Graduate Student Programs

Teaching in a Writing Center (CNW: 5375:0001)

Registration now open for Spring 2018. Please email Carol Severino for the special permission number.

This is a 3 SH seminar / practicum offered in the fall and spring 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

Write ON program

Please email to join the Spring 2018 Write ON program.

Writing sessions are held in the Writing Center, 110 EPB, Monday to Thursday from 7:30 - 9:20 am, and Friday from 8:00 - 11:00 am.  (Arranging a writing time later in the day is also possible, but there may be appointments going on at the same time).

Participants commit to a minimum of three writing sessions a week at the Writing Center, 110 EPB, and agree to spend the time working on papers, proposals, dissertations, articles, etc. In other words, this is your time, for your own work. We provide space, coffee, occasional treats and the comfort of knowing there are other people in the same boat. Participants set daily and weekly goals and can get feedback on their work by using our regular services. 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.

We also have a Write ON(line) program in which participants commit to writing at least three days a week, and then record their progress and support each other in an online forum. To find out more, please email us at

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

Dissertation Writing Summer Camp

This is a two week writing camp for dissertating graduate students which runs every year in the first two weeks of June. Participants meet Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Each day begins with a brief discussion of issues related to dissertation writing but most of the time is spent writing. Writing Center staff are available for consultations each day. Priority will be given to students who are post-proposal and have some dissertation writing already done.

Dissertation Write-In

None currently scheduled

This is a day long writing session for graduate students working on dissertations. Participants set goals for the day, participate in short discussions of dissertation writing issues and habits, and have the opportunity to consult with our staff throughout the day. Coffee, snacks and lunch provided.

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.