The SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center


The mission of the SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center is to provide all students, of all skill levels and at all stages of the writing process, with access to free writing coaching to support the discovery and development of their potential as writers.


The SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center has student and program specific goals.

Our student learning goals are for students to develop confidence as writers and ease with the writing process and to learn the skills to produce clear and effective writing.

Our program goal is to promote student success through writing for the benefit of students’ academic and professional lives.

  • The SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center Philosophy
  • The Services Offered
  • The Coaching Process
  • The Submission Form

 Workshops Scheduled for Fall 2018

The How and Why of Summary vs. Analysis

Thur, Sept 27, 2018 12:00 - 1:10 p.m.

Are you unsure about the difference between summary and analysis? Are you confident about when to summarize and when to analyze? Are you interested in sharpening your analytical writing skills? Then this hands-on workshop is for you.

This workshop outlines the differences between summary and analysis and it provides an opportunity for students to practice in-depth analytical writing. Students will learn tips for how to analyze a text and how to use source material to effectively support academic writing. The workshop is designed for students at all levels of writing skills and students are encouraged to bring writing assignments to workshop during the session.

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The Action Research Project: What Your Data is Telling You, TBA

Research. It starts with a question and ends with results, right? But what happens in the middle exactly? If you are feeling uncertain about the process of action research, which includes: data collection, interpretation, reflection, action plan, and assessment plan creation then this workshop will be perfect for you!

This workshop will focus on how to analyze data to find relevant commonalities and themes and how to go about implementing this information. Students will learn strategies to help them decide what to include in their research as well as the best methods to make their writing succinct and purposeful. This workshop is open to students of all writing skills and all language backgrounds. Students are encouraged to bring documents related to their action research to the workshop.

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To Cite or Not to Cite, TBA

Among the many skills we need for academic writing, the ability to integrate research literature is among the most important. This workshop is designed to help writers decide when to summarize, paraphrase or insert direct quotes from research sources when writing literature reviews, methodology, analysis and findings. Students will gain clarity about the myriad ways to use research in their writing and for what purposes.

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Hearing Voices: Active vs. Passive Sentences, TBA

We have all heard that most academic writing should be done in the active voice, but what does that mean? And when can you use the passive voice? Are there effective uses of both? This workshop will help you distinguish between the two voices while choosing the one most appropriate to your writing. Students will leave with the confidence to apply these two voices for strong, clear writing.

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The Finish Line Is In Sight, Time For Reflection! TBA

You’ve been working on your research for months and now the end is near! The final task is to step back from your research and reflect. But what does that mean exactly? The reflection process is not only a key component of AR, but also critical to the professional development of educators as a whole.

The SOLES Writing Coaches

Sara Kathleen Henry, Ph.D.

Dr. Henry is the founder of Heartful Editor and serves as the Editor-in-Chief. She is an expert in the style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). She holds a B.A. in human communication from Arizona State University, an M.A. in postsecondary educational leadership and student affairs from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in leadership studies and higher education administration from the University of San Diego.

Sara works closely with graduate students, doctoral candidates, and faculty members on course papers, theses and dissertations, and manuscripts or book chapters for publication. She also supports academic and career professionals on edits to websites, personal statements, resumes and cover letters, curriculum vitae, slide decks and conference presentations, marketing and outreach materials, blog posts and social media content, technical manuals, and more.


Megan Krone, Ph.D.

Dr. Megan Krone is a collegiate recreation professional at DePaul University. Dr. Krone earned a B.S. in physical education and English education at the University of Michigan, an M.A. in applied professional studies at DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in leadership studies with a focus in higher education at the University of San Diego. Megan’s dissertation examined mental health practices and the stigma of mental health on college campuses. Her academic writing focuses on caring campus communities, emergent leadership practices, and access to higher education, particularly for historically underrepresented populations.

Megan enjoys using her love of grammar, syntax, style, organization, and formatting to support writers’ goals (e.g., organizing a literature review, formatting a thesis or dissertation, completing an academic assignment, or submitting an article for publication). Megan strives to give feedback in a manner that maintains the writer as the owner and expert of their work. Having pursued a nontraditional academic path as an editor, Megan seeks to promote learning, independence, and authenticity.