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New Writing Space, Consultant for Graduate Students

Grad Student Writing Lab

The Graduate School and the TWP Writing Studio are partnering to provide a new writing space and an additional dedicated writing consultant for graduate students.

Launched this week, the Grad Student Writing Lab offers a dedicated space for graduate students to work on their dissertations and other writings. Students can work on their own or as part of small writing groups.

The lab is open from 9:00 a.m. to noon three days a week. Its location alternates between East and West Campus. On Tuesdays, it is in the Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121). On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it is in Bivins 207, with free parking nearby.

In addition to the dedicated space, The Graduate School is providing funding to have a graduate student Writing Studio consultant on hand during lab hours to provide brief, issue-based consultations; serve as an active listener or reader; and collect ideas about future workshops or programs that the lab might provide. The consultant can also support writing groups that meet outside lab hours, if needed.

Jacqueline Looney, senior associate dean for graduate programs, said the lab provides a space where students can write as part of a community.

“We tend to think of writing as a solitary act, but we know from experience that it can often be beneficial to write as part of a small group,” Looney said. “It breaks up the isolation of writing, and it helps productivity because group members can hold each other accountable to their goals.

“This new space offers our graduate students a quiet, dedicated place to write, whether alone or in groups. They can have as much anonymity or group accountability as they want. And if they need it, there is someone on hand to offer suggestions or just serve as a sounding board. We are delighted to be able to partner with the TWP Writing Studio to provide these new resources.”