Write with Confidence Program

Event Date: 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Transfer Student Center

Write with Confidence Program

1.      January 18, 2017

2.      January 25, 2017

3.      February 8, 2017

4.      March 1, 2017

5.      March 8, 2017

Does the thought of having to write an academic paper make you shudder? Fear not! The interdisciplinary Write with Confidence workshop series can help you tackle your fears about writing and help you become a more confident writer! By participating in this program, transfer students will gain an in-depth understanding of the academic writing process from start to finish (and revisions)! You will also be introduced to resources across campus that can support you in the writing process. The program consists of 5 workshops (50-minute sessions) spread throughout the academic quarter, corresponding with a general time frame of how/when to write your final papers. All workshops are taught by experienced faculty members in the UCSB Writing Program. Students who participate in all 5 workshops will receive a certificate for successfully completing the Write with Confidence program. Facilitated by Professor Nicole Warwick of the UCSB Writing Program.

*Space is limited to 15 students. Please apply here. Deadline is January 13, 2017.

Workshop 1: The Academic Writing Process: Why do we fear it? And how do I begin?

In this first workshop, transfer students will access prior knowledge about writing and learn about transferring it to new academic contexts. We will reflect on and discuss how we each approach writing, and our faculty will instruct you on new approaches to help you begin your academic writing process.

Date: Week 2, Wednesday, January 18, 5:30-6:30pm

Workshop 2: Strategies for Successful Reading: Learning to Identify and Apply Main Ideas and Concepts in Writing

Transfer students in this workshop will work on sharpening reading and applying readings to writing or other analyses in their own discipline. Attendees should bring an article or other reading that they are currently working with.

Date: Week 3, Wednesday, January 25, 5:30-6:30pm

Workshop 3: Constructing an Academic Paper: What do I need to know?

This workshop will focus on working with drafts of writing. We will discuss developing a central focus (thesis or research question), generating content through analysis, finding supporting evidence, and creating an effective structure for the draft. 

Date: Week 5, Wednesday, February 8, 5:30-6:30pm

Workshop 4: Revision: How do I take my writing to a deeper level?

Revising writing is sometimes conflated with editing, bur revision deals with big, global changes whereas editing deals with local, sentence-level changes. This workshop will focus on how to rethink and deepen a piece of writing by focusing on its strengths and considering new lines of inquiry.

Date: Week 8, Wednesday, March 1, 5:30-6:30pm

Workshop 5: Am I Ready to Submit this Paper?: The Editing Process

This workshop will focus on strategies to help transfer students work on their writing at the sentence level and will address issues of writing style and formatting as well as what we have to gain by considering our writing at the sentence level.

Date: Week 9, Wednesday, March 8, 5:30-6:30pm