Graduate Writing Studio at Fresno State 

Henry Madden Library, 2119;   559-278-2450

Summer 2019 Writing Studio Hours


You can now schedule a ZOOM appointment or register for a writing group or workshop online.

You can also call 559-278-2450 or Email to request an appointment. 

Need help finding us?  Here is a handy library map!

Fall 2019: Appointment Requests

If you would like to set up recurring appointments during the fall semester (e.g., weekly, every other week), you can fill out an appointment request form now!  We will then contact you at the very beginning of the semester to finalize an appointment schedule.




Graduate Student Success Series

We offer workshops on documentation style (APA, MLA), literature reviews, academic writing, developing your scholarly voice, note-taking, EndNote, and more.  These are all intended to help you be successful in your graduate journey!

ZOOM Summer Writing Series

Join us for a summer Graduate Student Success Series via ZOOM!  Attend these four workshops on four different Saturdays.  All are offered virtually, so you can attend from anywhere!

  • Critical Skimming and Note-taking (6/29)
  • Avoiding Plagiarism (7/13)
  • Literature Review (7/27)
  • Essay Organization (8/10)

Register now! A ZOOM link will be emailed to you prior to the workshop session. 


Ask Mr. Write! 

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Do you have a quick writing-related question? Want some help citing a source?  Need a punctuation tip?  Have a quick style question?  Can't understand a grammar rule? Struggling with a formatting issue?

Please click on Mr. Write to submit your question.  We will do our best to respond to your request within 24 hours (Monday - Friday).

If your question appears to need more than a quick answer, we may recommend that you meet with a consultant (in person or virtually). 


Virtual Consultations with Zoom!
Zoom Meeting Experience

Zoom is an online meeting and conferencing platform that allows for audio, video, and screen sharing.  It is an easy to use and high quality solution for those students who, due to distance and time constraints, are unable to physically meet with writing consultants.  If you would like more information about Zoom, please visit their website:

In the Graduate Writing Studio, we are utilizing Zoom for one-on-one writing consultations.  We are implementing “Zoom only” and “Zoom hybrid” sessions.  “Zoom only” sessions use the audio, video, and screen sharing features.  “Zoom hybrid” sessions use the screen sharing features of Zoom along with audio via a traditional phone line. The hybrid session accommodates students who may not have a microphone-enabled computer.  In this instance, the consultant will invite the student to the on-line Zoom meeting and will also call the student on the phone. 

For information on how to access and use Zoom, please see our Zoom Guide for Students (pdf -1.1 MB).  Also, check out our new Zoom infographic(pdf 646 kb)!

NEW VIDEO: Introduction to ZOOM!

Video on How to Join a Zoom meeting!

Video on How to Access Video and Audio Settings!

Zoom consultations brought to you in part by the Graduate Net Initiative.

Drop-in Appointments

Every hour the Graduate Writing Studio is open may be considered a "drop-in" time.  Students often do not use all 50 minutes of a session, and there are occasionally students who fail to show up for scheduled appointments.  If either of the Graduate Writing Studio doors are open (i.e., the "Consultation in Progress" sign is not posted), students are welcome to "drop-in" on the consultant; even if it's only for 15 minutes, it could be time well-spent.

Graduate Study Center

All Fresno State graduate students are welcome to use the computer workstations and study rooms in our study center space. No reservations are required.

Workshops: Graduate Student Success Series

Reference librarians,Graduate Writing Studio and Stats Studio staff offer informative workshops on EndNote, Literature Reviews, the Thesis Submission Process, Google Apps, Academic Writing, documentation style, Avoiding Plagiarism, Excel and SPSS. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops!

International Graduate Student Services

Grammar for Grad Students: This is a free series consisting of four sessions.  It is designed to help develop your writing skills according to the academic requirements of this university. Some of the topics that will be covered include parts of speech, sentence and paragraph construction, and punctuation.  Stay tuned for upcoming workshops!

Writing Groups

Are you looking for additional writing support?  We are forming multi-disciplinary, discipline-specific, and virtual (ZOOM) writing groups. 
Check out our information on  Graduate Writing Groups! (162kb)

GWS Blog

GWS Blog  The Fresno State Graduate Writing Studio blog is focused on topics pertaining to graduate students and academic writing.  We hope it will be a helpful writing resource.  Check it out now!

Graduate Writing Studio Policies

You must be a registered Fresno State graduate student to use the services of the Graduate Writing Studio.

Graduate students may schedule appointments on-site (Graduate Study Center, room 2119), via telephone (278-2450), or via email (

Appointment slots are held until 10 minutes past the hour; after this time, the session will be given away to another student.

Failure to attend a scheduled appointment without notifying GWS staff 24 hours in advance may result in cancellation of subsequent appointments.

Consultants may work with students on projects, theses, or other longer papers as part of a Fresno State course assignment; consultants may also collaborate with students on professional development needs like cover letters for doctoral, employment, or scholarship applications.  Otherwise, consultants are not permitted to advise students on written material unrelated to the pursuit and completion of a master's or doctoral degree at Fresno State.

Graduate Writing Studio Philosophy

 The Graduate Writing Studio consultants view writing as constantly developing and changing, and they encourage students to engage in writing as a process through brainstorming, drafting, and discussing their work.

GWS consultants will meet graduate students at any stage of the writing process. However, consultants are not permitted to proofread and edit papers for mechanical and grammatical errors without explanation or discussion with the student.

GWS consultants are trained to promote collaborative learning, where the student is an active participant in the session; offer practical encouragement and constructive criticism; and direct students to resources that will help them continue their work independently after the session. The goal of each session is for the student to increase his or her skill level, confidence, and independence as a writer.

GWS consultants are trained as well to ask students questions about their writing goals and concerns. Given the length of most graduate-level writing assignments (e.g., theses, projects), consultants will not likely be able to review the entire piece of writing; students should be prepared to identify which portion or portions of an assigned writing task they wish to cover within the time frame of the consultation.

Meet the Staff

Spring 2018


Jamie Barker

Jamie Barker earned her B.A. in English in 2011, received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2014, and is now working on an M.A. in Literature. She is an adjunct English professor at Reedley College, where she loves her amazing, hard-working students. Jamie has also taught at private schools in San Francisco and the bay area, and at the Fresno County Jail, where she hopes to return. Jamie is a wife, a mother of four, and is the happy abuela to Mason and Luna (with baby Harlem coming in June of 2019). She lives in Fresno with her husband Brad, and her dogs Hector and Ophelia.






Greta Bell

Greta Bell has an MA in History from Fresno State and has been working at the GWS for almost 3 years. Her thesis focused on 18th century English print, tradesmen, and consumerism, so if you have any questions about ridiculous early modern fashion all you have to do is ask. Greta is currently living in the Mile High City and does all of her consultations via Zoom. She loves learning about all of the amazing research taking place at Fresno State and can't wait to meet you!


Mariah Fresno State


Mariah Bosch is a poet in the MFA program here at Fresno State. She also teaches first year writing and interns at the Laureate Lab Visual Words Studio. She was born and raised in Fresno and it always makes its way into her poems somehow.






Krystal Cantú is a Latina writer from Chicago. She is in her final year in the Creative Writing program at Fresno State and plans to move back to Chicago and work in publishing after graduation.






  Candice Cortney received her B.S. in Chemistry at Fresno State and decided to come back to receive her M.S. in Chemistry. She is currently conducting research under Dr. Krishnan analyzing the keto-enol tautomerization of acetylacetone in mixed solvents using NMR spectroscopy. She is also a CHEM 1A lab instructor here on campus. In her spare time, she loves to read any topics related to quantum mechanics and physical chemistry. She also loves to talk about the waves and spins of particles.



Ronald Dzerigian

Ronald Dzerigian graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing  (emphasis in Poetry) from Fresno  State. He serves as an assistant coordinator and writing consultant for the Graduate Writing Studio and has been part of the team since 2013.  He has authored a collection of poems, Rough Fire (Finishing Line Press, 2018), and lives in a small farming community outside Fresno with his wife and two daughters.




 Alex Habib

Alex Habib received his BA in English from Fresno State in 2018 and is currently working on getting his MFA in creative writing, fiction. He is fascinated by the intersection of mythology and philosophy and is currently working on his first novel, which he hopes to expand into a trilogy. His hobbies include reading fantasy novels, kickboxing, video games, and writing poetry.




  Harley Hall

Harley Hall received her BA in history from Fresno State and is currently working on her MA in history. Her research interests include 20th century U.S. culture and 20th century Eastern Europe. In her free time she likes to play the saxophone, watch movies, play video games, and swim.






Laura Hendricksen


Laura Hendricksen  received BA’s in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia before moving back home to pursue her MA in Linguistics at Fresno State. She is an aspiring world-traveler and polyglot with a passion for writing/editing.



Tess Hernandez

  Tess Hernandez graduated with her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2017 from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is now working towards her M.S. in Chemistry. She is currently conducting research in the field of peptides/peptidomimetics and working as a CHEM 3A Lab instructor. In her spare time, she loves to read fiction, travel, practice yoga, play video games, and participate in amateur beer brewing.




Debbie Neufeld

Debra Neufeld graduated from the Kremen School of Education at Fresno State with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. She also completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technology. After working in the Graduate Writing Studio for two years as a graduate assistant, she returned to the studio in a staff role. She works on various program aspects related to the Writing Studio in addition to meeting with students.  




 Stephanie Novak received her B.S. in Criminology from Fresno State and is currently working on her M.S. in Criminology. She is a research assistant for Dr. Kieckhaefer who is researching positive and negative interviewing techniques utilized by local law enforcement. As a master’s student she is excited to begin her own research and contribute to the field of criminology. In her free time she likes to take her dog to the park, read, watch Netflix, and go to the rec center.



 Photo of Chuck RadkeChuck Radke is the Dissertation and Thesis Consultant at Fresno State, along with coordinating the services of the Fresno State Graduate Writing Studio. Chuck has a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA, a Master of Arts in English from Fresno State, and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida International University.




ManivoneManivone Sayasone is a second-year student in the M.F.A program in creative writing with an emphasis in publishing and editing.  She received her A.A. in Humanities at the Merced Community College and a B.A. in English with a minor in Art at UC Merced.  She aspires to become a storyboard artist for an animation studio or a video game developer.  For leisure, she goes on walks, writes fiction, draws, and plays video games.




Michael Smith


Michael Smith received his BS in Biology in 2016 from Fresno Pacific University and is now working towards his MS in Biology (Bush Lab). His thesis research is focused on understanding the relationship between fat tissue and coronary artery disease. In his spare time, Michael enjoys staying active, trips to the mountains and coast (If missing, check Carmel), wine and beer tasting, live music, and spending time with family and friends.



Wellness Tips for Graduate Students


The handouts contain some common issues we cover in consultations.  The Power Points are shorter versions of the classroom presentations or mini-workshops offered on campus.



Dissertation and Thesis Template

Literature Reviews and More

Resources for English Language Learners

Academic Word List - Victoria University (pdf 87 kb)

U.S. Academic Writing (pdf 41 kb)

Useful Web Links for ESL Students (pdf 383 kb)

Writing Paragraphs - University of North Carolina Writing Center  (pdf 139 kb)

Grammar and Punctuation Resources

Oxford Comma - YouTube video (3 minutes)

Collective Nouns - YouTube video (5.5 minutes)

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