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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.

Summer 2023 Schedule

Date/Time: Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Writers' Rooms will be held in Krach Leadership Center (KRCH), Conference Room 148 except for Friday, August 4 (in KRCH 238).

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 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 2023 Schedule

Note: The Fall 2023 Intro to Graduate Writing Workshop schedule is TBD. Once the schedule is prepared, it will be avaialble to view here.

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

Writing Tools for Mid-Stage Doctoral Students 

for third, fourth, and fifth-year doctoral students with a current writing project 

With support from the Purdue Graduate School.

The Purdue OWL is offering an in-person workshop for doctoral students in their 3rd-5th years.  Academics need to produce a quantity of high caliber writing on a regular basis.  The Writing Tools for Mid-Stage Doctoral Students workshop series combines lessons related to productivity with independent writing time that will further attendees’ productivity on specific projects they are currently writing.  The workshop meets weekly for 5 weeks in March, with the week of Spring Break used for optional writing time.  Participants must attend all 4 of the other weeks and are encouraged to attend Spring Break week.  Topics of the workshop include Transitioning from Research to Writing, Maintaining Writing and Publishing Productivity, Clarity & Concision, and Peer Review.  Coffee and bagels will be provided, compliments of the Purdue Graduate School.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Dates/Times:  Fridays in March, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, in-person format

Anyone interested in attending this multi-week event should apply between February 13 and February 24, 2023.  Complete the application survey here.  Attendance will be limited to 35 participants due to space constraints.

For more information, see the introductory material in the application survey or email and include GRAD WRITING 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 Schedule

May 9-11 

May 16-18
May 23-25
June 6-8
June 13-15

Click here for additional information regarding the Summer 2023 IWE, including the schedule and answers to common questions.

Summer 2023 IWE Application Process

Applications for the IWE will be accepted between Friday, April 21, 2023, and 5:00 PM Friday, April 28, 2023.  For more information, email and include IWE in the subject line.

To access the application survey, please follow this link:  

Past Sessions

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