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Workshop Descriptions


FOR STUDENTS IN SDCC 1/4

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

FOR STUDENTS IN DIMENSIONS OF CULTURE

Analyzing Evidence (DOC 2) - We’ll offer strategies for selecting appropriate evidence and for moving beyond summary into analysis.

FOR STUDENTS IN HUMANITIES

Thesis and Argument (HUM 1) – We’ll provide guidelines for formulating an effective thesis, and for using that thesis to construct a coherent and convincing argument.

FOR STUDENTS IN MUIR WRITING

Analyzing Academic Arguments (MCWP 40) – We’ll discuss effective approaches for examining and evaluating 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 and Proposal (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. We’ll also review the expectations for a research paper proposal and present strategies for effective organization and 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

Formulating a Research Question (MMW 14/122) – 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.

Formulating an Analytical Question (MMW 12) – We’ll discuss formulating an appropriate question to govern your analysis of a primary text.

Reading and Summarizing Academic Arguments (MMW 12) – We’ll offer reading and writing strategies to help you distill the essence of an argument and convey your understanding clearly.

Writing a Prospectus (MMW 14/122) – 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 THE FACULTY MENTOR AND McNAIR PROGRAMS

Writing a Research Proposal: Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences – We’ll discuss how to how to develop and structure a research proposal that is clear, coherent, and convincing.

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.

Writing a Research Scholarship Application – This workshop is geared towards students applying for UCSD undergraduate summer research funding. We’ll focus on meeting the specific requirements of the application essays.

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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-5:30 pm
Drop-in Zone 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Friday:
Appointments 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Sunday:
Appointments 5:00 pm-8:00 pm