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The Graduate Writing Program serves all matriculated graduate students within the Rutgers community. Its courses are designed to support students in their current and future research goals. Thus while Graduate Writing Program courses do appear on students’ transcripts, they carry zero credits and are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, where satisfactory performance is largely determined by attendance and engagement. Courses typically consist of eight class meetings and two one-on-one conferences. Students of all writing levels are welcome.

Interested in taking a course offered by the Graduate Writing Program? If so, register here for one of the Fall 2018 courses listed below.


16:355:502 Graduate Writing
Graduate Writing focuses on the drafting and revision process necessary for successful graduate work. Major scholarly genres are addressed, such as abstracts, literature reviews, seminar papers, and conference papers. Students will also work on developing professional writing habits. It is strongly recommended that any student who has not yet published in an academic journal or presented a paper at an academic conference take Graduate Writing before taking other GWP courses.

16:355:506 Writing for Publication
Prerequisite (suggested): Graduate Writing
Writing for Publication helps students prepare a successful article submission to a scholarly journal in their discipline. It will assist students in revising manuscripts, setting realistic deadlines, and responding to feedback from journals. Writing for Publication is largely a workshop-based course and thus requires students to be invested in the work of their class colleagues.

16:355:508 Writing the Dissertation
Prerequisite (suggested): Graduate Writing
Writing the Dissertation helps ABD students achieve their writing goals. Whether you are focused on starting your dissertation, preparing it for submission, or just completing a particular chapter, this class will support you in sharpening your argument and making timely progress toward your degree. Writing the Dissertation is largely a workshop-based course and thus requires students to be invested in the work of their class colleagues.


Mark DiGiacomo completed his doctoral work in English at Rutgers, where he was a CCA fellow and a Mellon fellow. He is writing a book entitled Resistant Forms: African Art and the Making of Literary Modernism.

John Holliday has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Maryland, an MA in philosophy from Syracuse University, an MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University. His research has won the British Society of Aesthetics Essay Prize and has appeared in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, among other places. For more information, visit

Erin Kelly completed her PhD in English at Rutgers. Her research, including a book project entitled Fortune’s Faces: Contingency, Order, and Uncertainty in Early Modern Literature and Thought, investigates relationships between literary imagination and scientific discourse. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries and Configurations.

Sarbani Vengadasalam has a PhD in comparative postcolonial drama, three masters’ degrees, and several publications in journals and books. She has contributed to the profession as content expert and visiting faculty for graduate, undergraduate, and developmental programs abroad as well as at University of Minnesota, Cogswell College, University of Maryland University College, South University, and DeVry University. Dr. Vengadasalam also has a professional MBA certificate, management experience in technology companies, and holds certifications in Web 2.0 and social media learning tools. For her CV, sample papers, and conference presentations, click here.


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Rutgers Writing Program
Murray Hall, Room 108
510 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 

TEL (848) 932-7570
FAX (732) 932-3094