MSU students working on graduate-level writing can find support from the Writing Center in the following ways:
One-on-one appointments, both in-person and online, with graduate or undergraduate peer tutors.
Interdisciplinary graduate writing groups, a small group of graduate students working together to improve their writing.
Focus Fridays, a weekly "write with us" time during which grad students work alongside each other. Come for part or all of the time. Tutoring is available.
Looking for other ways to work on your writing? What about a workshop or a writing retreat? The MSU Writing Center will be offering a Responding to Student Writing workshop on Oct. 12, 2021 and more workshop or retreat opportunities in spring 2022.
Keep reading for more information or contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Erin Strickland, at [email protected] or (406) 994-5314.
One-on-one appointments with tutors are available online or face-to-face in our Wilson Hall and Library locations. Graduate students may make appointments with graduate or undergraduate peer tutors. Appointments are 45 minutes long, and students can make appointments here:
Meet our graduate peer tutors:
Hello, I'm Clare! I'm a New England gal at heart, but over the past five years, northwest Montana has become home. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, I moved to Whitefish to make my living as a writer and editor for magazines like Powder. Now, I'm happy to be in Bozeman working on a MA in Environmental History and Philosophy, where I'm interested in nature, culture, and spirituality. Whether you work on architecture, zoology, or anything in between, I look forward to working with you!
Hi everyone! I’m Rose and I’m a 2nd year M.A. student in the History program. I’m originally from Indiana, but spent most of my summers trading in the cornfields for the mountains as I traveled with my family out West. When I’m not busily reading books for my classes, you can find me hiking (typical, but true!), baking, or taking care of one of my many house plants. I always value meeting writers wherever they’re at in the writing process, so don’t be shy! I can’t wait to work with you!
Interdisciplinary Writing Groups
Writing groups are for graduate students who want to improve their writing and learn more about the writing process, giving feedback, and incorporating feedback from others. The goal of a writing group is to create a community of graduate students who engage intellectually with one another on drafts. Writing groups are supportive, collaborative, non-evaluative spaces.
By signing up for a writing group, the writer agrees to attend at least four group meetings; however, it will be up to the group to decide when they will take place. At the end of four meetings, if the group determines they would like to continue to work together, arrangements will be made.
If you are interested in joining a writing group, please complete this registration form. You will be contacted by email to set up an initial studio meeting.
Focus Friday is an opportunity for graduate writers to come together to write. Research and writing can be an isolating experience, and the Writing Center aims to be a place where students can connect with one another, even if you're just working side-by-side on different projects.
Every Friday morning (excluding university-sanctioned holidays), you can come to the Writing Center to write. Bring your laptop, cord, water bottle and write with us between 9 a.m. and noon. You decide how much time you will dedicate to writing and set an achievable goal for yourself for that day. You will meet Writing Center tutors, and can ask questions, get help, or share successes and frustrations.
If you can't make it to campus, join us virtually. Use this link to join Focus Friday online. A Writing Center tutor will check in with you over Microsoft Teams at 9 a.m. and again at noon to check in with you about your progress.
Graduate Writing Events
Responding to Student Writers
Does your work as a GTA require grading and/or responding to student writing? While grading criteria vary from course to course, there are guiding principles that can make commenting on student writing easier and more efficient. This workshop will cover underlying theory on how novice writers respond to instructor comments and provides suggestions for how to approach that stack of papers waiting for your feedback. Bring your lunch and your questions.
Where: Writing Center 1-115
When: Tuesday, October 12 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
In September, seven students gathered at the Writing Center for a two-part workshop discussing Joshua Schimel's book Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. We focused on the section of Schimel's book about story structure and sentence-level choices and looked for ways in which writers in the sciences can activate writing and engage readers. Writers were encouraged to take their work to the Writing Center's grad tutors to apply those concepts to their own writing. Missed it? No problem. The workshop will be offered again in spring semester.
In fall 2021, the Writing Center hosted a graduate writing retreat. Nine writers dedicated a Friday evening (5-8 pm) and all day Saturday (9-4 pm) to making progress on their writing. By carving out that time to work, they experienced how productive it can be to work in the company of others. Some worked on dissertations, some on class assignments. We talked about writing processes and each student was asked evaluate their own process to figure out what works best for them. Are you also going to need some dedicated time to work on your writing? Join us in the spring for the next writing retreat.