Writing Consultations

Writing consultation services are provided only for graduate students currently enrolled in the School of Social Work who want to work on their writing for classes, job market materials (CVs, resumes, cover letters and personal statements), or applications for grants or fellowships. Please be aware that consultations are not provided for personal statements for applications to other graduate programs or for any type of course examination, including take-home mid-term or final exams.

Schedule a Consultation
The writing consultant holds office hours at the DiNitto Center for Career Services by appointment. Consultations generally last 45 minutes, and drop-in consultations are available in the event that no appointments are scheduled. If you are interested in making an appointment, you can do so at Steer Your Career.

Scope of the consultations: the writing consultant offers graduate students non-evaluative feedback about their writing in order to improve composition and revision skills. Services include assistance with brainstorming, organization, structure, audience, tone, clarity, transitions, APA citation, and sentence-level problems. The writing consultant is familiar with expectations of scholarly writing in the field of social work and is prepared to work with students on literature reviews, course papers, job applications, and other writing projects. The purpose of these consultations is to assist you in becoming a better writer; however, the consultant is not your teacher, and it is important to remember that having a writing consultation does not necessarily guarantee you will receive a better grade. Additionally, the writing consultant does not provide line-editing or proofreading services for grammar.

Students interested in assistance with job market materials are strongly encouraged to attend one of the many workshops presented by the DiNitto Center for Career Services prior to requesting help. Students who send resumes or CVs to Jennifer Luna for review may hear directly from a writing consultant.