» Graduate Writing Assistants

Graduate Writing Assistants (GWAs), supported by the Office of Graduate Education and the English Department’s Writing Center, are available for all Chapman University graduate students to assist with the research and writing process. Graduate writing assistants are available on both the Rinker campus (summer/fall/spring trimesters) and on the Orange campus (fall/spring semesters).

The GWAs are available to graduate students to assist with tutoring in research and writing, focusing on both the rhetorical and technical conventions of scholarly and creative writing in specific disciplines, from the physical and health sciences to screenwriting. The tutors are also trained to help graduate students during their completion of substantial graduate program writing requirements, such as research papers, articles for publication, theses, and dissertations. GWAs can help with style guide formatting, issues related to English as a secondary language, and utilizing the library’s resources for research.

GWAs are available for either 30-minute or 50-minute sessions on a walk-in basis. Rinker GWAs are located in the Student Commons in the 9401 building, and Orange GWAs are located in the Writing Center in DeMille Hall.

Digital writing assistance is also available for graduate students at both the Rinker and Orange campuses. For digital writing assistance from a GWA, please email graduatetutor@chapman.edu along with your document copied into the body of the email as well as attached to it. In the text of your email, please include:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • How you heard about the GWA program (e.g., a friend, an instructor, orientation, signs on campus, an email announcement, or otherwise)
  • Your graduate program
  • A brief description of the assignment
  • A brief explanation of the type of help you’d like or any specific questions you have

A GWA will respond within 48 hours to emails sent Monday through Thursday. If you send the email on a Friday, you may not receive a response until Monday. We do our best to respond to you as soon as possible and appreciate your patience!

Orange Campus GWA Schedule for Spring 2020
(From February 10 through May 15)

  • Monday (Sarah): 4:00pm–7:00pm
  • Tuesday (Phil): 2:00pm–4:00pm, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Wednesday (Sarah): 4:00pm–7:00pm
  • Thursday (Phil): 2:00pm–6:00pm
  • Friday (Sarah): 4:00pm­–6:00pm

Rinker Campus GWA Schedule for Spring 2020
(From January 13 through April 11)

  • Monday (Sam): 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday (Sam): 11:00am–2:00pm
  • Wednesday (Sam): 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Thursday (Chris): 5:30pm–9:30pm
  • Friday (Chris): 3:00pm–5:30pm; 6:00pm–8:30pm

Need more information?

For any questions regarding graduate writing tutoring, please contact Dr. Sarah Robblee, Director of the Writing Center.