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Graduate Research/Write-In

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Lawrence Write-In

Graduate Research/Write-In Overview

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, we invite you to join us. Attendees often appreciate the opportunity to write in a community setting and the energy and helpfulness of staff from the KU Writing Center and KU Libraries.

Who should attend?

All KU graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to spend the day writing with us.

What to expect

Our goal is to offer a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking and effective writing. We offer an environment without distractions, one that will allow you (should you wish) to connect with other graduate students who are committed to their academic and professional writing. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are also available for on-site consultations and give optional workshops on a variety of subjects.

Writing consultants. Research consultants. Data management consultants. Staff from the KU Writing Center and KU Libraries will be on hand for one-on-one meetings. We also try to help you with your writing and research needs by offering a variety of workshops. See below for details.

*** New Feature: Sign up for a one-hour dissertation consultation with the Graduate Writing Specialist (Ph.D.). Ask your dissertation specific questions and get guidance and support on this difficult process. Spots are limited so consider arriving early in the day to secure one.

A Typical Write-In Day:

10:00: Register, get settled, start writing

11:00-4:00: Write, attend workshops, meet with a writing consultant and/or librarian

5:00: Wrap up, head out

When and Where

Lawrence Campus (Graduate Research/Write-In)

Saturday, June 20
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Watson Library, 4th Floor

The following events will be held:

  • Writing at the Graduate Level / A Roundtable Discussion with the Graduate Writing Specialist (11am-12pm): Come attend an informal discussion about writing and share your writing joys, struggles, tips, and encouragement with your fellow graduate students and the KUWC’s Graduate Writing Specialist. What have you learned as a graduate writer? What do you find difficult? Where do you need help and what are you doing to improve? How is writing at the graduate level different than at the undergraduate level? What advice do you have for other graduate writers? How do you overcome writer’s block?
  • Graduate Research Skills (12-1pm):The workshop provides participants with an orientation to the resources available from KU Libraries.  Also, key databases such as Web of Science and Google Scholar are discussed, and how to find and select the best resources, as well as tips and strategies for becoming efficient and effective researchers.
  • Electronic and Thesis Dissertation Formatting (1-2:30pm): This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance pages, inserting properly formatted page numbers, captioning tables, and more. if you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. Specific workshop topics include: general information about the thesis/dissertation process; content order, title and acceptance pages; page numbering; building an automatic table of contents using heading styles; generating a table of contents, captioning figures, equations, tables and more; embedding fonts; converting to PDF.
If you have any questions please contact us by email at writing@ku.edu Or by phone at 785-864-2399.

Special Accommodations

Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the KU Writing Center Graduate Write-In should contact Terese Thonus.


It was like I got a new battery. -- Jane Irungu, Write-In Alum

The most productive work that I remembered getting done... --Lee Kruger, Write-In Alum  

As a graduate student, I feel greatly encouraged and inspired. A rewarding experience. Thank you very much! Really appreciate your time and effort.

Quick Question?

Not sure how to cite a source in a particular style? Want to double-check punctuation in a sentence?    Ask a writing consultant! Allow 24 hours for a response.

Do you have a question about the Writing Center or our services? E-mail us.