Graduate Writing Studio at Fresno State
Henry Madden Library, 2119; 278-2450
Now taking appointment requests for Fall 2017! Beat the crowds - get on the schedule early! Fill out our Appointment Request Form.
Summer 2017 Writing Studio Appointments
Please call or email for appointment availability.
Call 278-2450 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
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Are you a Fresno State graduate student with great writing skills? Do you love working with fellow students? Consider a job in the Graduate Writing Studio!
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Ask Mr. Write!
Do you have a quick writing-related question? Want some help citing a source? Need a punctuation tip? Have a quick style question? Can't understand a grammar rule? Struggling with a formatting issue?
Please click on Mr. Write to submit your question. We will do our best to respond to your request within 24 hours (Monday - Friday).
If your question appears to need more than a quick answer, we may recommend that you
meet with a consultant (in person or virtually).
Zoom Meeting Experience
Zoom is an online meeting and conferencing platform that allows for audio, video, and screen sharing. It is an easy to use and high quality solution for those students who, due to distance and time constraints, are unable to physically meet with writing consultants. If you would like more information about Zoom, please visit their website: www.zoom.us.
In the Graduate Writing Studio, we are utilizing Zoom for one-on-one writing consultations. We are implementing “Zoom only” and “Zoom hybrid” sessions. “Zoom only” sessions use the audio, video, and screen sharing features. “Zoom hybrid” sessions use the screen sharing features of Zoom along with audio via a traditional phone line. The hybrid session accommodates students who may not have a microphone-enabled computer. In this instance, the consultant will invite the student to the on-line Zoom meeting and will also call the student on the phone.
NEW VIDEO: Introduction to ZOOM!
Video on How to Join a Zoom meeting!
Video on How to Access Video and Audio Settings!
Zoom consultations brought to you in part by the Graduate Net Initiative.
Every hour the Graduate Writing Studio is open may be considered a "drop-in" time.
Students often do not use all 50 minutes of a session, and there are occasionally
students who fail to show up for scheduled appointments. If either of the Graduate
Writing Studio doors are open (i.e., the "Consultation in Progress" sign is not posted), students are welcome to "drop-in" on the consultant; even if it's only for
15 minutes, it could be time well-spent.
Graduate Study Center
All Fresno State graduate students are welcome to use the computer workstations and study rooms in our study center space. No reservations are required.
Workshops: Graduate Student Success Series
Reference librarians,Graduate Writing Studio and Stats Studio staff offer informative workshops on EndNote, Literature Reviews, the Thesis Submission Process, Google Apps, Academic Writing, documentation style, Avoiding Plagiarism, Excel and SPSS.
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops in Fall 2017!
International Graduate Student Services
Grammar for Grad Students: This is a free series consisting of four sessions. It is designed to help develop your writing skills according to the academic requirements of this university. Some of the topics that will be covered include parts of speech, sentence and paragraph construction, and punctuation.
Stay tuned for dates and times in Fall 2017!
Are you looking for additional writing support? We are forming multi-disciplinary,
discipline-specific, and virtual (ZOOM) writing groups.
Check out our information on Graduate Writing Groups! (162kb)
GWS Blog The Fresno State Graduate Writing Studio blog is focused on topics pertaining to graduate students and academic writing. We hope it will be a helpful writing resource. Check it out now!
Graduate Writing Studio Policies
You must be a registered Fresno State graduate student to use the services of the
Graduate Writing Studio.
Graduate students may schedule appointments on-site (Graduate Study Center, room 2119), via telephone (278-2450), or via email (email@example.com).
Appointment slots are held until 10 minutes past the hour; after this time, the session will be given away to another student.
Failure to attend a scheduled appointment without notifying GWS staff 24 hours in advance may result in cancellation of subsequent appointments.
Consultants may work with students on projects, theses, or other longer papers as part of a Fresno State course assignment; consultants may also collaborate with students on professional development needs like cover letters for doctoral, employment, or scholarship applications. Otherwise, consultants are not permitted to advise students on written material unrelated to the pursuit and completion of a master's or doctoral degree at Fresno State.
Graduate Writing Studio Philosophy
The Graduate Writing Studio consultants view writing as constantly developing and
changing, and they encourage students to engage in writing as a process through brainstorming,
drafting, and discussing their work.
GWS consultants will meet graduate students at any stage of the writing process. However, consultants are not permitted to proofread and edit papers for mechanical and grammatical errors without explanation or discussion with the student.
GWS consultants are trained to promote collaborative learning, where the student is an active participant in the session; offer practical encouragement and constructive criticism; and direct students to resources that will help them continue their work independently after the session. The goal of each session is for the student to increase his or her skill level, confidence, and independence as a writer.
GWS consultants are trained as well to ask students questions about their writing goals and concerns. Given the length of most graduate-level writing assignments (e.g., theses, projects), consultants will not likely be able to review the entire piece of writing; students should be prepared to identify which portion or portions of an assigned writing task they wish to cover within the time frame of the consultation.
Meet the Staff
Hira Amin - Details coming soon!
Greta Bell received her M.A. in History at Fresno State. She conducts ZOOM appointments with
Kayla Brass is from Elk Grove, California. She received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology at Winston-Salem
State University and is currently in her second year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy
program at Fresno State. As a future physical therapist, she strives to provide the
best care and genuine support to her patients and their families to improve their
quality of life. This is her first year as a writing consultant and she is excited
to meet and collaborate with other graduate students. She enjoys traveling, playing
sports and, most importantly, creating lasting memories with her friends, family,
and her dog.
Candice Cortney received her B.S. in Chemistry at Fresno State and decided to come back to receive her M.S. in Chemistry. She is currently conducting research under Dr. Krishnan analyzing the keto-enol tautomerization of acetylacetone in mixed solvents using NMR spectroscopy. She is also a CHEM 1A lab instructor here on campus. In her spare time, she loves to read any topics related to quantum mechanics and physical chemistry. She also loves to talk about the waves and spins of particles.
Ronald Dzerigian graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (with an emphasis in Poetry) in 2016 from Fresno State. He is an assistant coordinator and writing consultant for the Graduate Writing Studio and has been helping students in this capacity since 2013. He lives in a small farming community outside Fresno with his wife and two daughters.
Laura Hendricksen received her BA in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia before moving back home to California to pursue her MA in Linguistics at Fresno State. She is an aspiring world-traveler and polyglot with an undying love for writing (poetry, travel blogs, etc.)
Erica Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Dordt College and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing-Poetry at Fresno State. Eventually, Erica will pursue her PhD in either literature or creative writing; whether it be English Literature or Creative Writing, Erica hopes that program is located in Chicago, IL.
Mara Mackinnon graduated with a B.A. in Economics, from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She is
in her first year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Fresno State. In her
free time she likes to do crosswords, jog in the park, camp out, and bird-watch with
friends and loved ones.
Savannah Nakamura. Details coming soon!
Debra Neufeld graduated from the Kremen School of Education at Fresno State with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. She also completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technology. After working in the Graduate Writing Studio for two years as a graduate assistant, she returned to the studio in a staff role. She works on various program aspects related to the Writing Studio in addition to meeting with students.
Chuck Radke is the Dissertation and Thesis Consultant at Fresno State, along with coordinating the services of the Fresno State Graduate Writing Studio. Chuck has a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA, a Master of Arts in English from Fresno State, and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida International University.
The handouts contain some common issues we cover in consultations. The Power Points are shorter versions of the classroom presentations or mini-workshops offered on campus.
Creating Effective Research Presentations (.pptx 124 kb)
Verb Tense in Research/Scientific Writing (YouTube video 4:25)
Scientific Writing Tips (YouTube video 3:01)
Dissertation and Thesis Template
Literature Reviews and More
Resources for English Language Learners
Grammar and Punctuation Resources
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