Graduate Services: FAQ
Graduate students can schedule only one 45-minute consultation per day. This policy supports the UWC’s mission of helping writers to build independent writing and revision skills. It also ensures that our consultants will be available to meet with the multiple writers who seek our services each day.
Exceptions to this policy (longer appointments and multiple consecutive appointments) are available only as accommodations for students with disabilities. To request this accommodation, please contact our front desk at 512-471-6222.
UWC consultants are trained to work with writers across disciplines. We emphasize practices that benefit writers from all fields and backgrounds, including pre-writing, revision, editing, managing time, and building professional work habits. At the same time, we recognize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to successful writing: conventions vary by discipline, genre, and the expectations of your audience (such as your thesis committee, journal editor, or hiring committee). We work with each writer to clarify those conventions. To do so, we refer to the resources in our in-house library, models of successful work in your field (such as an article from the journal where you hope to publish or a past dissertation directed by your advisor), and other sources of writing support at UT.
If you are interested in hiring an editor, visit our “Hire an Editor” page. We recommend searching Austin Freelancers or the national Editorial Freelancers Association (not affiliated with the UWC). For general guidance on copyediting services, we recommend Professor Wendy Laura Belcher’s overview: how to hire and work with an academic copyeditor.
In our interdisciplinary Peer Workshop groups, you’ll have the opportunity to exchange questions and constructive comments on drafts with readers outside of your field. This approach provides valuable preparation for sharing your writing with interdisciplinary audiences, such as hiring committees and grant proposal reviewers.
If you’re interested in forming your own group, among friends or in your department, the UWC’s presentation on Starting a Writing Group can help you get started. For more information on group availability, or to request a presentation visit, please contact Sara Saylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transitioning from College to Graduate Writing and
The Dissertation Genre and Professional Writing Habits.
- Purdue OWL – general writing/revision resources, including exercises in grammar and citation.
- Navigating the PhD – workshop series at Michigan State University’s Writing Lab, which addresses writing and other common grad student concerns (such as managing time and building professional relationships).