Who We Are
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric (CWR) offers instruction and support on graduate-level writing and presenting, providing consultations in-person, online, and through email. It also offers a Dissertation & Thesis Writing Course (WRIT 350) and programs that support milestones and special projects, such as the Qualifying Exams Prep Group, Dissertation Bootcamps, Students of Color Writing Retreats, Productivity Saturdays, webinars, and more. The center organizes 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. It also leads the Student Grant & Award Initiative, a cross-campus collaboration designed to support student grant applications, which includes the CGU Fulbright Program for students applying for a Fulbright Award. We are proud to work as a learning community hub with an anti-discrimination pedagogy for CGU students to develop their scholarly understanding and meet their academic and professional goals in an affirming space.
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.
The Qualifying Exams Prep Group
The Qualifying Exams Prep Group leverages the research-based practices that structure the CWR’s Dissertation & Thesis Writing course, dissertation boot camps, and other writing events to support student progress during the qualifying exam period. The group meets biweekly, and every session is comprised of a 30-45 minute presentation and over 2 hours of work time. Participants have the opportunity to learn about post-coursework planning, reading and note-taking strategies for quals, writing under pressure, and other relevant topics while also having dedicated work time with a group of peers at the same stage of their degree pursuit.
WRIT 350: Dissertation & Thesis Writing
The CWR offers WRIT 350: Dissertation & Thesis Writing every semester. The course is specifically designed for students working on a thesis, dissertation proposal, or dissertation. Each class session will dedicate the first 45 minutes to a thesis, proposal, or dissertation writing topic, and the last 2 hours will be writing time as a part of a dedicated cohort of peers at the same stage. The course is 0-unit and tuition-free to active students, but you must be in the thesis, proposal, or dissertation stage to register.
The CWR Canvas Site
We are happy to announce that the Center for Writing & Rhetoric has a Canvas site with modules on literature reviews, introductions, cohesion & coherence, post-coursework topics, developing research questions, argumentation, and more! All you have to do is sign into MyCGU before you access the link below, and you can “add” yourself to the Canvas immediately. We will be growing the offerings of modules regularly.