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 and postdocs 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 2019 Workshops


Human Subjects Research and Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process: A Workshop for Graduate Students

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 9 to 10:30 am, 820 Barrows Hall Hall | Register Online

With Adrienne Tanner, CIP, IRB Assistant Director, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS)
This workshop will cover the new regulations that will go into effect on January 21, 2019. Workshop participants will learn how to write a comprehensive protocol narrative and how to submit exempt and non-exempt protocols for review via the eProtocol online submission process.


Applying for a Fulbright-IIE Grant

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 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).


How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal

Friday, April 12, 2019, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall | Register Online

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


Writing the Dissertation: Strategies and Pitfalls

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 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.


Editing and Revising Writing Workshop

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 309, 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.