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Writing Support

The Graduate School offers writing support for students in partnership with the Thompson Writing Program and English for International Students. Resources include academic courses, individual writing consultations, and additional support for international students.

Courses

Through The Graduate School's partnership with the Thompson Writing Program, graduate students can enroll in classes that support them in developing as writers. Below you'll find the current list of course offerings.

GS 805 Writing in the Natural Sciences (1 credit)

Major concepts for effective research-based scientific writing. Topics include: genres of scientific research writing; structure and function of research reports; grant proposals; introductions and literature reviews; writing methods; presenting results; designing diagrams, figures and tables; citations; writing with equations; sentence style and clarity; paragraphing for flow; plagiarism and text recycling. Priority for advanced PhD students in the natural sciences with specific writing projects/needs. Permission of instructor required. Earns 2 RCR credits.

Instructor: Dr. Cary Moskovitz, Associate Professor of the Practice, Thompson Writing Program
Offered beginning Fall 2016

Questions? Contact Dr. Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at hugh.crumley@duke.edu

GS 810 Grant and Fellowship Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (1 credit)

Major concepts for effective persuasive writing for grant and fellowship applications in humanities and social sciences disciplines. Topics include: overview of funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences; structure of grant proposals; structure of fellowship applications; effective writing for an interdisciplinary audience; writing methods; editing and revision strategies; plagiarism and text recycling. Permission of instructor required. Earns 2 RCR credits.

Instructor: Dr. Eliana Schonberg, Director of the Thompson Writing Studio and Assistant Professor of the Practice, Thompson Writing Program
Pilot offering Spring 2017

Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at melissa.bostrom@duke.edu

Individual Writing Consultations

Through a partnership with the Thompson Writing Studio, all students in The Graduate School can work with highly educated writing consultants through individual writing consultations. Consultants help at any stage of the writing process – from brainstorming and researching to drafting, revising, and fine-tuning a final draft. The Thompson Writing Studio asks that graduate students limit themselves to scheduling one appointment per week and come for any additional appointments on a walk-in basis. Graduate School students can schedule an appointment online and learn what to expect from a writing consultation.

Support for International Students

In addition to the resources listed above, students whose first language is not English may take advantage of classes and services available through the English for International Students (EIS) program. For more information, visit the EIS website.

Questions? Contact Dr. Brad Teague, Assistant Dean and Director, English for International Students, at brad.teague@duke.edu