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Workshop Descriptions

FOR STUDENTS IN SDCC 1/4
Preparing for the Basic Writing Exit Exam (SDCC 1/4) – We’ll discuss last-minute strategies for analyzing a reading passage, composing a response, and pacing yourself under time pressure.

FOR STUDENTS IN CULTURE, ART, AND TECHNOLOGY
Thesis and Argument (CAT 3) – In this workshop we’ll provide guidelines for formulating an effective thesis, and for using that thesis to construct a coherent and convincing argument.

FOR STUDENTS IN DIMENSIONS OF CULTURE
Writing About Cultural Texts I and Writing About Cultural Texts II (DOC 3) – We’ll offer strategies for moving beyond summary into analysis, and for examining cultural texts using key concepts presented in the DOC sequence. 

FOR STUDENTS IN MUIR WRITING
The Toulmin Model of Argumentation (MCWP 40/50/125) – This workshop will reinforce your understanding of argumentation vocabulary (claim, grounds, warrants) used in Muir Writing.
Writing an Annotated Bibliography (MCWP 50/125) – We’ll discuss what should be included in an annotated bibliography, and we’ll offer suggestions for doing more than summarizing source content.
Writing a Research Proposal (MCWP 50/125) – We’ll review the expectations for a proposal and present strategies for effective organization and development.
 
FOR STUDENTS IN MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
Selecting a Research Topic (MMW 13) – We’ll address the challenge of developing a focused research topic, and we’ll discuss how to use a research question to set a clear direction for the essay as a whole.
Writing a Prospectus (MMW 13) – We’ll review the expectations for a prospectus and present strategies for effective organization and development.
Incorporating Sources: Paraphrase, Quotations, and Attribution (MMW 13/15) – This workshop will address appropriate use of source materials and will provide strategies for effectively introducing, presenting, and attributing evidence.

FOR STUDENTS IN WARREN WRITING
Argumentation in Warren Writing (WCWP 10B) – This workshop will reinforce your understanding of the approach to argumentation used in the Warren College Writing Program.
Building an Argument (WCWP 10A) – We’ll explore how you can use a well-crafted claim to develop a convincing and well-organized argument. 

OTHER WORKSHOPS
Writing a Personal Statement for Medical School and the Health Professions – We’ll provide tips for writing effective application essays and discuss what should – and should not – be included.
Preparing an Undergraduate CV – We’ll explain the difference between job-oriented résumés and academic CV’s, and offer guidance on CV preparation.
Academic Communication: Email and Professional Etiquette – This session will provide pointers on emailing faculty and other instances of professional communication in a university setting.
Writing a Research Paper – We’ll review the essential components of a clear and coherent research paper, (particularly geared towards students in the Faculty Mentor and McNair Programs).
Writing a Professional Memo – We’ll discuss strategies for crafting a research-based memo that is coherent and convincing (for students in USP 100).

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The Writing Center

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., # 0301
La Jolla, CA 92093-0301

Writing Center Office:
127 Mandeville

Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-4911
writingcenter@ucsd.edu

Writing Center Director:
Madeleine Picciotto

Office: 124 Mandeville
Office Hours: Tu 2-4
Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-1384
mpicciotto@ucsd.edu

Hours

Monday-Thursday
Appointments 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Drop-ins 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Friday
Appointments 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Drop-ins 1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Sunday
Drop-ins 5:00 pm-8:00 pm