The Center for Writing & Rhetoric
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is committed to providing students with the resources to succeed in graduate school by becoming independent writers and communicators. Students can find the consultants they work best with and interact with them in a variety of instructional modes: in person, online, or by email. Students can also engage with the Center through workshops, webinars, courses, dissertation boot camps, and our embedded tutoring program.
The CWR is designed to support students during any stage in their writing process, from brainstorming to outlining, from drafting to reviewing, from polishing to presenting. And students can work with us on a range of projects, from papers to posters, from class discussions to conference presentations. The Center does not offer editing or proofreading services; rather, our consultants will help students strategize how to best approach a project — whether it is due tomorrow, next week, or in a year.
"I strongly believe that the Center for Writing and Rhetoric must be one of the most beneficial institutions at CGU for students, because this Center contributes to students' academic development and professionalization. I visited the Center for Writing and Rhetoric almost every week during my CGU doctoral study. I reviewed and discussed my potential chapters of dissertation with Writing Center tutors, and hence effectively completed my dissertation during four years of doctoral study. It is not easy to complete a long dissertation within only a few years, particularly for international students, who generally have linguistic limitations in grammar and expressions. After a visit in the Center once a week, I thought how to improve my writing in the remaining days of the week, and then I visited in the next week. I followed this routine every semester. Surprisingly, when I finished my coursework, I found that I developed almost all chapters and consolidated propositions of my dissertation with the help of lively discussion with tutors.
Indeed, I heartily appreciate all members of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric for my advancement in academic writing during my CGU doctoral study. Many of my achievements, academic activities, and publications have been made or developed in productive communications in the Center. For example, with my proposal based on my dissertation, I received a fellowship of APSA Asia Program from the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2019. I have told my peers that a few Writing Center tutors must be my second Dissertation Committee members. It is not exaggeration considering great benefits that I received from the Center. I still continue to receive consultations from the Center. Although I work as a specialist who received a PhD degree in political science, I must be a student and learner whenever I visit the Center. Recently, the Center suggested me to write a testimonial. However, I should say that what I learned from the Center is far beyond words and any written testimonial!"
- Seokdong Kim, Ph.D. '19