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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 2024 Schedule

May 20 to July 29: Mondays, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 

Location:  Krach (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.


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 four weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 4 weeks. Topics of the workshop include Transitioning from Research to Writing, Maintaining Writing and Publishing Productivity, Clarity & Concision, and Giving and Receiving Good Feedback.


Intensive Writing Experience—Thesis & Dissertation Writers

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.

For 2024, applications are due by April 21st. See this document for more details about IWE and the application process."

Complete the IWE application survey here.

Summer 2024:

  • May 14-16

  • May 21-23 (virtual)

  • May 28-30 

  • June 4-6