Who We Are
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric (CWR) offers instruction and support on writing and presentation, providing over 1500 consultations each year in-person (when possible), online, and through email review. We also offer events that support milestones and projects, such as weekend Dissertation Bootcamps, Students of Color Writing Retreats, Qualifying Exam Preparation Weekends, webinars, one-day general writing retreats, weeklong boot camps, and writing groups. Recently, we created CGU’s version of the Three Minute Thesis competition, The Big Pitch, which develops and showcases student work from across campus in a unique three minute and single slide format for a non-specialist audience. We are proud to work as a learning community hub with an anti-discrimination pedagogy for CGU students to develop their academic understanding in an affirming space.
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Anti-Discrimination & Learning Community Pedagogy
Over numerous sessions during Fall 2020, the CWR Anti-Discrimination Committee drafted the Center’s first Anti-Discrimination Statement. The final statement was a result of the collaboration between all CWR staff, but special thanks to Wendy Anguiano, Anisha Ahuja, Katrina Denman, and Jessica Delgado for their dedicated work on this project. See our complete Anti-Discrimination Statement here.
Sista Citizen Takeover!
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric and the Sista Citizen student organization are happy to announce two upcoming Black student-centered takeover events! These first-ever Black Solace Virtual Writing Retreats will have work blocks, a community lunch, and various break rooms featuring an art gallery, playlist, and meditation space. Come for as many or as few blocks as you like and make progress on your projects in an affirming and productive space. A CWR writing consultant will also be on-hand to co-facilitate and provide short consultation sessions.
- Sunday, March 28th: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (community lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) Register here!
- Tuesday, March 30th: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Register here!
Registrants will receive an email a few days before the event with log-in information and other logistical details. Please reach out with any questions to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Now Hiring Writing Consultants
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is now accepting applications for student Writing Consultant positions. The job application is open from March 1st to April 4th and can be found on Handshake. Applicants should be current CGU students that are interested in writing and presentation instruction as well as comfortable working closely with peers and fellow staff members. We are committed to anti-racism as a writing center and in interactions with graduate students, and we take our work at CGU seriously in order to reflect the need for anti-racist movements and practices in all places of student engagement. The CWR is strengthened by diverse voices and people from various backgrounds with different types of experience, therefore we encourage students with a range of experience and involvements beyond writing tutoring to apply. Any questions can be directed to Director Marcus Weakley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Events Page
We have created a new events page where we will post all of our writing events, webinars, and more. It is one centralized location with all of the dates and information you need on our offerings. In addition to our consultations and writing fellows program, we are facilitating a full slate of webinars, Weekend Dissertation Bootcamps, Saturday Writing Retreats, Students of Color Writing Retreats, and Qualifying Exam Preparation Weekends in Spring 2021. Visit our Events page for all the dates!
New Blog Post
Read our newest blog post on “Isolated Writing in a Pandemic” by writing consultant Anisha Ahuja!
Experiencing finals week during a pandemic and under the stress of lockdown is not what many of us expected in choosing to become a graduate student. The joy of graduate school is in its emphasis on collectively, something most visible in the papers we write. When writing under lockdown, our papers become developed less through collaboration and mutuality, and more through the isolated format of writing off-campus and out of the classroom. Our work itself is intended to be born out of social scholarship. Is it possible for us to maintain these foundations of graduate writing during a moment that removes us from one another?
The Big Pitch 2020
We had an exciting and competitive inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition, culminating with the finals on November 20, 2020. Vinh Tran, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Educational Studies, won 1st place with his presentation, “Shortest Way Home: Developing an Interstate Policy Exchange Framework for K-12 Math and Science Education”. Congratulations Vinh! Amber Kea-Edwards, a Ph.D. candidate in Positive Organizational Psychology at the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation, came in 2nd place and won the Audience’s Choice Award! Katrina Denman, a Ph.D. candidate in History at the School of Arts & Humanities and a writing consultant at the CWR, won 3rd place! Congratulations to all of our finalists and competitors.
We are offering all of our writing consultations online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Schedule a synchronous online writing consultation to meet with a writing consultant up to twice a week, or schedule an email review to submit a document and receive written feedback in about 3 – 7 business days.
Writing Retreats, Dissertation Boot Camps, & More
The CWR is offering retreats and boot camps online throughout the summer and fall! To see the full schedule, visit the page below.
Writing & Study Groups
Writing groups are small groups of committed members that meet at the same time and interval to write. Study groups are the same idea but with the more flexible structure of reading, studying, or writing together. Working in a group has been proven to improve accountability, motivation, and the achievement of desired outcomes–especially during online classes. We help new groups form or pair new members to existing groups on a rolling basis.