Writing Support


Cornell supports your academic success through several (free) writing programs emphasizing scholarly writing and productivity.

Graduate Writing Service is available by appointment.

  • One-on-one feedback from peer tutors.
  • Consultations on all forms of written academic work from formal essays to PowerPoint presentations.
  • Help with questions, ongoing drafts, and writing skills.

Writing Retreats and Boot Camps are available during academic breaks and over the summer term.

  • Fellowship applications.
  • Thesis and dissertation proposals.
  • Thesis and dissertation jump start or completion.

Productive Writer mailing list is offered for free and open to all, especially graduate students writing papers, proposals, theses, and dissertations.

  • 15,000 subscribers from 297 graduate schools in 30 countries.
  • Provides tips on time management, motivation, writing process, writer’s block, and much more.

Productive Fellowship Writer mailing list is offered for free and open to graduate students writing fellowship applications.

  • Provides advice on finding and selecting fellowship competitions, writing drafts, getting and incorporating feedback, and securing letters of support.

Graduate Write-Ins provide a quiet and supportive writing space.

  • Monday through Friday mornings, 8:00 to 11:00 am in the Big Red Barn.
  • Free coffee and tea for productive writers!

Pathways to Success offers writing workshops and events available throughout the semester.

  • Search for events on the Pathways calendar.
  • Sample workshops offered in the past include: Writing a teaching statement, teaching writing in your classes while you still need support, and more.

The English Language Support Office (ELSO) offers writing support to multilingual graduate students:

  • Credit-bearing seven-week courses that introduce strategies that are applied to your current writing projects.
  • Non-credit 90-minute workshops offered biweekly and focused on different types of writing.
  • Individual consultations with peer tutors who can answer writing questions, provide feedback to drafts, and introduce writing strategies.



Jan Allen
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Graduate School