appointment only during Spring Break and Summer Session. Writing consultations are not available on holidays or during Winter Session. 

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