Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Goals, Methodology, and History


The Graduate Writing Lab is committed to keeping up with recent and effective pedagogy in the areas of scholarly research, writing, and communication. Our current programming follows the innovative models of the student-centered approach, backward design in workshop development, and principles of scientific teaching. We design our programs to provide conceptual takeaways to scholars by helping them practice specific skills within targeted academic genres and writing styles. The Directors of the GWL have training and publishing expertise in a wide range of professional writing modes and disciplines, from Linguistics to Literary Analysis, to Popular Culture and American Studies, and to creative and public writing. In tandem, the GWL Staff—our Writing Fellows, Consultants, and Administrators—reflects the rich disciplinary, methodological, and representational paradigm of the Yale and larger New Haven professional and graduate community. We welcome your presence and input in helping us continue to serve the needs and interests of the Yale academic community!


The Graduate Writing Lab (GWL) was established in 2008 as one of the five McDougal Offices in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). For the next six years, the program that was known at that time as The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) grew to become an essential resource for Ph.D. and Master’s Degree students by expanding its programs and thematic offerings. In the summer of 2014, the Graduate Writing Center joined the newly created Center for Teaching and Learning to become The Graduate Writing Lab. From our beginnings as an office working solely with GSAS students, we have been supported to increase our resource reach to Yale professional schools. In addition, many postdoctoral scholars continue to engage with the available GWL resources to enhance their research, writing, and communication skills. In 2018, the Center for Teaching and Learning received an generous endowment from the Poorvu family and was renamed the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.