The Graduate Writing Center assists graduate students in the development of academic skills necessary to successfully complete their graduate programs and prepare for future faculty and professional positions. This unit offers workshops on topics such as academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication, in addition to writing groups and individual consultations on these topics for graduate students.

To learn more, contact Sabrina Soracco, Director, Graduate Writing Center, at (510) 643-9392 or via email.


Graduate Writing Center Workshops
Spring 2017 Workshops


Human Subjects Research: What is it? How Do you Navigate through the IRB Process? A Two-Part Workshop Series for Graduate Students

With staff from the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS)

Workshop I: Fundamentals of Human Subjects Research

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 10 to 11:30 am, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online | Workshop Description

With Rebecca D. Armstrong, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director, Research Subject Protection, OPHS
This session is intended to be a basic introduction for students with little or no experience in human subjects research.

Workshop II: Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 3:30 to 5 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online | Workshop Description

With Adrienne Tanner, CIP, IRB Administrator, OPHS
This workshop will cover how to write a comprehensive protocol narrative and how to submit exempt and non-exempt protocols for review via the eProtocol online submission process.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal

Friday, February 24, 2017, 1 to 3 pm, 309 Sproul Hall  | Register Online | Workshop Description

This introductory workshop covers the basic principles of writing an academic grant proposal.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


Editing and Revising Writing Workshop

Friday, March 17, 2017, 2 to 4 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online | Workshop Description

In this workshop the following topics will be covered: how a professional editor works with a manuscript; how you can use the techniques of an editor to revise your own writing; and how you can diagnose and avoid common writing errors and weaknesses. The goal of this workshop is to enable workshop participants to be able to step back and use the skills of a professional editor to revise and improve their own writing.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


Upcoming Faculty Panel for Graduate Students On Applying For Fellowships & Grants in the Social Sciences

Monday, April 10, 2017, 1 to 2:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall | Register Online | Workshop Description

UC Berkeley Faculty Panelists:
Rosemary A. Joyce, Anthropology;
Andrés Rodríguez-Clare, Economics; and
Michael J. Watts, Geography.

To preregister for the Applying for Fellowships & Grants in the Social Sciences faculty panel, please go to https://berkeley.wufoo.com/forms/shk7vc105mzght/.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


Upcoming Faculty Panel for Graduate Students On Applying For Fellowships & Grants in the Humanities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 1 to 2:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall | Register Online | Workshop Description

UC Berkeley Faculty Panelists:
Mia Fuller, Italian Studies; and
Mary Ann Smart, Music.

To preregister for the Applying for Fellowships & Grants in the Humanities faculty panel, please go to https://berkeley.wufoo.com/forms/sbawcrg1g0gmde/.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


Writing the Dissertation: Strategies and Pitfalls

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 3 to 4:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online | Workshop Description

This workshop will focus on the basic strategies of successfully writing a doctoral dissertation. It will cover both strategies for organizing a large research project and for writing up the results of that project.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


Applying for a Fulbright-IIE Grant

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1 to 3 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online | Workshop Description

This workshop will provide an overview of the Fulbright-IIE application process for UC Berkeley students who will be applying for a Fulbright-IIE grant this fall. With Gina Farales Blanco (Fulbright Program Adviser, Graduate Fellowships Office) and Sabrina Soracco (Director, Graduate Writing Center).

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.


Graduate Writing Course

Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP) 320: Academic Writing for Graduate Students

Offered Every Spring Semester

Units and Grade Options: 2-unit course, graded S/U
Course Format: Seminar
Instructor: Sabrina Soracco, Director, Graduate Writing Center

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with formal instruction in the genres and mechanics of academic writing at the graduate and professorial level. Through presentations, readings, discussion, and weekly peer editing, graduate students will develop writing and editing skills necessary for their success as graduate students and future faculty.

Course Goals

  • To familiarize graduate students with the different genres of academic writing (e.g., seminar papers, journal articles, books, grant proposals, dissertation prospectuses, etc.) and how these genres vary from discipline to discipline;
  • To help graduate students become better writers by analyzing writing on both the micro (sentence) and macro (organizational) levels;
  • To teach graduate students basic skills of professional editing so that they can become better editors of their own work and that of peers;
  • To enable graduate students to apply these skills to a piece of their own writing and to the writing of peers.