The Graduate Writing Initiative guides, supports and evaluates UMKC’s resources and programs for graduate writers, and provides resources for faculty working with graduate students. We do this by:

  • Identifying writing and research needs of graduate writers;
  • Collaborating with graduate writers, departments and offices across campus;
  • Providing resources and learning opportunities, with the goal of improving understanding and mastery of writing by focusing on skills like:
    • reflecting on the writing process;
    • analyzing and writing in new academic modes;
    • providing and receiving feedback with peers;
    • developing language to talk about writing.
  • Supporting writing through multiple channels and formats, thereby accommodating writers’ learning styles, program and department expectations, progress toward degree, location (on campus vs online), demographics, and life/work balance scenarios;
  • Connecting graduate writers with peers, aiding in socialization in the academic community, providing mentorship opportunities, and supporting graduate writers in securing and maintaining momentum.

The UMKC Writing Studio, The School of Graduate Studies, UMKC Libraries, and faculty, staff and graduate writers from departments across campus collaborate to provide these resources. If you have any questions about the resources described here, contact the Graduate Writing Specialist, Kara M. Kynion (

We offer support in a number of ways: Feedback, Community, and Resources.

“The Graduate Writing Initiative has helped to reassure me that I can be a competent graduate student. Along with having access to the resources provided, being around my colleagues who are experiencing the same things I am has helped to reaffirm that we certainly have the tools in place to be successful together.” – 5th year Ph.D. student