Graduate writing is a diverse experience for all graduate students and represents a major milestone in your education. It is exciting to think about all of the different ways in which graduate students communicate in their fields and to our larger community. Bronco Finish Line is here to make the process of navigating graduate writing as smooth as possible. The basic goal of our writing coaches is to prepare students for whatever challenges your program brings: class presentations, research papers, proposals, capstone and special projects, or theses and dissertations. Our coaches are here to shape you as writers and help you cross whatever writing finish line is in front of you. We will help your writing sessions be more productive and we can help you move from draft to finished product. We are here to serve you. Our work together will help you complete your journey from graduate student to published professional.
We have experienced writers on staff from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday to assist you with any stage of the writing process. Whether you have a finished document that you need help polishing, or just an idea for a project that you want to discuss, our coaches can help you. Like all writing programs, our goal is to improve the writer, not just the writing. So we do not create content or edit documents. Rather, we ask questions that might help the writer expand or clarify an idea, or we identify patterns of style errors and teach the writer how to recognize and correct these on their own. Sessions are 45 minutes with a limit of two session per week for each graduate student.
Mark Wood is a U.S. Navy veteran and an outdoor enthusiast. He holds degrees in English and Secondary Education and has taught writing at every level, from elementary school to graduate school. He is currently writing a novel while seeking a MFA in Boise State’s Creative Writing Program. Mark is always trying to improve his own work, and he loves helping other writers improve theirs.
Dan Lau is a poet and Kundiman fellow. He is the recipient of scholarships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Queer Cultural Center, and San Francisco Arts Commission. His poems have been published in Generations, Cape Cod Review, Gesture, RHINO, CRATE, Colorado Review and others.
FINISH LINE ONLINE
Because we recognize that it can be difficult or impossible for members of our eCampus community to physically meet with one of our writing coaches, we offer online writing consultations as well. When you submit your document for review, you can specify whether you need a Full Review, Spotlight Review, or just a Quick Question answered.
Online Consultation Policies
- This service is available to graduate students only.
- Writers may submit two pieces of writing per week, but not on the same day. Quick questions will not count toward this total.
- We accept up to 10 pages of writing per submission, which is all we have time to read in a given session. However, these pages do not have to be sequential, in the event you have different sections you need us to look at. If you need a full review of a long document, we are happy to go through it with you, but you will need to submit it in 10 page sections twice a week for however long it takes to complete the review.
- We will read these in the order they are received. We currently staff two writing coaches, so in the event of high submission volume a response could take several days. Submit as far ahead of your deadline as you can, but be assured that we will read your work as promptly as possible.
- If you are seeking editing of your work, be advised that we do not proofread documents. Rather, we identify patterns of errors and instruct you on how to recognize and correct them.