Graduate Writing Institute

Each summer for three weeks in June, WSIP offers the Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) for selected graduate students interested in improving or simply moving forward in their writing.

Students of various disciplines work on their writing individually and in small groups, participate in writing-related workshops, attend presentations on writing-related topics, and receive individual tutoring. This program helps graduate students complete advanced research projects, articles for publication, grant and research proposals, conference presentations, theses, and dissertations.

Program Information

Who Is Eligible: Any enrolled graduate student is eligible.* Acceptance to the program is competitive, and participants are selected through a careful review of their application materials. (The application review rubric is provided as a downloadable file below and is also accessible by clicking on the preceding link. We encourage you to read this rubric carefully so you know how we will evaluate your application.)

*For the first time in its 20+ year history, we are opening the GWI to non-UA graduate students for a nominal program cost. Read more by clicking on the "Non-UA Applicant" button below.

Dates: June 12 - 30, 2017
Location: University of Arizona main campus (rooms TBA) and online
Times: MW, 9:00am - 12:00pm; MW afternoon times vary; TThF times vary
Application Processing Fee: A $20 Nonrefundable application processing fee (does not guarantee acceptance into Institute; application will not be reviewed or considered without payment of this fee)

The Application Process for the 2017 GWI is now closed.

For further information, please call WSIP at (520) 621-5849 or email us at

Graduate Writing Institute Testimonials

I am very thankful [for] all the people involved in these sessions. They were very helpful in several ways. I really appreciate the time and effort of my individual tutor, [whose] feedback was extremely valuable for the improvement of my writing. All the presentations were awesome and they provided great advice [for] reinforcing and improving my writing skills. Thank you very much!!

Thank you Leslie, Andrea, Robert, and Tammy for creating a productive and informative experience for me! I have gained so much knowledge about myself as a writer and as a writing teacher. The Institute has helped me regain the confidence I lost way back in my first semester of my PhD program. Now I feel confident again about myself as a writer and as a scholar! 

The Graduate Writing Institute is the place that helps students succeed. I would recommend that anybody who wants to improve their writing apply for it.

Great! Awesome! Fun! Useful! I learned to read critically, to identify mistakes in my writing, and the amazing benefits of group work. I will use this experience as a teaching strategy.

It was an excellent opportunity for learning, interaction and communication. It was valuable because it connects individuals facing similar challenges and requirements to finish scholarly work and writing with the help of dedicated professionals.

I now have one manuscript that is ready to be submitted for publication. I learned all about writing and self-editing and found wonderful resources (handouts) and skills to cope with the stress of writing.

The team of instructors is extremely professional and qualified. They are all excellent teachers and writers.

It worked in that it helped me refocus, understand that others have similar struggles and challenges, and remember that there are people in the university system that can provide help and support beyond our department.

I feel encouraged, excited, and rejuvenated!

Thank you for the encouragement and support! I gained a tremendous amount of confidence and incentive in regards to my writing.

You guys are fun and a breath of fresh air.

I will recommend the Graduate Writing Institute to all my peers!

I love the fact that all the tutors have professional experience and that they were able to teach us and to make us feel that, 'It is possible' to finish school.