The UVA Engineering Graduate Writing Lab provides free one-on-one consultations, events, and facilitated peer review groups for Engineering graduate students and postdocs. We offer support and strategies to help you improve your writing, presentations, and posters.
focused writing sessions | show up every week or every once in a while
Join us for focused writing sessions Tuesday afternoons to develop a writing habit and make progress toward your writing goals through cycles of 25 minutes writing & 5 minute breaks. No registration required; come every week or every once in a while. Fill your punchcard and earn a prize. For engineering grad students & postdocs. Engineering faculty & staff welcome to attend if space allows.
Engineering graduate students & postdocs are invited to join our Engineers Writing for Public Audiences (EWPA), a goal setting, review & communication development group focused on writing on engineering topics for public & popular audiences. Learn more about Engineers Writing for Public Audiences here.
Bring your writing, presentations, and posters for free scheduled one-on-one consultations with a trained writing consultant at the Graduate Writing Lab. Appointments with our writing consultants focus on compositional aspects (sentence/paragraph structure, organization, argument development, grammar) and ESL support while consultations with the director may also include planning your writing and aspects of technical writing and visual composition.
Join one of our peer review groups and be part of a supportive community. Peer review groups are facilitated groups of 4-10 graduate students and postdocs who meet weekly for 1.5 hours to review and revise their writing, presentations, and posters.
The Graduate Writing Lab provides a number of opportunities for faculty, post docs, and graduate students to get involved. Those with research or grant writing experience might considering being on a panel or leading a workshop. Future opportunities may exist for assisting with research projects, text cleaning, text analysis, qualitative coding, resource development, consultant training and more. See our current opportunities including position announcements by following the link below.
GWL Main Location (Thornton D216): Schedule online with a consultant (12 hours-5 weeks in advance) <-most appointments
Same day appointments (Thornton D216): Schedule online (time of appointment-24 hours in advance)- book existing same day/night before, limited availability
NEW: Online appointments via Zoom (video chat): Schedule online (12 hours in advance)- limited number of appointments, evenings and weekends, students off central grounds prioritized |These are synchronous video chat appointments where documents are shown through screen sharing; you must have the desktop version of Zoom installed to participate .
Max number of appointments per week: 2 50-minute appointments;
Max number of consultation hours on a given paper/presentation/poster: 10 hours (regardless of who brings the document)
Request appointment- Open appointment times not working with your schedule? Use the link in the description in the main scheduling calendar to submit an appointment request.
Please note, the Graduate Writing Lab does not offer writing, rewriting, copy-editing or proofreading services for students or postdocs. The objective of the Graduate Writing Lab is to help you grow as a professional writer rather than proofread or write for you. You may consider swapping papers with others to edit or hiring a professional editor.
Not a UVA Engineering grad student or postdoc & want help from the Graduate Writing Lab? Help us advocate for wider support by letting us know your interest here. Not finding what you need? Submit your suggestions here.