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:
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 2020
Human Subjects Research and Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process: A Workshop For Graduate Students
Friday February 14, 2020 10:30 a.m. to noon, 309 Sproul Hall | Register Online
This workshop will provide an introduction to human subjects research and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. 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. With Rebecca D. Armstrong, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director, Research Subject Protection, and Adrienne Tanner, CIP, Assistant Director, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS).
How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal
Wednesday February 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall | Register Online
This introductory workshop covers the basic principles of writing an academic grant proposal.
CANCELLED: Editing and Revising Writing Workshop
Friday March 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall | Register Online
This workshop has been cancelled.
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.
CANCELLED: Applying For A Fulbright-IIE Grant
Wednesday April 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 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).
CANCELLED: Writing the Dissertation: Strategies and Pitfalls
Wednesday April 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 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.
ALL OF THE ABOVE WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO UC BERKELEY GRADUATE STUDENTS IN ALL DISCIPLINES. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO PREREGISTER FOR ANY OF THESE WORKSHOPS, PLEASE VISIT THIS WEBSITE. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. FOR DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATIONS, PLEASE CALL (510) 643-9392 IN ADVANCE OF THE SCHEDULED WORKSHOP.
Credit Courses Offered by the Graduate Writing Center
The Graduate Division offers several credit-bearing courses for graduate students to develop professional-level skills in teaching, mentoring, and writing, as part of its Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP). The Graduate Writing Center offers the following course:
GSPDP 320: Academic Writing for Graduate Students
Units and Grade Options: 2-unit course, graded S/U
Course Title: Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP) 320: Academic Writing for Graduate Students
Course Format: Seminar
Instructor: Sabrina Soracco, Director, Graduate Division Graduate Writing Center
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.
- to familiarize graduate students with the different genres of academic writing (e.g., seminar papers, journal articles, books, grant proposals, dissertation prospecti, 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.
For more information about this course, please contact the Graduate Division Graduate Writing Center, 307A Sproul Hall, (510) 643-9392.