Graduate Student Programs

Write ON program

Registration for the Spring 2023 semester open on January 1st.

Participants are graduate students or faculty who commit to a minimum of three writing sessions a week and agree to spend the time working on papers, proposals, dissertations, articles, etc. In other words, this is your time, for your own work. This program is all online; everyone has a page on the Write ON blog to set daily and weekly goals and record their progress and we also host virtual hang-out-and-write sessions for interested participants. Studies show that the most productive and successful faculty are those who set aside time to write every day. We're pretty sure regular writing will get you through graduate school faster and with less stress too.

Please note: The Write ON program is designed to encourage graduate students and faculty to write regularly. It is not a program that teaches writing skills or provides feedback on work. Please use our other services - weekly meetings, appointments as needed, or online feedback - for one-on-one writing assistance.

Teaching in a Writing Center (RHET: 5375)

Wednesdays 3:30-5:20 PM, Spring 2023

This is a 3 SH seminar / practicum offered every fall and taught by Professor Carol Severino. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare graduate students and faculty to work in the Writing Center at the University of Iowa and/or other institutions. A secondary purpose is to introduce students to some important themes in writing studies. Students read articles, books, handouts, and web pages on the following related issues: reading and writing processes, one-on-one conferencing dynamics, second language writing, basic writing, first- and second-year college writing, writing across the curriculum, and writing center administration. Students keep a weekly journal in which they apply course readings to tutoring their own writing center students. An oral report on a case study of a student writer or on a resource for tutoring writing as well as a final written project are required. For more information and a special permission number, please e-mail Carol Severino at

Dissertation Camp

Our annual writing camp for dissertating graduate students takes place in the first two weeks of June every year. Each day begins with a group discussion and ends with a presentation focused on dissertation writing, but most of the time is spent writing. Participants set daily and weekly writing goals and Writing Center staff are available for consultations each day.

We have a limited number of spaces, so priority is given to students who are post-proposal and have some dissertation writing already done.

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity 

The University of Iowa is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, an independent professsional organization that focuses on helping academic scholars and researchers develop regular, productive writing practices. Membership is free for members of the University of Iowa community and open to graduate students.