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.

The following quick guides are also available to assist graduate students in developing their writing skills:

Quick Guide to Writing Resources
Quick Guide to Scientific and Technical Writing
Quick Guide to Dissertation Writing
Quick Guide to Scholarly Publishing
Quick Guide to Style Manuals

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

All workshops are 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 Center Workshops
Spring 2018 Workshops

Human Subjects Research: What is it? How do You Navigate Through the IRB Process?
A Two-Part Workshop Series for Graduate Students

Staff from the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS)
309 Sproul Hall | Register Online

Workshop I: Fundamentals of Human Subjects Research

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2 – 3:30 pm
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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm
Adrienne Tanner, CIP, IRB Assistant Director, 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.


How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal

Friday, March 2, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall  | Register Online

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


Editing and Revising Writing Workshop

Friday, March 16, 2018, 2 to 4 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online

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.


Writing the Dissertation: Strategies and Pitfalls

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3 to 4:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online

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.


Applying for a Fulbright-IIE Grant

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 1 to 3 pm, 309 Sproul Hall Register Online

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).