The SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center- still available online


The SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center is a virtual space designed to accommodate both online or on-campus graduate students for whom distance or busy schedules conflict with coming to campus.

The Center's free web-based service provides students with feedback on digital versions of their assignments and offers one-on-one coaching sessions via remote conferencing. 


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 emerging 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.

Participating Schools and Programs

In addition to currently enrolled SOLES students, the SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center offers services to currently enrolled students from the following schools/degree programs:
Hahn School of Nursing
Kroc School of Peace Studies
M.S. in Applied Data Science
M.S. in Cyber Security Operations & Leadership
M.S. in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership
School of Business 
  • The SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center Philosophy
  • The Services Offered
  • The Online Coaching Process
  • The Submission Form
  • Writing Workshop Videos
  • Resources

Writing Workshops-- all workshops as planned. Attendees will receive a Zoom link to online workshops through email.

Introduction to APA 7th Edition Workshop 

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.     Register Here!

This question-driven workshop will introduce graduate students to APA 7th edition style, formatting, and publication guidelines. We'll cover major changes from APA 6th edition, the SOLES-recommended professional style formatting, and online APA 7th resources. Participants are encouraged to bring questions! This workshop is held via Zoom.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.

The Research Writing Process & Library Orientation

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Register Here!

Join us for a Graduate Student Library Orientation that includes an interactive introduction to using the USD library for research. Graduate students are invited to participate in an introduction to the USD library focused on the unique needs of students conducting advanced disciplinary research. This hands-on workshop will take you through the steps of the research process in five stages: Begin Research, Understand Information Sources, Find Sources, Search Strategies, and Evaluate Sources. Advanced registration is required.

Reviewing the Literature Review Workshop 

TBD      Register Here!

For many students, it is not the research portion of Action Research/thesis/dissertation that is the most intimidating, it is the Literature Review. However, with the right tools at your disposal, and a clear understanding of the task, you can spend more time focusing on your research and less time stressing about your literature review. Students will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of how to critically analyze information, organize their Literature Review, and synthesize information to create well-supported writing. This workshop is open to students of all writing skills and all language backgrounds. Students are encouraged to bring documents related to their research to the workshop.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.

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Presentation Skills

TBD  Register Here!

Professional Academic Writing Coach, Dr. Sara Henry will lead this free online workshop. Topics will include:
- Presenting remotely
- Speaking to academic audiences
- Nonverbal and vocal skills to enhance presentation style
- Structure and organization
- Visual aid preparation/guidelines

The workshop is free. Advanced registration is required to receive Zoom link.

Finish Strong Writing Clinic

Saturday April 10th, 2021 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.       Register Here!

An end-of-semester remote writing clinic designed for the graduate student who wants to cross the finish line and finish strong. An ideal opportunity to gain skills for improving your own writing while actually completing a writing assignment. This hands-on workshop includes mini-lessons for revising, editing, and proofreading your final drafts with the help of writing coaches.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.