The Graduate Writing Center offers assistance to graduate students and faculty from all academic disciplines. Consultants will work by appointment only with writers on articles, essays, theses, dissertations, and book proposals or manuscripts. We are not an editing or proofreading service, but we are happy to assist grad students with matters of organization, style, clarity, citations of sources, bibliographies, as well as grammar and punctuation patterns.
Appointments last from 30-90 minutes, and writers can schedule several sessions for lengthy pieces. Writers may also submit portions of their work through the Center for Writing´s OWL (online writing lab). Remember to allow ample time for the careful reading that graduate-level writing requires.
Our staff are conversant in and experienced with a variety of research documentation styles frequently required in TCU’s many grad programs. We keep on hand the most recent editions of all reference manuals such as The Chicago Manual of Style, The MLA Handbook, The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, The AMA Manual of Style, The Associated Press Stylebook, and many others. Many shorter documentation resources or teaching aids for these styles are available for download here.
The Graduate Writing Center conducts writing workshops and writing groups of interest to grad students in all disciplines, such as our annual Dissertation and Thesis Boot Camp. Check our “News” page or like us on Facebook for notification of these dates, locales, and times, or contact Dr. Steve Sherwood.
Write Now, the newly organized graduate student writing group sponsored by the Center for Writing, motivates and support graduate students during the challenging time of manuscript planning, researching, and writing. The group meets Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Lindsay Dunn in the Center’s conference room, 419-J Reed Hall. TCU graduate students at all stages of their careers and from all disciplines may participate in this writing group. Students who could benefit from the Tuesday afternoon sessions are encouraged to attend. If you have questions about joining Write Now, or if you would like to observe a session, please contact Dr. Dunn.
The Center for Writing recognizes the high level of disciplinary and writing expertise required of graduate students and faculty. Therefore, writers will work only with professional staff members who have advanced degrees. The Graduate Writing Center´s current staff members include:
Steve Sherwood, Ph.D., M.F.A., Director of the Center for Writing
Cheryl Carithers, M.A., Writing Consultant and Assistant Director of the Center for Writing
Cynthia Shearer, M.A., Writing Consultant and Assistant Director of the Center for Writing
Sidney Thompson, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.
Lindsay Dunn, M.A., Ph.D., Art History
Arch Mayfield, M.A., Ph.D.
If you would like to make an appointment with a Grad Center consultant, please log on to our online scheduler.