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Writing Hub Events + Services 

This page overviews all Writing Hub events and programs for the current academic quarter. All events are held in the Teaching + Learning Commons, located in Geisel Library (lower level west) unless otherwise noted.

Questions? Contact us at writinghub@ucsd.edu

Undergraduate Events + Services

Undergrad Writing Consultations

Make an appointment with one of our 50+ undergraduate writing consultants!

Undergraduate students can make up to 3 writing consultation appointments per week. Appointments are 30 minutes; consultants are available 6 days per week. Same day appointments available!

No appointment? No problem! We hold drop-in consultation hours Monday-Thursday, 5-7pm. 

Undergrad Writing Workshops

Come to one of our undergrad writing workshops to set yourself up for writing success! 

Please note: You can still come to a workshop even if you haven't signed up! Each workshop is on a first-come, first-served basis and we give priority to students who have signed up in advance. So sign up and claim your spot!

To sign up for any of the workshops below, fill out our online sign-up form!

Week Workshop Title Day/Date Time
2

Writing on the Quarter System

Tuesday,
January 14
12:15-1:30pm
2

MCWP: Using Elements of Argument

Thursday,
January 16
5:15-6:30pm
3

How to Paraphrase Effectively

Wednesday, January 22 12:15-1:30pm
4

MCWP 50: Research Papers

Thursday, January 30 5:15-6:30pm
5

Writing on the Quarter System

Monday, February 3 5:15-6:30pm
7

Undocu Tritons: Translating Your Personal Story to Your Personal Statements

Wednesday, February 19 1:30-2:45pm
9

MCWP 40/50: Making Sure Your Main Claim is Arguable and Original

Monday, March 2 5:00-6:15pm
10

How to Paraphrase Effectively

Wednesday, March 11 1:15-2:30pm

 

Graduate Student Events + Services

Graduate Writing Consultations

Make an appointment with one of our 10+ graduate student writing consultants!

Graduate students can make 30- or 60-minute consultation appointments, and up to two 60-minute writing appointments per week. 

Graduate Writing Workshops

Come to one of our Winter Quarter grad student writing workshops to learn more about common writing genres and develop your skills as an academic writer. All grad workshops are 3 hours and combine discussion, reading, facilitated writing/practice time, and content overview.  

Week Workshop Title Day/Date Time
2

Job Market Series: Teaching Statements

RSVP for the Teaching Statements Workshop

Friday,
January 17
10:00am-1:00pm
3

Job Market Series: Diversity Statements

RSVP for the Diversity Statements Workshop

Friday, 
January 24
10:00am-1:00pm
4

Job Market Series: Research Statements

RSVP for the Research Statements Workshop

Friday, January 31

10:00am-1:00pm
5

Connecting With a Non-Expert Audience

RSVP for the Non-Expert Audience Workshop

Friday, 
February 7
10:00am-1:00pm
6

Research/Conference Paper Abstracts 

RSVP for the Abstracts Workshop

Friday, 

 

February 14
10:00am-1:00pm
7

Writing Science through Story

RSVP for the Writing Science Workshop

Friday, 
February 21
10:00am-1:00pm
8

Style and Clarity in Academic Writing

RSVP for the Style Workshop

Friday, 
February 28
10:00am-1:00pm
9

Research Proposal/Prospectus

RSVP for the Research Proposal Workshop

Friday, 
March 6
10:00am-1:00pm

Dissertation Writer's Workshop

The Dissertation Writer's Workshop is a new program from the Writing Hub, specifically intended for ABD graduate students who are in the process of writing their dissertations.

Part workshop, part writing retreat, the Dissertation Writer's workshop consists of 3 consecutive sessions. Each session will entail a 1.5 hour workshop designed to demystify the dissertation, as well as 2.5 hours of structured, independent writing time to help you make progress. We encourage you to attend all 3 sessions, since each session is designed to build upon and complement the previous. But if you can only attend one or two sessions, that's okay too.

Dissertation Writer's Workshop Schedule

RSVP to any (or all) of the Dissertation Writer's Workshop sessions

Week Topic Date Time
4

Understanding the Document

The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation (RSVP)

Monday, January 27 1:00pm - 5:00pm
5

Putting the Pieces Together

Telling a Story through Your Chapters (RSVP)

Monday, February 3 1:00pm - 5:00pm
6

Actually Writing It! 

Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing (RSVP)

Monday, February 10 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Grad Student Writing Retreats

Writing retreats offer graduate students dedicated time and space to develop more positive writing practices. Each retreat session is divided into focused writing time and time for workshops, discussion, and planning. We offer retreats in both 5-Week and 5-Day formats. To learn more about the retreats, visit our Writing Retreat Information Page

Note: If the retreat you want is already full, please come to the Grad Writing Room, which meets every weekday morning (Monday-Friday), 9:00-11:00am. Get free coffee, make progress on your project, and enjoy the community of other grad writers. No RSVP or commitment required, just come and work!

Weeks Retreat Days and Format Dates Time
3-7

Tuesdays, 5-Weeks

RSVP for the Tuesday Retreat

January 21 - February 18 9:00am - 1:00pm
6-10

Wednesdays, 5-Weeks

RSVP for the Wednesday Retreat

February 12 - March 11 9:00am - 1:00pm
FW

Monday-Friday, 5-Days

RSVP for the Finals Week Retreat

March 16 - March 20 9:00am - 1:00pm

*Note: the Dissertation-Focused Writing Retreat is only open to ABD graduate students working on their dissertations. Other retreats are open to any graduate student working on a long-term and/or high stakes writing project. 

Writing Room

A daily, supportive, and focused time and space for you to make progress on your writing projects. Plus, there's free coffee. No RSVP or commitment required, just come and work!

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 11:00am, Weeks 1-10.

Learn more about the Writing Room.

Discussion Groups

Writing Discussion Groups are small groups of graduate students who meet weekly, alongside a Graduate Writing Consultant facilitator, for 8 weeks. Together, they review each other's current drafts and give each other targeted, focused feedback. The aim of every discussion group is that members make progress on their drafts while gaining confidence as an academic writer/reader. 

To be eligible for a discussion group, you must be working on a current draft of an academic writing project. To learn more about the groups, please visit the Writing Discussion Groups information page

We are continuing to pilot discussion groups during Winter Quarter. We will only have two groups, both of which are intended for multilingual/EAL grad students.

The Tuesday group is intended for EAL graduate students in social science and humanities disciplines. The Thursday group is intended for EAL graduate students in STEM disciplines. 

Weeks Meeting Day, Time Dates Target Audience Facilitator
2-9

Tuesdays,

3:30-5:30pm

January 14 - March 3 EAL Grad Students in Social Sciences + Humanities Matt W.
2-9

Thursdays,

1:30-3:30pm

January 16 - March 5

EAL Grad Students in STEM

Matt W.

To sign up for a discussion group, please read the Writing Discussion Group information page and fill out the online Writing Group application form

Faculty Events + Services

Faculty Teaching Consultations

Want to chat about using writing in your courses, giving feedback on writing, and/or writing assignment design? Want to explore ways to help your graduate students write more successfully in your field?

Get individual support with writing pedagogy for undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact writinghub@ucsd.edu to schedule an appointment with our Director and/or Associate Director. 

Educator Workshops

We partner with the Engaged Teaching Hub to offer workshops on a variety of writing pedagogy topics. Each workshop aims to give you specific, actionable practices that you can implement in your courses.

See our current workshop schedule. 

Faculty Writing Consultations

Struggling with your current writing project(s)? The Writing Hub can work with you. We engage faculty in meaningful conversation about their work and ask the right questions to excavate deeper insights. 

Learn more about how we support faculty writers

Faculty Writing Retreats

We partner with the Center for Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to offer Faculty Writing Retreats throughout the year. Retreats are intensive, 3-day programs. Retreats help faculty make progress on a writing project while also developing mindful and sustainable writing practices. 

Learn more about how we support faculty writers.  

Writing Room

A daily, supportive, and focused time and space for you to make progress on your writing projects. Free coffee, no RSVP or commitment required, just come and work!

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 11:00am, Weeks 1-10.

Learn more about the Writing Room.

Don't see the program you want? Let us know at writinghub@ucsd.edu