Grad Writes

Offerings for Graduate Students

Writing Retreats

Academic writing can feel isolating and be all too easy to "put off until tomorrow." Writers who attend retreats access a writing community here at CSU and tend to produce much more writing than they would on their own. Writing retreats are generally held on CSU's main campus (2020-21 retreats are held remotely on Zoom or MSTeams). Retreat locations are confirmed when applicants have been accepted.


CSU Writes workshops address the 5 areas academic writers encounter their greatest challenges: SPACE, TIME, ENERGY/MOMENTUM, ACADEMIC STYLE, and COLLABORATION. Topics change each semester and explore the most current studies and trends in scholarly writing productivity and publishing. RSVP early to build writing support into your semester schedule. (All graduate students are welcome regardless if you register, but an RSVP helps us prepare materials.

Thesis/Dissertation Groups

CSU Writes helps graduate students connect with others on campus to create a group that works best for each member's long-term writing needs and goals. To learn more about Thesis/Dissertation Groups and to sign up, complete a Group Request form on the Thesis/Dissertation Groups information page.

Feedback Groups

Feedback groups are comprised of graduate students who wish to edit theses or dissertation chapters and articles. Each group runs for 4 to 5 weeks during a semester, depending on the make up of the group. Start and end dates will vary according to group or proposal due date.


SUITES contain series of offerings for designated groups of graduate student writers. Each suite is run with campus partnership with departments, centers, or faculty across CSU's colleges and programs. Suites can include designated topical workshops, retreats or writing sessions. Spring 2021 Links are below.

Write to Publish Suite

Write to Publish is a 12 week series of workshops designed to guide graduate students through the process of crafting and polishing a manuscript for publication. This series is designed for graduate students who have conducted research and have a conference presentation or course paper they wish to revise for publication. Workshops run 1 x week for 50 minutes for 12 weeks.. Students may find it beneficial to purchase Wendy Belcher's WRITING YOUR JOURNAL ARTICLE IN TWELVE WEEKS.