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Writing Institute

The Graduate Writing Institute is a 4-day program focused on assisting graduate students in the beginning stages of large writing projects, such as a thesis, dissertation, or seminar paper. The Institute is also helpful for students who may be further along in their writing process but experiencing challenges. It is offered twice a year—one during spring break and another during May. Topics covered include organization, grammar, citation, and more. One-on-one writing consultations are offered throughout the Institute as well. The cost to attend is $45, which covers materials and the Pocket Keys reference book and writing workbook for participants to use and keep.

5 ways the Writing Institute can help students:

  1. The Writing Process-Understanding the detail and importance of each step in the writing process helps participants set achievable goals and create realistic timelines for completing projects. Facilitators explain the writing process in detail and provide useful exercises that will help participants successfully move through each step in the process.
  2. Organizational Strategies-Staying organized in all phases of the research and writing process is critical to success. Participants learn strategies for organization from the research phase through completion of the writing projects.
  3. Productivity & Accountability-Time management strategies and tips for overcoming writing blocks can help participants begin to make progress towards the completion of their writing projects. Facilitators help participants set goals and help hold participants accountable to their goals in an effort to increase productivity during the week and beyond.
  4. Mechanics & Citation-Participants have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion about common challenges such as passive construction, grammar, punctuation, and appropriate use of citation styles.
  5. Ongoing Writing Support-Participants learn about available campus writing resources and support. One-on-one writing consultations allow participants to connect with an academic success coach who can provide ongoing support long after the conclusion of the Writing Institute.


Step 1: Download, complete, and print the Graduate Writing Institute application.

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Step 2: Turn in application by the application deadline to the Tomás Rivera Center-Academic Success Coaching office, located on the Main Campus in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MS) building 1.02.02.

Step 3: Applicants will be notified about acceptance via the email listed on the application.

Step 4: Once accepted, please submit $45 payment in the form of cash, check, or money order to the Tomás Rivera Center-Academic Success Coaching office, located on the Main Campus in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MS) building 1.02.02. Checks should be made payable to UTSA.

Note - No refunds will be given.

For more information, contact Amanda Williams at or 210-458-4694.


  • "The institute was more than I ever expected. The afternoon assistance with reviewing our actual papers and giving feedback was most helpful."-2016
  • "I can understand how a small daily writing can make a huge difference in the entire writing project. I also loved listening to people's stories and relate them to my experience."-2016
  • "Punctuation, word transitions, etc. helped me sort out how to better format and the development of my paper."-2016
  • "I learned useful skills to actually get started with writing. I left this class with the feeling that I want to work right now."-2017
  • "The discussion about paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism was very helpful."-2017
  • "The literature review explanation and suggestions really helped me. Encouraging me to write on a daily basis is also very helpful."-2017

For more information, please contact Learning Assistance at:
Main Campus | MS 1.02.02 | 210-458-4694 or Downtown Campus | DB 2.114 | 210-458-2838

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Tomás Rivera Center
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249

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