The Writing Center

Thesis and Dissertation Consultations

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Graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation proposal, prospectus, or draft, or on an article for publication may schedule sessions with the Writing Center's Thesis and Dissertation consultants. These consultants are PhD students or advanced masters students trained to work with advanced graduate writers.

Working with a writing consultant can complement the feedback you receive from your faculty advisors and your peers. A writing consultant can

  • Share strategies for planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Share strategies for maximizing writing productivity
  • Help you identify and use the conventions of writing that are specific to your field
  • Provide a sounding board for you to work out your ideas
  • Provide feedback from the perspective of an educated general audience

Unlike other writing center sessions, thesis and dissertation consultations provide time for consultants to read your draft before they meet with you. Writers submit their draft at least 24 hours in advance of the session, direct the consultant's attention to specific elements of the draft, then meet with the tutor for 45 minutes. Consultants can read between 10 and 25 pages, depending on the material and the roughness of the draft. If your draft is lengthy, consider indicating the pages you’d like the consultant to prioritize.

To make an appointment, register with the Writing Center, log on to the schedule online, and navigate to the Thesis/Diss schedule. Attach your draft to the appointment form at least 24 hours before your appointment begins, and tell the consultant which elements of the draft you'd like them to focus on.

In addition to thesis and dissertation consultations, the Graduate Writing Coordinator offers short 15-30 minute office hour appointments. These short appointments are ideally suited for graduate writers who have quick questions about writing, would like to brainstorm ideas, talk through writer’s block, or develop strategies for solving a variety of writing challenges. To schedule an office-hour appointment, email Indigo Eriksen directly at


Thesis and Dissertation Consultants


Andrew  coordinates the weekly graduate student write-ins held on Friday and Saturday mornings in Fenwick Library. As a third-year MFA student, he focuses on nonfiction writing. In 2010-2012, Andrew served in Ukraine as a university TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) volunteer in the Peace Corps.

Indigo   The Writing Center's Graduate Writing Coordinator, Indigo is a doctoral student in Writing and Rhetoric, where she explores critical pedagogy and transformative approaches to teaching writing. After working in Latin America for three years, Indigo completed a MA  in Comparative Literature with a certificate in Immigrant Literacies from San Francisco State University. She also holds an MFA in writing from Mills College and a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Madeline  is a graduate student studying Professional Writing & Rhetoric and a technical writer for a consulting firm that conducts analysis for NASA. She earned her BA in English from Mason and has been a tutor at the GMU Writing Center since 2015. Once Madeline has completed graduate school, she hopes to join her parents’ writing consultant business and continue transferring her writing skills to others.

Paul  is a doctoral student in Writing and Rhetoric whose research focuses on how professional authors use and incorporate sources in their writing. Before entering the PhD program, Paul spent two years as an ESL specialist tutor in Mason's writing center.



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