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Graduate Writing Events

If you are a graduate student at the Purdue main campus in West Lafayette, you are invited to join us for special programs designed to help you progress with the writing requirements of graduate school.

Writers' Rooms

Writers' Rooms are dedicated times and places for graduate writers to work on their academic writing projects (e.g., scholarly articles, dissertations, etc.). Writers should plan to spend most of the two-hour block in independent writing; however, On-Campus Writing Lab tutors will be available for very brief, limited consultations if concerns arise during the writing time. Writers should bring whatever materials they need for successful work on their projects, including laptops, books and articles, style guides, research data, white board markers, pens, paper, etc.

If you are interested in joining, please sign up using the online scheduler under the "Group Programs" drop-down menu. All sessions will begin with goal setting and end with a discussion of what was accomplished.

Fall 2022 Schedule

Writers' Rooms will be held in Krach Leadership Center (KRCH), Conference Room 148 from on the following Wednesdays.

September 14th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
September 28th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
October 12th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
October 26th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
November 9th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
November 30th 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Graduate Writing Groups

Are you interested in accelerating your progress on writing projects? A writing group can provide the accountability you need to make this happen, and the Purdue On-Campus Writing Lab can help. We put together a Writing Group Vidcast that includes some information about forming your own writing group, including details about how the On-Campus Writing Lab can help. Then, collect your potential group and contact the On-Campus Writing Lab at Writing.Lab@purdue.edu to request a group consultation. 

Introduction to Graduate Writing Workshop

for first- and second-year graduate students
The expectations for writing in graduate school are much higher than for writing as an undergraduate.  As a graduate writer, you may undertake the writing of articles for publication, grants, conference presentations, a thesis or dissertation, etc.  The Introduction to Graduate Writing Workshop is meant to introduce graduate students in their first or second year to various aspects of scholarly writing so that they can become successful scholarly writers in their field of study.  The workshop is a four-part event, and participants are expected to attend all four sessions.  The four parts of the workshop focus on Getting Started, Drafting, Revising/Editing, and Project Planning.

Fall 2022 Schedule

Introduction to Graduate Writing Workshops will take place on the following Thursdays in October. Workshops will be virtual (Zoom).

October 6th 4:30 - 6:00 PM
October 13th 4:30 - 6:00 PM
October 20th 4:30 - 6:00 PM
October 27th 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Anyone interested in attending this four-part event should apply between September 22, 2022 and October 4, 2022.  Complete the application survey hereFor more information, see the introductory material in the application survey or email Writing.Lab@purdue.edu and include INTRO GRAD in the subject line.

Intensive Writing Experience—Thesis & Dissertation Writers

Sponsored by the Purdue On-Campus Writing Lab with support from the Purdue Graduate School.

The purpose of the Intensive Writing Experience is to give graduate students in good standing with their programs time to write or to revise their thesis or dissertation with support from On-Campus Writing Lab staff.

Participants will receive writing instruction and support from On-Campus Writing Lab staff, will spend significant time writing or revising their thesis or dissertation, and will network with other thesis and dissertation writers on campus.   

Summer 2023

Note: The Summer 2023 IWE schedule has not yet been determined. As information becomes available, it will be found here.

Click here for additional information regarding the Summer 2022 IWE, including the schedule and answers to common questions.

Past Sessions

Lectures and additonal resources from previous years' IWE sessions can be found throughout the Graduate Writing section.