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Graduate Student Services
We're here to assist you with any writing project, at any stage of your writing process. The center's well-trained peer consultants can help you to brainstorm ideas, organize content, integrate research, polish a draft, and correctly document sources.
Writing in College: We are here for you
You can get help in a variety of ways:
- One-to-one In-person Meetings: These are as Drop-ins (come in during open hours and get help first-come-first-served style) or as appointments (which can be set up ahead of time so you don't have to wait when you arrive).
- Read-Ahead Appointments: Feel free to submit longer papers when signing up for a face-to-face appointment -- this way, our consultant will be able to read your work ahead of time and be more efficient about using your face-to-face time after the fact.
- Group consultations in Person: Feel free to bring group papers and group members to any of our physical locations for a session.
- Online Google Docs: You can meet with a trained consultant online through Google Docs when you're unable to make it tin to a physical location.
- Email Drop-Off Service: You can submit your work through our email portal, where you will receive feedback from a trained consultant within 72 hours of your submission
How can we help you?
- Brainstorming ideas
- Understanding assignments
- Making an argument
- Thinking about audience
- Outlining and planning
- Writing in any genre
- Drafting your paper
- Collaborating with other writers
- Processing feedback
- Citing sources effectively
- Supporting ideas with evidence
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Services Specific to Graduate Students
READ AHEAD APPOINTMENTS
For students working on longer drafts, submitting your paper ahead of time allows more time for feedback and discussion. Available only at our downtown location (DeVos student study area Building C) you can sign up for this service by scheduling online. When selecting your location, choose "Graduate Read Ahead Downtown" and you will be prompted to upload your current draft. We require 48 hours reading time before appointments.
- By Appointment: feel free to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Go here to schedule an appointment. Graduate students are allowed to schedule 30 or 50 minute long appointments.
Though the Writing Center values human face-to-face communication, we do recognize that there are other ways we can help writers. The Writing Center, therefore, maintains a virtual presence for writers everywhere. Use the Writing Center online by:
Writing Consultants can help you on the spot!
They are trained to work with you face-to-face during any stage of the writing process. To work with a consultant one-on-one, here are your options:
- Drop-In Hours: meet with a consultant during our available hours at any of our locations. See Hours & Locations for more information.
If you want more information about consultations, visit us at What To Expect At A Session.
Through peer mentorship, the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors provides a safe space for analytical dialogue, wherein writers develop strategies and skills for building awareness of and confidence in their own writing process.
Make an Appointment
Any graduate or undergraduate GVSU student can make an appointment or take advantage of our drop-in hours simply by coming into the center with a draft of your writing. If you experience problems scheduling appointments, try using a different web browser. Internet Explorer has been causing problems with scheduling this semester and switching to Safari, Firefox, or Chrome, might help solve the problem. Faculty and staff interested in writing consultations for their own work and our other services can call 331-2922.
Hours and Locations
Looking for more, please click the tiles below to learn about our common services, who our employees are, and links to helpful resources. Also, keep scrolling and you'll find information about consultant qualifications, staff areas of study, and information about our policies as a center. Still want to learn more? This page also provides information about our linguistic diversity initiative, how you can work with consultants online, and a link to the Knowledge Market website.
Graduate School Support Page
Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.