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John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
101 McGraw Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853 • 607-255-2280

Writing Resources and Support for Cornell Graduate
and Professional Students

Writing Consultations

Getting feedback on drafts is an important part of the academic writing process. Funded by the Graduate School and offered by the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, peer tutors at the Graduate Writing Service offer one-on-one consultations for graduate students seeking feedback on all kinds of written work. From formal essays to reading responses, from lab reports to personal statements, from PowerPoint presentations to grant applications, tutors support writers at all ability levels in their efforts to communicate more effectively in academic and professional contexts. Writers may visit just once to discuss questions or short projects or visit multiple times to sharpen drafts and build more effective writing skills. There are tutors available who specialize in supporting ESL writers. To schedule an appointment, go to

Proposal, Thesis, and Dissertation Writing Boot Camps

These events help graduate students jumpstart their writing, develop goals and schedules for writing (and degree completion), and become more productive writers. Held two to three times a year for up to 50 students, the next Boot Camp is scheduled for January 7-14, 2015. For more information, go to

Productive Writer listserv

Started in January 2013 and now with over 10,000 subscribers from 219 graduate schools in 17 countries, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty receive postings twice a month with strategies for becoming a more productive writer. Topics include managing time for greater productivity, reducing distractions, staying motivated, revising/editing, binge writing (don’t do it!), working with advisors and editors, overcoming writer’s block, managing procrastination and perfectionist tendencies, and creating a writing support group. To subscribe, go to


Graduate and professional students with writing goals and deadlines are invited to the Big Red Barn every Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., to write. Be more productive and accountable; write with a supportive community. Quiet zone enforced; coffee and tea provided. For more information, go to

Resources for Writing Competitive Fellowship Applications

The Graduate School offers a series of fellowship prep workshops, consultation, peer review, and an informative website ( Among other graduate “survival skills” information, this site includes a section devoted to identifying fellowships for which you are eligible, a template for preparing a first draft of a fellowship application, strategies for getting strong letters of support, pitfalls to avoid, and tips from successful applicants.

Writing and Speaking Courses for International Graduate and Professional Students

The English Language Support Office (ELSO) offers credit-bearing courses on writing and speaking. ELSO offers 7-week courses that rotate topics (WRIT 6200 Effective Speaking in English and WRIT 6500 Effective Writing in English) and a 14-week course designed for students working on significant writing projects (WRIT 6600 Writing Intensive). For more information, go to

Writing and Speaking Workshops for International Graduate and Professional Students

The English Language Support Office (ELSO) offers a series of workshops designed to introduce international graduate and professional students to different aspects of writing and speaking. To learn more about these workshops and register, go to