An opportunity to receive feedback on writing before submitting a paper for a course or publication is crucial for academic success, especially at the graduate and post-graduate levels. To provide graduate students and visiting scholars whose first language is not English with a chance to receive feedback and discuss their work, the Writing Center offers a free service, ESOL Graduate Writing Groups, facilitated by an ESL specialist.
Current GMU graduate students and post-graduate/visiting scholars whose first language is not English.
Once a week, a group of 3-6 graduate writers from the same or different disciplines meets for an hour on Zoom to provide feedback on one or more members’ drafts. Group members share their drafts electronically and prepare their questions and feedback in advance, reserving at least one hour for preparation before meetings. Group members comment on all aspects of writing ranging from idea clarity and organization to word choice and grammar. The discussion is facilitated by a Writing Center ESL specialist.
All groups are formed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Watch for a link to the application form to be posted here
Alternatively, you may form your own group of 3-6 members and email Writing Center ESL Specialist Idée Edalatishams (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be glad to facilitate your group.