Graduate Writing Studio at Fresno State 

PLEASE NOTE: The Graduate Student Success Center's physical space is now open. Please use the space respectfully: masks required; no food or drink.

Henry Madden Library, 2119;   559-278-2450

If you have a question about appointments please email us at


Fall 2021 Writing Studio Appointment Hours

Mondays: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fridays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please Note: Appointments conducted between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (M-F) can be attended either via ZOOM or in person.  Appointments conducted after 4:00 p.m. and on weekends are available only via ZOOM.

We highly recommend working with a consultant on a regular basis.  If you are interested in scheduling appointments throughout the entire fall semester, please fill out our appointment request form or email us at  We will find a schedule of appointments that will work for you!

Email us at to request an appointment. 

You can also book appointments using our online booking system:

Schedule an Appointment

Register for a Workshop

Just prior to each virtual appointment or workshop, a ZOOM meeting link will be emailed to you. 


 APA Documentation Style Update

APA has published a new documentation style manual (APA 7th).  In the fall 2020 semester, the Dissertation/Thesis Office will start requiring all theses and dissertations to be written using the new edition. For APA 7th resources, please see the APA 7th tab below.

 Graduate Student Success Workshop Series

Check out our writing workshops!  You can see what's coming up and register now!


Ask Mr. Write! 

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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. 



Virtual Consultations with Zoom!
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:

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. 

For information on how to access and use Zoom, please see our Zoom Guide for Students (pdf -1.1 MB).  Also, check out our new Zoom infographic(pdf 646 kb)!

NEW VIDEO: Introduction to ZOOM!

Video on How to Join a Zoom meeting!

Video on How to Access Video and Audio Settings!

Drop-in Appointments

Due to COVID-19, physical drop-in appointments have been suspended; however, feel free to email us at for last minute appointment availability.

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 Student Success Center

Due to COVID-19, the Graduate Student Success Center has been closed until further notice.

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, Academic Writing, documentation style, Avoiding Plagiarism, Writer's Block, and more. Check out what is coming up and register now!

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 future workshops.

Writing Groups

Are you looking for additional writing support?  We have formed multi-disciplinary, discipline-specific, and thesis construction/development writing groups. Currently all groups meet online via ZOOM!
Check out more information below:

What is the Purpose of a Graduate Writing Group?

Writing Groups are a social and academic way to introduce students to each other and to lend support, foster an atmosphere of community and create a resource for peer feedback on all academic writing endeavors including and up through the thesis / project process.

Benefits of Writing Groups

  • To receive and provide support and lessen the feeling of working and studying in isolation.
  • To gain important insight into your own work through constructive and supportive reading response.
  • To hold yourself and each other accountable for making progress in your course work and thesis.
  • To expand your network of resources that help you achieve your academic and personal goals.
  • To learn from others who are on the same journey.
  • To create social opportunities for like-minded students with similar academic interests. 

Discipline Specific Groups

If you know of other students in your field of study who can commit to a specific time each week, let the Graduate Study Center help you organize, promote, structure and launch your discipline specific writing group. Even if you don't know anyone in your field, and you'd still like to make a group like this happen, we can certainly help.

Multi-Disciplinary Groups

If you feel that you would benefit from feedback on your writing projects and you are interested in collaborating with students who have similar needs from various disciplines at this university, the Graduate Study Center can help you promote and launch a non-discipline specific writing group.

Thesis Construction Writing Groups

Students are welcome to meet on a weekly basis to discuss their final project drafting progress, problems/concerns, template usage, and the steps necessary for submission. These groups help grad students be prepared to submit their final work without the additional stress of wondering whether or not they completing the steps correctly. An experienced consultant will facilitate each discussion and provide incentives for productivity. This is a highly useful forum for students who are taking thesis units and/or are nearing completion of their theses, projects, and/or dissertations.

Requirements for Membership and How the Group Will Function

  • All members must be currently enrolled in Fresno State University in a graduate level program of study.
  • Members must have a current writing assignments / thesis / project in progress made available as interactive material for the group.
  • Conflicts happen, but all members must make every effort to attend ALL meetings.

NOTE: Joining a writing / support group is not just about making a commitment to oneself; it’s also about making a commitment to the group. For the group to work, everyone needs to commit to making a serious go of it. When a member drops out (for reasons other than completing his or her thesis / project), it can have a negative effect on everyone in the group. Students who are unable to make this commitment will probably not benefit from joining. 

Meeting Place

Currently, all meetings are held online via ZOOM. When normal on-campus activities resume, we’ll meet either in the Graduate Student Success Center or our reserved Study Pod in the Henry Madden Library. All meetings are held online at predetermined times, and your meeting facilitator will always email reminders and ZOOM links when needed.

More Information

Interested students are welcome to contact Ronald Dzerigian in the Graduate Student Success Center at or call (559) 278-2450 and leave a message with your name, major (program name), and a contact number where you can be reached.

GWS Blog

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 via email


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

Jamie Barker

Jamie Barker earned her B.A. in English in 2011, received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2014, and is now working on an M.A. in Literature. She is an adjunct English professor at Reedley College, where she loves her amazing, hard-working students. Jamie has also taught at private schools in San Francisco and the bay area, and at the Fresno County Jail, where she hopes to return. Jamie is a wife, a mother of four, and is the the happy abuela to Mason, Luna, and Harlem. She lives in Fresno with her husband Brad, and her dogs Hector and Ophelia.

Rosie Bates

Rosie Bates earned her B.A. in Psychology from University of San Diego and is currently working on her M.F.A in Creative Writing Non-Fiction at Fresno State. After graduating from USD in 2013 she worked in the climbing industry as a coach, programs manager, and route setter. As a passionate climber herself (if she is not writing or working) you will most likely find her out in the Sierra exploring the endless granite Fresno’s backyard has to offer.  

Mr. Write

Kathryn Boren:  More information coming soon!
Caleigh headshot Caleigh Camara is a first-year MFA student with a concentration in fiction. She received her B.A. in English from Fresno State, and she is excited to continue fostering her love for literature and storytelling at the same locale. She values listening and letting silence have its moments, allowing thoughts and ideas to brew and take shape.
Mialise Mialise Carney: Mialise Carney received her BA in English from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and is currently a creative writing MFA student in fiction. She edits with The Normal School and after her MFA, she intends to pursue a PhD. When not writing, she spends her time falling down Wikipedia rabbit holes and setting small fires in her kitchen. She has worked with college writers since 2018.

Ronald Dzerigian

Ronald Dzerigian Ronald Dzerigian graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing (emphasis in Poetry) from Fresno State. He serves as a Graduate Student Support Specialist for the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and as assistant coordinator for the Graduate Student Success Center. He has authored Rough Fire (2018), regularly publishes his poems in literary journals, makes things, and lives in a small farming community outside Fresno with his wife and two daughters. He has been part of the GSSC team since 2013.

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Danielle Hatch: Danielle earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2001, her multiple and single subject teaching credentials in 2002 from Chico State University, and is now in her second year of the MSW program at Fresno State. She was a junior high and high school English teacher in Manteca for 17 years. Danielle is passionate about the field of social work, having particular interests in mental health, trauma, and LGBTQ issues. Her most important role is being a mommy to her precious 8-year-old daughter. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with loved ones.
Karly - headshot Karly Kurkjian: I am a grad student here at Fresno State, enrolled in the History Master's program. I attended three schools for undergrad! I went to Diablo Valley College, a community college in the Bay Area. I then transferred into the UC system where I completed one year at UCLA and one year at UC Berkeley. I earned a Bachelor's degree in History and completed a senior project on the Armenian community of Fresno in the early twentieth century. I am currently studying a neighborhood in Los Angeles called Edendale during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. I am here to listen, learn, and converse!

Debbie Neufeld

Debbie 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. She has been part of the GSSC team since 2012, and she currently serves as assistant coordinator. She works on various program aspects related to the Graduate Student Success Center including Social Media and communication.
Photo of Chuck Radke Chuck Radke is the Dissertation and Thesis Consultant at Fresno State, along with coordinating the services of the Fresno State Graduate Student Success Center. 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.

Cristina Sandoval

Cristina Sandoval is a second-year MFA student with a concentration in poetry. She did her undergrad at CSU Stanislaus, where she studied English TESOL. She has 6 years of experience as a writing center tutor, from her time at Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus. She has a passion for a well-organized and sincere paper. She believes in the power of the writer, and aims to be the "guide on the side."

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Zita Sarkozi: more information coming soon! 

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Sarah Theller earned her B.A. in Art from Fresno State and is currently working on her M.A. in Art with an Art Historical focus at Fresno State. With a passion for the creative arts, Sarah is a certified Special Effects Makeup artist and practicing studio artist as a painter and photographer. When she is not creating or researching, Sarah enjoys spending her free time exploring hiking trails, reading, or watching movies. Sarah lives in Fresno with her dog, Samwise, and her cat, Lydia Deetz. She believes a well-organized planner is the key to putting forth one’s best effort each day.

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Tony Vang has spent roughly 4 of his 6 years as a Fresno State undergrad in Fresno’s creative writing community, and now he’s finally participating in that community as a poetry MFAer. Tony is one of the individuals who thrived in COVID quarantine: his gremlin-like curiosity led to DIY tech setups, the silence and staring contests with walls/ceilings allowed his brain synapses to make leaps and bounds, and his isolation became a sanctuary for original thoughts.


Wellness Tips for Graduate Students


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.


APA 7th Edition Resources

If you are using the APA documentation style, please make sure you are following the 7th edition guidelines. 

APA Basics PowerPoint: View this introductory presentation on APA style (7th edition)

APA Style Guidelines: On their website, APA has provided an extensive guide (Style and Grammar Guidelines) that covers much of what is in the 7th edition.

APA Citation Quick Guide (7th Edition) (pdf - 131KB)

Henry Madden Libary - APA 7th Edition Information

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Concise Guide Student Paper Checklist: (pdf 315 KB) This helpful document is from the APA Style 7th Edition website.

APA In-Text Citation Checklist (pdf - 324KB) This checklist, provided by the experts at APA Style, will help with citing and paraphrasing.

Six Steps to Proper Citation (pdf - 95 KB) This infographic gives a good visual step by step guide as you read and incorporate sources into your academic writing. It has been created by the experts at APA Style.

APA 7th Trivia Challenge (Citations): Test your knowledge!

APA - adding a running head to an APA paper (YouTube video - 2:38)

Discussion Section Phrase Guide (pdf - 126 KB) This handout provides numerous sentence prompts that can help get you started on writing your conclusion or discussion section. It has been created by the formatting experts at APA Style.

Journal Article Reference Checklist (pdf 198 KB) This has been created by the experts at APA Style.

APA Style Tips: Part 1 (YouTube Video - 2:52) This video covers information about abbreviations, verb tense, and appendices.


Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS): From APA Style

These helpful links will help when organizing your document as they provide detailed information on what needs to be included in the introduction, lit review, methods, results, and conclusion/discussion.

Mixed Method Research Design 

Quantitative Research Design

Qualitative Research Design


Dissertation and Thesis Template

Literature Reviews and More

Resources for English Language Learners

Academic Word List - Victoria University (pdf 87 kb)

U.S. Academic Writing (pdf 41 kb)

Useful Web Links for ESL Students (pdf 383 kb)

Writing Paragraphs - University of North Carolina Writing Center  (pdf 139 kb)

Grammar and Punctuation Resources

Oxford Comma - YouTube video (3 minutes)

Collective Nouns - YouTube video (5.5 minutes)

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