Good writing is a process of continuous revision. A written piece is like clay that is worked and shaped many times until the sculptor is satisfied. Consultations help writers experience an objective and constructive analysis of their work, relieve their writing-related anxiety, and overcome obstacles in the writing process. We will help you to bolster the strengths of and combat the weaknesses in your writing.
We are happy to work with you on your dissertation chapter, dissertation prospectus, grant application, research paper, research statement, conference abstract, presentation, or coursework. We are ready to help you at any stage of the writing process from an outline to the final draft. We refer all students who require assistance with CVs and other career materials to Victoria Blodgett at Graduate Career Services. If you need help with your teaching portfolio or your teaching statement, schedule a consultation with Bill Rando or Kristin Rudenga at the Graduate Teaching Center.
Participating departments include Ph.D. programs in all disciplines and master’s programs administered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students in these programs are eligible to use our consultation service for free. Students from professional schools, post-doctoral fellows, MD students, and JD students are currently not eligible and are encouraged to contact their home departments.
If you need to cancel your consultation, you can access and cancel your appointment through your account in the scheduling system as soon as you are aware of the change and up to 24 hours before the time of your appointment. The system will not allow you to cancel your appointment after that time. If an emergency arises less than 24 hours before your appointment, you should immediately contact your advisor. Please note that if you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours in advance without a strong reason or do not show up, a fine of $25 will be charged to your Yale bursar account for every 30-minute appointment.
Please be aware that after three unexplained absences at appointments or frivolous cancellations, your eligibility to use the Graduate Writing Center will be revoked.
The Center’s objective is to help graduate students grow as independent academic writers, rather than to fix their papers. Writing advisors can work with you on clarity and coherence, discuss the development of your argument, offer strategies to strengthen your structure or express your voice. They can help you with your paragraph and sentence structure and enhance your grammar. The Writing Center does not provide copy-editing or proofreading services. If you are interested in improving your editing and proofreading skills, please consult our online tutorials.
Most individual consultations take place in the Graduate Writing Center located on 35 Broadway in Room 218. To access the building, please take the passage between Mory’s and Toad’s places from York Street (not Broadway). The Graduate Writing Center is on the second floor. Some consultations in the Natural and Social Sciences take place in the Medical Library (SHM) or Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) in the Kline Tower. You will be notified about the location of your consultation when you schedule your appointment.
Graduate School Writing Advisors are Ph.D. students with extensive experience in editing and teaching. Advisors’ positions are competitive and selective. The advisors in the Graduate Writing Center have proved themselves to be excellent in providing feedback to other students’ writing. We are very proud of them!