Residential Centers



Graduate Writing Center

Graduate Writing Center

Contact Information


Location: Dorm 10 

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
(Closed for Convocation)

phone (434) 592-4727
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Connect with us: 

Online Graduate Students should contact the Online Writing Center.

Residential Students

Make an Appointment

*Students may schedule appointments no earlier than one week in advance and may not exceed two appointments in one week.

Online Students

If you are an LUO student, you can get help from the Online Writing Center in a quick and convenient manner. Head over to their page to schedule help in the way that works best for you.

What to Expect

Our Goal

The Graduate Writing Center provides coaching services to help students develop skills and competence in technical aspects of writing.

Our Coaching

  • Writing coaches offer suggestions after reviewing a writing sample and teach skills rather than simply proofread or physically edit the text.
  • Our appointments are one hour in length, and, so that we are able to give the best coaching to each student, we are unable to accept walk-ins.

What to Bring

  • If your paper is under ten pages, bring a hard copy to the appointment, as well as any research and the professor's instructions/rubric.
  • If your paper is more than ten pages, please email a copy of your paper at least one business day in advance, as well as bringing a hard copy to the appointment along with any research and the professor's instructions/rubric.

Please note what we are not: we're not a drop-off service or a proofreading, editing service. We believe great writers develop through discussing ideas together and improving writing together. Dropping off a paper for an editor just does not cut it. Bring a printed and unmarked copy of your paper, and we'll work together.

GRST 500 - What You Need to Know

You may notice GRST 500 on your Blackboard course listing, and you may have some questions about it. Read to learn more.

GRST 500?

  • GRST 500 stands for "Introduction to Graduate Writing" and is a required course for all incoming residential graduate students.
  • Though it does not contribute credits toward your degree program, GRST 500 prepares students for the unique expectations of graduate-level writing, including topics such as documentation, thesis development, organization, and writing in various genres. 

The Course

  • To receive credit for GRST 500, students must either (1) pass the embedded assessment, or (2) attend the six class sessions and complete the coursework.
  • To learn more about the course, please see the GRST 500 textbook.

The Assessment

  • The Graduate Writing Assessment is multiple-choice and deals with grammar and critical thinking.
  • The assessment is a mandatory requirement for ALL incoming residential graduate students.
    • Assessment for Residential Students: If students answer at least 38 questions correctly, they are exempt from GRST 500. If students do not answer 38 questions correctly, they are required to take GRST 500.
    • Assessment for Online Students: Online graduate students placed in GRST 500 must complete the course regardless of their assessment test score. 
  • All students must remain registered for GRST 500 regardless of their score on the test. Students will “pass” at the end of the semester when final grades are submitted.