Graduate Students

The Center for Excellence in Writing has proven to be a powerful resource for graduate students.

Writing Consultations for Graduate Students

Feel free to come in with specific questions, for a brainstorming session, or to request feedback on a specific aspect of your work.  While we may not have a consultant in your discipline, sometimes a thoughtful outside reader can provide you with a valuable perspective about the clarity of your work.  There are times when just talking it out with a peer can help you unknot the inevitable tangles in your project.   

We can help you with a wide variety of writing projects including:  

Even though I had a rather difficult and exclusive topic, he took the time to understand necessary concepts in order to approach the essay.

The CEW helped me a lot in both my dissertation and drafts of my journal papers.

  • Course papers
  • Dissertations
  • Theses
  • Proposals
  • Job application materials
  • Conference Presentations
  • Group Projects
  • Journal articles

Check out our Write Through: Dissertation Inspiration resources below, or jump to our Graduate FAQ at the bottom of this page!

Write Through: Dissertation Inspiration!

Write Through: Dissertation Inspiration.

Write Through: Dissertation Inspiration is a collaboration between The Graduate School and The Center for Excellence in Writing. It includes dissertation retreats, workshops on productive writing strategies, and an article series. Our goal is to bring community, support, and shared wisdom to dissertation writers across UB.

Writing Groups & Dissertation Retreats

Writing Groups

Writing Groups set up a schedule and support group to help you take control and get your writing done. Writing Groups are weekly meetings of a community of dissertation and graduate writers who support each other and keep us all productive and on-task.

Thursdays 7 pm –​ 10 pm (hosted by Josh Flaccavento) on Zoom 
Fridays  1 pm – 4 pm (hosted by Odette Reid ) on Zoom.
Sundays 2 pm – 5 pm (hosted by Luke Heister)  in person (209 Baldy Hall) and on Zoom. 

Here is the Zoom Link for all Writing Groups:

Check in for support, camaraderie and accountability and then enjoy this time set aside for intensive writing with your friends.  

You can show up every week or only when you feel like it!  


Dissertation Retreats

Our Dissertation Retreats, co-sponsored by The Graduate School, help you to make bursts of significant progress toward completion of major projects. Dissertation Retreats are five day, focused, writing events.  

Dissertation Retreats. ​(hosted by Odette Reid). 
December 13 – 17. (Times TBA)
January 10 – 14 (Times TBA).

Register by emailing

I would participate in this every day until my dissertation was complete, if it was available.

I like the retreat for hearing the collective struggles and successes of the group. It makes me feel part of a community of writers.

Productivity Writing Workshops

Upcoming Workshop:  "What I Wish I had Known!" -- A discussion of the various elements that come together to build a successful dissertation journey.  Great for folks at any stage in the process, including pre-dissertation; those further along can provide insight for those just starting out!

Day and time: *RESCHEDULED*  Saturday, November 13, 2021   10am – 11:30.  (Led by Rhonda Reid on Zoom)

No registration necessary!  Use the same Zoom link as the Writing Groups.

Write Through: Dissertation Inspiration article series

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about our Graduate level writing and consultations services. If you can't find an answer to your question here, please reach out to us at