The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3120

Fall 2020 Hours
Mon-Thurs 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Fri 9:00 AM-5PM; Sun variable, all via
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Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Graduate Student Services

The OUWC isn't just for undergraduates. Graduate students occupy a writing-rich environment, one in which they must write on demand. Our staff includes university faculty and graduate students who can offer assistance as you:

  • Draft or revise a manuscript for publication
  • Craft an assignment
  • Report your statistical findings
  • Compose a thesis or dissertation
  • Assemble a teaching portfolio
  • Construct a personal statement
  • Revise a curriculum vitae
  • Generate a proposal or mission statement
  • Prepare a syllabus, scaffold assignments, and offer feedback to student submissions

To schedule an appointment, make a referral, or request an in-class seminar or consultation, please send an e-mail to or give us a call at (248) 370-3120.


Sit Down and Write!

If you are writing an article or have commenced writing your thesis or dissertation, you might benefit from a program that has served many of OU's newly minted PhDs. The concept is rather simple. You bring a computer, anything with which you need to compose, and the willingness to "sit down and write."

This summer, we host remote Sit Down and Write! sessions on Monday mornings at 9AM and Wednesday afternoons at 3PM. Please register here.

Dissertation 101

If you need more than accountability, such as support for specific tasks like drafting your IRB, representing the results of your statistical analyses, avoiding plagiarism or copyright infringement, and storing your data to protect its integrity and your participants' privacy, register for one of the following Dissertation 101 Workshops by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 PM (Room TBA): Preparing for and Launching Your Academic Job Search with Missie Smith, Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering. If you are nearing program completion or would like to know more about the academic job search, this is the session for you.

Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 PM in 242 Kresge Library: Documenting, Organizing and Storing Your Research Data. Knowing how to best document, organize and store your data is an important consideration, whether you are taking classes, preparing to defend, or working at any stage in between. In this session, Research Data Librarian Joanna Thielen shares ways to help you:
• Document your data so it makes sense later
• Organize your data so you can find it late
• Store your data safely and securely

Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00 PM in 242 Kresge Library: Copyright and Fair Use. In this session, Associate Professor and Librarian Julia Rodriguez examines intellectual property rights and discusses appropriate use of copyrighted material.

Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 PM: Navigating the IRB Process (Room TBA). If you are about to compose your IRB, you won't want to miss this session with Dr. Judette Haddad, Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, and Kate Wydeven, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, The Research Office at OU.

Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00 PM in 242 Kresge Library: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Reporting Your Statistical Results. In this session, the Writing Center's Ashley Mueller, Writing Center, discusses some of the most common statistical reporting errors and shares strategies for avoiding them.

Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00 PM in 242 Kresge Library: Synthesizing the Literature in High Stakes Documents. Writing Center Director Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D., discusses the features of effective literature reviews and highlights common problems writers encounter as they work to represent the literature within their publications, theses, and dissertations.