Graduate Support Center

Graduate Writing Institute


The Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) is designed to provide graduate students at UIW with an in-depth and personalized approach to the development of professional and academic writing skills. UIW Writing Coaches coordinate the delivery of a fast-paced and high-energy weekend writing workshop all-day Saturday.  Coaches are then assigned a small group of ten graduate students whom they meet with regularly via one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the semester. The Graduate Writing Institute workshop is open to all graduate students; however, registration is required prior to the GWI weekend writing workshop. One-on-one coaching sessions are limited to 50 participants. 

Download the Fall 2014 Writing Institute brochure!

To register and apply for the GWI, please complete the information form and submit to the GSC.


GWI:  Weekend Writing Workshops


Saturday, September 6 from 8am to 5pm (Nursing Building 214)

  • Welcome and Registration to GWI
  • Distribution of iPads to Participants of the iPad Users Group
  • iPad Orientation for iPad User’s Group
  • Overview of the Graduate Writing Institute
  • Assessment of your Writing and Grammatical Skills

Topics and Workshops:

Empowering and Rethinking Your Approach to Writing
In this first workshop you will meet your writing coach, get a "snap shot analysis" of your writing potential, and begin the semester with invaluable stress reducing tips to empower you to overcome your fears and assumptions of professional and academic writing.

Personalizing Your Writing Assignment
In this workshop you will consider ways that you can incorporate your personal experiences and passions into your writing assignments to make them real and relevant as an emerging scholar.

Integrating Your Sources Effectively
After you have collected your sources and you are ready to write your paper, this workshop will demonstrate effective methods for integrating these sources and create a coherent, well supported, and persuasive academic argument.

Conciseness: Getting to the Point!
This workshop will help you take wordy, mediocre writing to the next level with strategies for writing concisely by eliminating wordiness and redundancy, to problems that drag academic and professional writing down and lose readers' interests. These methods will inspire your professors and peers to take notice of your polished writing products.

GWI iPad User’s Group
GWI participants are eligible to check out an Apple iPad for the entire semester at no charge. The iPads will be used to facilitate writing and composition during the Graduate Writing Institute and individual meetings with Writing Coaches.

Writing Clinics
Two writing clinics will be held on October 4 and October 18 from 9:30am to 11:30am in Nursing Building 214. Writing Clinics are informal sessions during which students bring class assignments and are able to get one-on-one assistance from the coaches or small peer group reviews.


Saturday, November 1, 9:00am to 11:00am (Nursing Building 214)

Concluding GWI Workshop
All participants will be required to attend this final weekend meeting, in which a post assessment will be administered in the same format as assessment administered at the beginning of the program. GWI iPad User’s group will be required to turn in their assigned iPad and all accessories on this date.  Stipend participation checks will be distributed to eligible students on this date.


Student Stipends

Our grant provides a $250 participation stipend for students who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a master's level student (if you attended the GWI and received a stipend last semester you are NOT eligible for this semester's stipend)
  • Attend the GWI on Saturday
  • Attend a minimum of four coaching sessions with their assigned Writing Coach
  • Hispanic ethnicity or demonstrate a financial need demonstrated through FAFSA

The Graduate Writing Institute is sponsored by a Promoting Postsecondary Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) grant from the Department of Education. For questions on the Graduate Writing Institute or stipend eligibility, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or


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