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FOR STUDENTS IN SDCC 1/4
Basic Writing Workshop Series: (I) Summarizing a Reading Passage; (II) Presenting Your Position; (III) Using Examples for Support; (IV) Preparing for the Exit Exam – We’ll discuss strategies for analyzing readings, forming strong thesis statements, developing clear organizational structures, incorporating effective evidence, and preparing for timed writing exercises. Students may choose to attend one, two, three, or all four of the workshops in this series.

FOR STUDENTS IN DIMENSIONS OF CULTURE
Analyzing a Text (DOC 1) – We’ll offer strategies for critical reading and reflection, and for moving beyond summary into analysis.
Applying a Concept (DOC 1) – In this session, we’ll focus on examining texts using key concepts presented in DOC 1.
Analysis and Synthesis (DOC 1) – We’ll discuss the process of synthesizing multiple texts in support of a coherent response.

FOR STUDENTS IN MUIR WRITING
The Toulmin Model of Argumentation (MCWP 40/50/125) – We’ll reinforce your understanding of the argumentation vocabulary (claim, grounds, warrants) used in Muir Writing.
Analyzing Academic Arguments Using the Toulmin Model (MCWP 40) – This session will discuss using the Toulmin model to examine and evaluate an academic article.
Writing a Synthesis Paper (MCWP 40) – We’ll focus on developing and supporting a claim that synthesizes two sources, and we’ll discuss how to move beyond a standard comparison/contrast approach.
Preparing 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 Paper Proposal (MCWP 50/125) – We’ll explore the expectations for a proposal and present strategies for effective development.
Writing a Research Paper (MCWP 50/125) – We’ll review the essential components of a clear and coherent research paper, and we’ll discuss organizational options.

FOR STUDENTS IN MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
Reading and Summarizing Academic Arguments (MMW 121) – How can you distill the essence of an argument and convey your understanding clearly? We’ll offer reading and writing strategies to help with this fundamental process.
Writing an Analytical Essay (MMW 121) – We’ll help you make sure you’ve moved beyond summary; we’ll discuss how you can use a careful assessment of another person’s position as a means towards promoting your own; and we’ll review strategies for thoughtful development and organization.
Formulating a Research Question (MMW 14) – We’ll address the challenging 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 14) – We’ll review the expectations for a prospectus and present strategies for effective organization and development.

FOR STUDENTS IN WARREN WRITING
Evaluating an Argument (WCWP 10A) – We’ll review techniques for analyzing and assessing the effectiveness of academic arguments, and for presenting your evaluation in a clear and coherent essay.

FOR STUDENTS IN URBAN STUDIES & PLANNING
Writing a Plan Analysis (USP124) – We’ll focus on what it means to actually evaluate a plan, and on how to shape and structure the various components of your critique and evaluation to form a unified essay.

FOR ALL STUDENTS
Incorporating Sources: Evidence and Attribution – This workshop will address appropriate use of source materials and will provide strategies for effectively introducing, presenting, and attributing evidence.
Writing a Personal Statement for Graduate School – This workshop is meant for applicants to academic master’s and doctoral programs. We ‘ll introduce general guidelines for effective application essays, explore the basic elements that should be included, and discuss how to tailor your essay to a particular institution.
Writing a Personal Statement for a Research Scholarship and Writing a Research Proposal for a Research Scholarship – These workshops are geared towards students applying for UCSD undergraduate research funding. We’ll focus on meeting the specific requirements of the application essays.
Résumés and CVs– We’ll explain the difference between job-oriented résumés and academic CV’s, and offer guidance on preparing each.

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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
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