Career & Professional Development

Writing and Editing

Writing is one of the most important skills for grad students to develop. You will be required to write a lot in grad school and in a variety of formats, and you can develop habits and techniques to make the writing process easier. Whatever career path you choose, it’s likely that you will be required to create some type of written publications, such as journal articles, book manuscripts, memos, or manuals. As a grad student, you should become familiar with the publication process and work towards the submission of your own material to the appropriate sources before you graduate.


    Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215)
    Help with writing and editing a variety of documents such as theses and dissertations, applications, cover letters, and much more. For more information, contact the Writing Peer Advisor.

    ​Graduate Writers' Room

    A quiet, dedicated workspace for graduate students to work on any type of writing project (whether dissertation, seminar paper, journal article, or something else) with amenities such as ergonomic furniture, plenty of electrical outlets, coffee, tea, water, snacks, and wifi. Graduate Division Peers are available to discuss writing problems or provide encouragement ​and support as needed. Check The GradPost for current hours and locations.

    Intensive Dissertation Writing Retreat
    An annual four-day writing workshop aimed at helping Ph.D. students in the middle stages of their dissertation process by providing intensive writing times, breakout sessions with a facilitator on typical dissertation issues, one-on-one consultations with the facilitator, and peer consultations. Check The GradPost for more information on the next offering.

    The GradPost Career and Tools Section
    Browse the Career and Tools Section of The GradPost to find articles, resources, and information related to writing. See also the Events page for an updated calendar of events and workshops.


    Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS)
    Offering a Writing Lab, Writing Drop-Ins, and ESL tutorials.

    UCSB Library

    Writing and research tools including handbooks, tutorials, and tips.

    Writing Department

    Graduate course Writing 251 (Academic Research Writing) allows advanced graduate students to work with existing research to create publications and writing for non-academic audiences.

    Online career hub and support network for faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Featuring news and advice pieces (many related to writing) as well as an active discussion group on scholarly writing.

    Purdue Online Writing Lab
    Resources and instructional material on topics such as research and citation, subject-specific writing, and job search writing.

    Publish, Not Perish
    Online tutorial created the University of Colorado focusing on the art and craft of publishing in scholarly journals.

    Citation Tracking Software