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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 sychonrous 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!

Winter 2021 Workshop Schedule

Week  Day/Date Workshop Title/Topic Time
2 Thursday, January 14

Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose: What’s the Difference and How to Write an Effective One

(Sign Up: Personal Statements Workshop

3:00-4:15pm
2 Friday, January 15

MCWP: Identifying Elements of Argument

(Sign Up: Elements of Argument Workshop)

3:00-4:15pm
3 Tuesday, January 19

US-Style Resumes and Cover Letters: How to Write Them and How They Can Complement Each Other

(Sign Up: Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop)

3:00-4:15pm
4 Thursday, January 28

How to Paraphrase Effectively

(Sign Up: Paraphrase Workshop)

3:00-4:15pm
5 Wednesday, February 3

HUM: Summary vs. Analysis

(Sign Up: Summary/Analysis Workshop)

12:00-1:15pm

The Plug: Academic Opportunities Series

The Plug is a new series of collaborative workshops 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 prime undergraduate students to apply for these opportunites. 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, please contact writinghub@ucsd.edu

Week  Day/Date Workshop Title/Topic Time
3 Friday, January 22

UC Scholars / Genentech Scholars / Undergraduate Research Scholarships

(Sign Up: UC, Genentech, URS Workshop

2:00-3:30pm
4 Wednesday, January 27

Undergraduate Research Scholarships

(Sign Up: URS Workshop)

3:30-5:00pm
6 Tuesday, February 9

Colors of the Brain-KIBM Scholars Program

(Sign Up: CoB-KIBM Scholars Program)

4:00-5:15pm

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. 

Resources for New Grad Students

The Writing Hub's 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 matierlas for all of the workshop topics on the Writing Hub Canvas site for graduate students (COMING SOON). 

Workshop Title

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.

 

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.  

Week  Day/Date Workshop Title/Topic Time
3 Friday,  January 22

Lit Reviews 101

(Sign Up: Lit Reviews Workshop

10:00am- 12:30pm
4 Friday,  January 29

Engineering Research Articles 101

(Sign Up: Engineering Articles Workshop

10:00am- 12:30pm
5 Friday,  February 5

Connecting with Non-Expert Audiences

(Sign Up: Non-Expert Audiences Workshop

10:00am- 12:30pm
6 Friday,  February 12

Writing for the Public

(Sign Up: Writing for the Public Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm
7

Friday,  February 19

Telling a Research Story

(Sign Up: Telling a Research Story Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm
8 Friday,  February 26

Resumes for PhD Students

(Sign Up: Resumes Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm
9

Friday,  March 5

Engaging Cover Letters

(Sign Up: Cover Letters Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm
10 Friday,  March 12

Wreck Your Draft!

 (Sign Up: Wreck Your Draft Workshop)

10:00am- 12:30pm

Don't see the workshop you need? You will soon be able to view videos and materials for a varitety 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 (i.e. teaching statments or diversity statements), we have developed these workshops into asynchronous online materials. Please visit our asynchronous web resources page to view the materials. 

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 (offered February 2 and February 22) 
  • Session 2 - Putting the Pieces Together: Telling a Story through Your Chapters (offered February 4 and February 24)
  • Session 3 - Actually Writing It! Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing (offered February 9 and February 26)

Dissertation Writer's Workshop Session Schedule:

Note: We will offer the sessions in both a T/Th schedule and a M/W/F schedule. You can sign up for all 3 sessions at one time, or mix-and-match the session dates. 

 Day/Date Workshop Session Time
Tuesday/Thursday Schedule

Tuesday, February 2

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

(Sign up for Session 1, T/Th Schedule)

10:00am-2:00pm
Thursday, February 4

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

(Sign up for Session 2, T/Th Schedule)

10:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday, February 9

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

(Sign up for Session 3, T/Th Schedule)

10:00am-2:00pm
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Schedule
Monday, February 22

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

(Sign up for Session 1, M/W/F Schedule)

12:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, February 24

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

(Sign up for Session 2, M/W/F Schedule)

12:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, February 26

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

(Sign up for Session 3, M/W/F Schedule) 

12:00pm-4:00pm

All sessions of the Dissertation Writers Workshop will continue to take place via Zoom. Participants will be sent appropriate Zoom links after they submit their RSVP forms. 

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 (Wednesdays)

(RSVP for the Wednesday Retreat)

January 20 -

February 17

1:00pm - 5:00pm

6-10

5-Week (Thurdays) 

(RSVP for the Thursday Retreat)

February 11 -

March 11

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Finals

5-Day (Monday-Friday)

(RSVP for the Finals Week Retreat)

March 15-19

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/92666001231

 (excludes holidays)

Tuesday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/95035887226 

Wednesday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/93459135794 

Thursday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/95121836775 

Friday

 https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/94180820583

 

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

GradSLAM Support

The Writing Hub puts on annual events and consultation sessions in support of the campus GradSLAM competition. We see GradSLAM as an important opportunity for graduate students to cultivate their scholarly perspectives, practice articulating their ideas clearly and persuasively, and discover important aspects about their work that can inform and even inspire ongoing writing projects. 

GradSLAM participants are welcome to make one-on-one appointments with Graduate Writing Consultants to work on the writing-adjacent aspects of their talk, such as:

  • Making a highly-technical concept easy to understand
  • Logical organization ("flow")
  • Transition language that helps the audience follow along
  • Stance-taking language that helps you signal your position on a topic

Grad Consultants are not equipped to give feedback on powerpoint slide design or verbal presentation skills. For support with this aspect of the program, GradSLAM participants should take advantage of one-on-one presentation coaching from the Center for Student Involvement. 

GradSLAM 2021 Events and Resources

Group Brainstorming Sessions: Led by a Grad Writing Consultant, these drop-in sessions will discuss GradSLAM as a genre for research communication, analyze example talks from prior years, and explore how you might talk about your own research in this forum. No RSVP required, drop in when you can, for as long as you can!

Workshops: We are hosting 2 workshops that will be generally useful for anyone interested in writing for non-expert and lay-person audiences, and will be particularly useful for GradSLAM participants. 

  • Connecting with Non-Expert Audiences: Friday, February 5th, 10am-12:30pm (Sign Up)

  • Writing for the Public: Friday, February 12th, 10am-12:30pm (Sign Up)

Other Resources: To view informational webinars, access one-on-one presentation coaching from the Center for Student Involvement, view resources from other campusus, and/or ask questions about GradSLAM, please visit the "Prep Resources" page on the GradSLAM website

 

 

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