Summer Institute

Summer Graduate Writing Institute

Meeting the month of July, the Summer Graduate Writing Institute provides intensive instruction, workshops, and a community of practice where everyone is writing. During this month, students typically write a short literature review if they are incoming students or perhaps a proposal or half a chapter if they are continuing students. The GS 760: Dissertation Workshop and GS 770: Writing Residency courses serve continuing students. The GS 750: Introduction to Graduate Writing and GS 740: Orientation to Graduate Study courses are both designed for students early in their graduate careers or just beginning graduate studies. The courses consist of both classroom and individualized components. KU and GWP faculty and staff members also field workshops throughout the Institute on topics that support writing. Space is made available for writing when classes are not in session.

Though writing is the focus of the Summer Institute, this activity doesn't have to be done in isolation.  In this vein, we also hold five social events during the month including the Kick-off breakfast and welcome and four common lunches.  These events allow students to connect with other writers and share common experiences.  To cover the cost of these events, each student is asked to pay a small fee when enrolling.

GS 740: Orientation to Graduate Studies
This class will include a series of workshops focused on strategies and tools for success in graduate school and beyond. Participants will learn how to use software to advantage and how to approach professional research and writing demands. Students will participate in all workshops and write a 7-page reflective paper on what they learned from the workshops attended.
GS 750: Introduction to Graduate Writing
This multi-disciplinary course is for students who want to hone their reading and writing skills early in their graduate degree programs. In this class, students will have the opportunity to improve both their academic writing and their research skills as they write a literature review or a proposal. Emphasis is placed on conventions of scholarly writing and organizational strategies as well as grammar, editing, and usage.
GS 760: Dissertation Workshop
This multi-disciplinary writing workshop will provide an environment for focused writing . Instruction will include two components: 1) one-on-one meetings with the instructor and/or staff and 2) mini-seminars on such topics as how to be more efficient with your writing, how to avoid typical roadblocks, how to stay motivated, and how to shed stress. In addition, participants may choose to attend some of the workshops offered in the institute.
GS 770: Writing Residency
This course will provide intensive writing support as you work on a current writing project (e.g. comprehensive exams, article, book chapter, project proposal, thesis/dissertation chapter).  We will study how to make stronger a argument and how to make your writing clear, concise, and cohesive while developing your professional identity.  You will receive classroom writing tips, peer review of writing, and brief one-on-one weekly conferences with the course instructor.
To provide students enrolled in the Summer Institute with the best possible resources, the GWP offers a series of workshops during the month of July.  These workshops appeal to writers and students at all stages of graduate school and range in topic from "Sucessful Students Tell All," to "Organizing and Synthesizing Your Literature" to "Getting Published in Academic Journals."  Students in the Institute are guaranteed a spot, but if space is available we open these workshops up to the campus community.  The offerings may change from summer to summer but are always on topics relevant to graduate students.  The documents below provide lists of past workshops.
Workshop Schedule 2010 (doc)
Workshop Schedule 2011 (doc)
Workshop Schedule 2012 (doc)
How to Enroll

Continuing KU Students:

  1. Contacts us at with either a request or a completed application.
  2. If not already completed, we will send you an application or refer you to the application on the website.
  3. Once the application is received we require a fee for food and supplies.
  4. We then send a permission number needed to enroll.

NEW STUDENTS (Students who have been admitted to KU for graduate degrees beginning in the fall but want to attend the Institute in July)
Domestic and International (Departments need to admit students early):

  1. Contact the GWP staff at and indicate whether you will have degree status or not.
  2. Staff will send an application to you.
  3. To begin the early admission process, contact your department and ask if you can be admitted early to take part in the Institute. 
  4. The department will contact GAP-C.  Please ask your department contact to copy the
    GWP on the email.  Our email address is
  5. GAP-C will notify us when the admission is complete so we can facilitate the rest of the enrollment process. 
  6. Once you have returned the application and the fee for food and supplies, we send a permission to enroll number.



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