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Writing Hub Events + Sign-Ups 

This page overviews all Writing Hub events and programs for the current academic quarter.

All events will be online/remote-access.

Questions? Contact us at writinghub@ucsd.edu

Undergraduates

Undergrad Writing Consultations

Make an appointment with one of our 35+ undergraduate writing consultants!

Undergraduate students can make up to 3 writing consultation appointments per week. Appointments are 45 minutes, either synchronous online (i.e. live chat) or asynchronous (5 minute video feedback). Consultants available 6 days per week. Same day appointments available!

Undergrad Writing Workshops

Come to one of our undergraduate writing workshops to develop your skills as an academic writer!

We also hope you'll join us for our new workshop series: "The Plug." These collaborative workshops are built in partnership between the Black Resource Center, the Writing Hub, and other units across campus. Together, The Plug workshops explore important academic opportunities and help undergraduate students get ready to apply for these opportunities. These workshops were designed in response to one of the Spring 2020 BSU demands to connect black students to important academic opportunities.  

If you have questions about The Plug series, or any of our workshops, please contact writinghub@ucsd.edu

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule will be announced soon!

Week  Day/Date Workshop Title/Topic Time
2

Wednesday, April 7

Next Steps: Tackling the Personal Statement and Statement of Purpose

(Sign Up: Personal Statements Workshop)

3:30pm-5:00pm
4

Monday, April 19

The Plug: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards

(Sign up: Fulbright Awards Workshop)

3:30pm-5:00pm
4

Tuesday, April 20

Resumes (Part 2): Crafting Your Summary

(Sign Up: Crafting Your Summary Workshop)

11:00am-12:00pm
4

Thursday, April 22

How to Paraphrase Effectively

(Sign Up: Paraphrase Effectively Workshop)

3:00pm-4:15pm
7

Wednesday, May 12

The Plug: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (for Undergrads)

(Sign Up: NSF Fellowship Workshop)

3:30pm-5:00pm
8

Thursday, May 20 

The Plug: Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars

(Sign Up: SKH Scholars Workshop)

3:30pm-5:00pm
10

Wednesday, June 2

How to Paraphrase Effectively

(Sign Up: Paraphrase Effectively Workshop)

2:00pm-3:15pm

Graduate Students

Graduate Writing Consultations

Make an appointment with one of our 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 grad student writing workshops to learn more about common writing genres and develop your skills as an academic writer. Our graduate workshops run between 2-3 hours and combine discussion, reading samples, facilitated writing/practice time, and content overview.  

Note: In Spring 2021 we will be running a special workshop series for graduate students and postdocs preparing for the academic job market. Please refer to the Academic Job Market Support block below for more information on that series. The table below lists workshops that are not associated with the academic job market workshop series.

Week  Day/Date Workshop Title/Topic Time
7

Friday, 

May 14

Writing Your Research Article

(Sign Up: Research Article Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm
8

Friday, 

May 21

Applying for Grants + Fellowships

(Sign Up: Grants + Fellowships Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm
9

Friday, 

May 28

Writing for the Public

(Sign Up: Writing for the Public Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm

Don't see the workshop you need? You will soon be able to view videos and materials for a variety of our workshop topics on the Writing Hub Canvas site for graduate students (COMING SOON). 

Note: If you are looking for a workshop on statements for the Academic Job Market, please refer to the Academic Job Market Support block below for more information on a special series we have developed for students entering the job market. 

Academic Job Market Support

Starting in Spring 2021, the Writing Hub and Engaged Teaching Hub will pilot a new workshop series and a weekly writing group for graduate students and postdocs who are preparing written materials for the academic job market. 

Workshops

During the workshop series, we will overview and demystify common genres required for academic portfolios in most disciplines, exploring common features and general best practices for writing strong materials. 

Week  Day/Date

Workshop Topics

Time
2

Friday, 

April 9

Workshop: Preparing for the Academic Job Market: General Strategies + Staying Well

View the workshop recording

1:00pm - 3:30pm
3

Friday, 

April 16

Workshop: Research Statements

Workshop recording posted soon!

1:00pm - 3:30pm
4

Friday, 

April 23

Workshop: Teaching Statements

View the workshop recording

1:00pm-3:30pm

5

Friday, 

April 30

Workshop: Diversity Statements

(Sign Up: Diversity Statements Workshop)

1:00pm-3:30pm

6

Friday,

May 7

Workshop: Academic Cover Letters 

(Sign Up: Academic Cover Letters Workshop)

1:00pm-3:30pm

10

Friday, 

June 4

Workshop: Peer Feedback Workshop for Academic Job Market Materials

(Sign Up: Peer Feedback Workshop)

1:00pm-3:30pm

Cant attend a workshop? That's okay! We will record the workshop sessions and put links to the videos on this page. 

Writing Group

The writing group is a dedicated time and virtual space for graduate students and postdocs to work on their job market materials in community with peers. The writing group sessions will provide time and space for writing the materials, gentle accountability for making steady progress, and opportunities to receive peer feedback on drafts-in-progress. 

Week  Day/Date

Writing Group Sessions

Time
4

Friday, 

April 23

Writing Group: Session 1

(Join Session 1)

1:00pm-3:30pm

5

Friday, 

April 30

Writing Group: Session 2

(Join Session 2)

1:00pm-3:30pm

6

Friday,

May 7

Writing Group: Session 3

(Join Session 3)

1:00pm-3:30pm

7

Friday, 

May 14

Writing Group: Session 4

(Join Session 4)

1:00pm-3:30pm
8

Friday, 

May 21

Writing Group: Session 5

(Join Session 5)

1:00pm-3:30pm
9

Friday, 

May 28

Writing Group: Session 6

(Join Session 6)

1:00pm-3:30pm
10

Friday, 

June 4

No session, but please consider joining the Peer Feedback Workshop for Academic Job Market Materials

(Sign Up: Peer Feedback Workshop)

1:00pm-3:30pm
Can't make the Writing Group sessions? Please consider joining us for the Virtual Writing Room, which runs every weekday morning, 9:00am-11:00am, Weeks 1-10.

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.

Workshop Sessions: 

  • Session 1 - Understanding the Document: The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation  
  • Session 2 - Putting the Pieces Together: Telling a Story through Your Chapters 
  • Session 3 - Actually Writing It! Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing 

Dissertation Writer's Workshop Session Schedule:

The Spring 2021 Dissertation Workshop schedule is still being finalized. We will update this page soon!

 Day/Date Workshop Session Time

TBD

Session 1: Understanding the Document: The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation

TBD
TBD

Session 2: Putting the Pieces Together: Telling a Story through Your Chapters

TBD
TBD

Session 3: Actually Writing It! Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing  

TBD

 

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

All writing retreat sessions will continue to happen online, via Zoom. Participants will be sent appropriate Zoom links after their RSVPs have been confirmed by the Writing Hub.

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

Grad Retreat Schedule:

Weeks Retreat Days and Format Dates Time

 3-7

5-Week (Mondays)

(RSVP for the Monday Retreat)

April 12 - May 10

9:00am - 1:00pm

6-10

5-Week (Tuesdays) 

(RSVP for the Tuesday Retreat)

May 4 - June 1

9:00am - 1:00pm

Finals

5-Day (Monday-Friday)

(RSVP for the Finals Week Retreat)

June 7 - 11

9:00am - 1:00pm

 

(Virtual) Writing Room

The (Virtual) Writing Room is a daily, supportive, and focused time and space for you to make progress on your writing projects. Bring a coffee, make progress on your project, and enjoy virtual community with other grad writers! No RSVP or commitment required, just come and work. 

The Writing Room will resume on Monday, January 4. 

To Join a (Virtual) Writing Room session, click on the appropriate day of the week below! (Note: you must be signed in to your UCSD Zoom account to access the session.)

Day Virtual Writing Room Link
Monday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/92658905884

 (excludes holiday)

Tuesday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/99341055563 

Wednesday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/93569945774 

Thursday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/99228465494 

Friday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/94562616341

 

Go to the Writing Room main page to bookmark these links.

New Grad Student Essentials Workshop Series

The Writing Hub's New Grad Student Essentials workshop series explores key topics for writing at the graduate level. These workshops aim to provide a solid foundation as you embark on your graduate career, addressing topics and questions that are specifically relevant to new graduate students. 

We run the Grad Student Essentials series during Fall Quarter. However, you will soon be able to view videos and materials for all of the workshop topics on the Writing Hub Canvas site for graduate students (COMING SOON). 

Title/Topic

Workshop Description

Writing in Grad School

This workshop explores the big picture of writing in graduate education and how to use writing for learning in your discipline.

Reading in Grad School

This workshop discusses what “the literature” actually is and offers strategies for reading strategically at the graduate level.

 Framing Your Research

This workshop overviews “rhetorical moves” you can use to make your research relevant and timely to your discipline.

Writing in Your Own Voice

Learn strategies for cultivating your academic perspective and explore the turns-of-phrase that make writing interesting to read and authentic to write.

 Achieving Style and Clarity

This workshop reviews positive principles and strategies for achieving style and clarity in academic writing, regardless of discipline.

Getting Advisor Feedback

Your advisor will be a crucial source of feedback on your writing. Learn how to ask the right questions of your advisor to generate actionable feedback and how to integrate feedback into your writing/revising process.

 

Faculty + Educators

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. 

Department Consultations

We can work with your department or program to support writing-focused curriculum redesign, written communication learning outcomes evaluation, skill-building programs for graduate students, and strategic initiatives that promote writing and/or enhance support for student writers.

Contact writinghub@ucsd.edu to schedule a meeting 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. 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