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. While Graduate Writing Program courses 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 Spring 2019 courses listed below. For more information about the GWP, please contact Mark DiGiacomo at

16:355:502 Graduate Writing
This course will introduce you to the drafting and revision process necessary for successful graduate writing. You will work to develop professional writing habits and learn how to write effectively across several important scholarly genres: abstracts, literature reviews, seminar papers, and conference papers.

16:355:506 Writing for Publication
In this course, you will learn how to prepare a successful article for submission to a scholarly journal in your discipline. The class will cover everything from revising manuscripts to setting realistic deadlines to responding effectively to editorial and reviewer feedback.

16:355:508 Writing the Dissertation
Whether you are focused on starting your dissertation, preparing it for submission, or completing one chapter in particular, this course will help you achieve your dissertation writing goals. You will learn how to sharpen your argument and make timely progress toward the completion of your degree.


Mark DiGiacomo directs the Graduate Writing Program. He has a PhD in English from Rutgers, where he was a CCA fellow and a Mellon fellow. His writing has appeared in Modernism/modernity and Comparative Literature Studies. In addition to his scholarship, he has worked at an academic science journal and in the health nonprofit field. He is at work on a book entitled  Resistant Forms: African Art and the Making of Literary Modernism as well as a writing guide for graduate students across the disciplines.

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. She is also an editor at Etudes, an online theater and performance studies journal.

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.