What’s a Virtual Café?
Picture writing or doing homework in a coffee shop! You start going to the café because you work better in the company of others. Your friends are there, doing their own work. You sit down and do yours. In these virtual cafés, there’s no coffee, but you work side by side in the Zoom room for two hours, with brief conversations at the beginning and end to see how everyone did. A GW Writing Center consultant will be there--another student—so you can ask writing questions, if any arise. Interested? Check below for more details!
Hey graduate students—are you working on a thesis, a dissertation, or a major writing project due for a class at the end of the semester? The Grad Café is designed as a fixed writing time in your schedule that doubles as an accountability group. At the end of each Grad Café, you’ll announce your writing goals for the upcoming week--and report how you did the following week! It’s easier to make sustained progress when working in the company of other grad students!
- Thursdays from 5p-7p EST
The long-term project program is designed for writers working on writing tasks that extend from three weeks to several months. For example, papers that are assigned at the beginning of the semester and due at the end, or graduate school dissertations.
For these, it is especially helpful to work with the same consultant, who can offer guidance about how to set up a consistent writing routine, help set clear writing goals, and give regular feedback.
If you're interested in being considered for the long-term project program, please send an email to [email protected] in which you provide this information:
- What project do you want to work on? What is the deadline?
- Do you know which consultant you'd like to partner with? (It's okay if you don't.)
- Have you used the GW Writing Center before?
Enrollment for Fall 2021 will be accepted through Friday, Nov 5th -or- until program enrollment is full. Please note that we anticipate the program filling this semester.
Final Day for Fall 2021 Long Term Project partnership meetings is Friday, December 10th.
The program offers up to two 50-minute appointments with the same consultant every week, helping provide sustained writing support and deadline management for projects that require more work than the regular 25-minute or 50-minute sessions.
- Long-term project appointments DO COUNT toward the GW Writing Center’s usual limit of three appointments per week (or two in the summer). However, if you wish to also work on other unrelated projects, please contact [email protected] for additional appointment time. We do ask that you only work on the long-term project with the consultant assigned to that partnership, so that the consultant remains updated.
- The program may be renewed for a second semester, if resources permit.
- The center allows up to three missed appointments per semester. Additionally, If the writer is repeatedly unprepared for meetings, the consultant will work with them to establish more realistic goals and deadlines, which may result in changing the frequency of meetings. If the writer continues to be unprepared, the consultant will bring in the director, who may see a need to make changes.
Online Writing Resources
- The Purdue OWL (all citation styles)
- Dos and Don’ts of Paraphrasing (PDF)
- How and When to Cite (PDF)
- Himmelfarb Library's AMA Manual of Style
Writing Center Consultants do NOT advise on AMA. Any questions about AMA can be directed to [email protected].
- APA Style Guide
- APA References (PDF)
- APA In-Text Citations (PDF)
- APA Sample Paper Format
- Changes to the Latest (2019) APA Style Guide
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide
- MLA In-Text Citations (PDF)
- MLA Works Cited (PDF)
- MLA Works Cited: A Quick Guide
- Sample Papers in MLA Style
- The Layered Approach to MLA: The Rainbow
- Duke University’s Writing Studio: Duke’s online resources include printable guides that go deep into the details of topics like comma usage (PDF) and passive and active voice (PDF).
- The Purdue OWL: Use this comprehensive guide for guidance on specific grammar rules like parallel structure, verb tense consistency and much more.
- HyperGrammar: Browse grammar rules by topic area in this University of Ottawa Writing Centre resource.
- Grammar Girl: Get “quick and dirty” explanations for common grammar rules.
- GW Campus Resources for International Students
- GW Language Center’s Everyday English Program
- GW English for Academic Purposes Program’s Speak with Confidence Workshop Series (events posted on the University Calendar when scheduled)
- GW Faculty WID Handbooks
- 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make...and How to Fix Them (podcast)
- About Education's English as a Second Language for Teachers and Students
- Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
- University of Manchester Academic Phrasebank
- Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students: This website from Penn State shares tutorials on scientific writing, including a format guide for writing engineering or science reports.
- Collin Purrington's Tips on Designing Conference Posters: Get ideas for poster design and presentation, as well as templates for starting your next poster.
- LabWrite: North Carolina State University's site includes a checklist tool to help you proof your lab reports and graphing resources to help you decide how to display your data.
- NASA Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors: A more detailed resource for technical writing, the handbook offers guidance on specific topics like how to punctuate a sentence that includes equations.
If you need help with research or source collecting, GW Libraries may be a better fit. Their staff can help you brainstorm research questions, create a research management plan, find sources, find or manage data (including in statistics or GIS) and much more. Contact the Library with questions or schedule a research consultation with a librarian.