Writing Program

Graduate Writing Program

The Graduate Writing Program (GWP) serves all graduate students within the Rutgers community. Its courses are designed to support students in their current and future research goals. Thus while GWP 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.


16:355:500 Prose Style
Open to all students, Prose Style focuses on mechanics, sentence structure, paragraph development, and the organization of arguments. It is strongly recommended that any student who is not fluent in English take Prose Style before taking Graduate Writing (or any other GWP course). 

16:355:502 Graduate Writing
Open to students engaged in a writing project and in at least their second semester of coursework, Graduate Writing focuses on the drafting and revision process necessary for successful graduate work. It is strongly recommended that any student who has not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented a paper at a scholarly conference take Graduate Writing before taking Writing Grants and Proposals, Writing for Publication, or Writing the Dissertation.

16:355:504 Writing Grants and Proposals
Prerequisite (suggested): Graduate Writing
Open to students in at least their second year of coursework, Writing Grants and Proposals gives students the opportunity to research and develop grants and proposals, starting with RFPs and concluding with submission.

16:355:506 Writing for Publication
Prerequisite (suggested): Graduate Writing
Open to students preparing a paper for publication, Writing for Publication focuses on writing at the level necessary for a successful journal submission in a student’s given field. 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
Open to students beginning a new dissertation chapter or revising an existing one, Writing the Dissertation focuses on writing at the level necessary for a successful dissertation in a student’s given field. 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, and an MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University. His primary research program concerns the value of literature. His research has won the British Society of Aesthetics Essay Prize and is forthcoming in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. For more information, visit www.johnbholliday.com.

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.

Mimi Winick recently received her PhD from the Rutgers University English Department and is at work on a book project provisionally titled Studied Enchantment: Aspiring Scholars, Unprovable Histories, and the Modern Humanities, 1860-1960. Her work has appeared in the journals Modernism/Modernity and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and in the edited collection Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality. More information is available via Orcid.



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Rutgers Writing Program
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