Graduate Writing Institute

The Application Process for the 2018 GWI has opened!

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. The GWI helps graduate students complete advanced research projects, articles for publication, grant and research proposals, conference presentations, theses, and dissertations.

Students of various disciplines work on their writing in the following ways:

  • participating in writing-related workshops 
  • attending presentations on writing-related topics 
  • receiving individual and facilitated small-group tutoring 
  • participating in dedicated writing activities

Program Information

Who Is Eligible: Any enrolled graduate student is eligible.* Download the GWI flyer for UA graduate students and the GWI flyer for non-UA graduate students here or below.

*We now also offer the GWI to non-UA graduate students for a nominal program cost. Review the application by clicking on the "Non-UA Applicant" button below.

Dates: June 4 - 22, 2018
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)
To Apply: Click on the appropriate button below.

Important Application Information

Acceptance to the program is competitive, and participants are selected through a careful review of their application materials.

We will also offer an optional GWI information session on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 19th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Geronimo 216 (WSIP Classroom)
    • Note: Rescheduled from February 12th to the 19th
  • Friday, March 16th, 10:30am - 11:30am, Geronimo 216 

Application Due Date:
11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time, Monday, 23 April 2018

Applicants will be notified of acceptance/nonacceptance Tuesday, 1 May 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the GWI, please contact Dr. Leslie Dupont at or by phone at (520) 621-0374.

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.