Writing and Research Workshops

Spring 2017

The Graduate Writing Center offers a wide variety of writing workshops, ranging from general to more specialized topics, such as academic genres, writing in certain disciplinary areas, or writing English as a Second Language. We also provide information on workshops and services from selected campus offices that provide assistance with research, data management, and data analysis. Special thanks to our campus programming partners: the UCLA Library, Writing Programs, Graduate Division, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Career Center.


General Workshops

Email Etiquette for the Job-Seeker
Alexandra Verini, English
As a graduate student, you will write many emails in the service of finding a job--emails that request informational interviews, set up interviews, and follow up on interviews. This workshop will break down the language necessary to make polite requests and arrangements over email. It will also cover basic email etiquette and include opportunities to edit real example emails written by graduate students.
Thursday, April 13th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Expanding Your Audience: How to Publish Outside Academia
Eric Newman, English
Alexandra Verini, English

Where can your writing and research interests go beyond a field-specific journal article or academic conference presentation? Writing for non-academic publications offers graduate students the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and develop a broader audience for their work. This workshop will help orient students within the world of non-academic writing, providing guidance on where to publish, how to translate complex ideas for a general audience and strategies for writing a pitch letter to a non-academic publication.
Thursday, April 27th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Introduction to Grant Writing in the Nonprofit Sector
Will Clark, English, Former Nonprofit Grant Writer for foundation and state of California grants
The grant writing workshop will cover best practices and strategies for securing funds in the nonprofit sector. Topics of discussion will include methods by which to determine funding opportunities, strategies for building long-term relationships with funders, practices for reporting on successes and opportunities during a funding period, budgeting, and more. The goals of this workshop are to introduce graduate students to the nonprofit funding environment  and to translate skills learned in graduate school into non-academic contexts.
Thursday, May 9th, 5:10-6:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Writing the Fulbright U.S. Fellowship Application
Jay Johnson, Fulbright Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Trisha Mazumder, Graduate Division Fellowship Services
This workshop will cover strategies for writing the Fulbright U.S. fellowship application. We will discuss the structure and content of key documents using examples. We will address writing tips for fellowship applications as well as specific advice for this Fulbright fellowship.
Thursday, May 11th, 4:00-5:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Getting Started on the Dissertation: How to Get Going and Keep Going
Marilyn Gray, Graduate Writing Center Director
This workshop gives an overview of organization, time management, writing process issues and writing strategies. Recommended for people in the early stages of the dissertation, but useful for all stages.
Thursday, May 25th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Workshops on Writing Grants and Fellowships

Introduction to Grant Writing in the Nonprofit Sector
Will Clark, English, Former Nonprofit Grant Writer for foundation and state of California grants
The grant writing workshop will cover best practices and strategies for securing funds in the nonprofit sector. Topics of discussion will include methods by which to determine funding opportunities, strategies for building long-term relationships with funders, practices for reporting on successes and opportunities during a funding period, budgeting, and more. The goals of this workshop are to introduce graduate students to the nonprofit funding environment  and to translate skills learned in graduate school into non-academic contexts.
Tuesday, May 9th, 5:10-6:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Writing the Fulbright U.S. Fellowship Application
Jay Johnson, Fulbright Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Trisha Mazumder, Graduate Division Fellowship Services
This workshop will cover strategies for writing the Fulbright U.S. fellowship application. We will discuss the structure and content of key documents using examples. We will address writing tips for fellowship applications as well as specific advice for this Fulbright fellowship.
Thursday, May 11th, 4:00-5:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Applying for the NIH Training Fellowship
Diane Goldenberg, NIH Fellowship Recipient, Graduate Writing Center, Consultant

Alexander Sun, NIH Fellowship Recipient, Graduate Writing Center, Consultant
This workshop will cover the basics of an NIH NRSA application including the application process and components. We will discuss preparation, documents needed, and writing strategies. The workshop will mainly focus on NIH Grant F31. The workshop will also focus on how to find appropriate materials/resources for a complete application.
Friday, June 9th, 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Humanities Writing Workshops

Expanding Your Audience: How to Publish Outside Academia
Eric Newman, English
Alexandra Verini, English

Where can your writing and research interests go beyond a field-specific journal article or academic conference presentation? Writing for non-academic publications offers graduate students the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and develop a broader audience for their work. This workshop will help orient students within the world of non-academic writing, providing guidance on where to publish, how to translate complex ideas for a general audience and strategies for writing a pitch letter to a non-academic publication.
Thursday, April 27th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Writing the Fulbright U.S. Fellowship Application
Jay Johnson, Fulbright Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Trisha Mazumder, Graduate Division Fellowship Services
This workshop will cover strategies for writing the Fulbright U.S. fellowship application. We will discuss the structure and content of key documents using examples. We will address writing tips for fellowship applications as well as specific advice for this Fulbright fellowship.
Thursday, May 11th, 4:00-5:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Social Sciences Writing Workshops

Writing the Fulbright U.S. Fellowship Application
Jay Johnson, Fulbright Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Trisha Mazumder, Graduate Division Fellowship Services
This workshop will cover strategies for writing the Fulbright U.S. fellowship application. We will discuss the structure and content of key documents using examples. We will address writing tips for fellowship applications as well as specific advice for this Fulbright fellowship.
Thursday, May 11th, 4:00-5:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

An Introduction to Publishing Journal Articles (Sciences and Social Sciences)
Jenna Cummings, Psychology
Christina Schonberg, Psychology

Thinking about preparing an article manuscript for submission? Based on Wendy Belcher's workbook, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks, this workshop will focus on the aspects of the process of getting an article published that most differ from other graduate writing projects, such as selecting appropriate journals and interacting with editors. We will also discuss strategies for revising articles for a target journal.
Thursday, May 18th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Science and Engineering Writing Workshops

An Introduction to Publishing Journal Articles (Sciences and Social Sciences)
Jenna Cummings, Psychology
Christina Schonberg, Psychology
Thinking about preparing an article manuscript for submission? Based on Wendy Belcher's workbook, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks, this workshop will focus on the aspects of the process of getting an article published that most differ from other graduate writing projects, such as selecting appropriate journals and interacting with editors. We will also discuss strategies for revising articles for a target journal.
Thursday, May 18th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Applying for the NIH Training Fellowship
Diane Goldenberg, NIH Fellowship Recipient, Graduate Writing Center, Consultant

Alexander Sun, NIH Fellowship Recipient, Graduate Writing Center, Consultant
This workshop will cover the basics of an NIH NRSA application including the application process and components. We will discuss preparation, documents needed, and writing strategies. The workshop will mainly focus on NIH Grant F31. The workshop will also focus on how to find appropriate materials/resources for a complete application.
Friday, June 9th, 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


ESL Workshops

Email Etiquette for the Job-Seeker
Alexandra Verini, English
As a graduate student, you will write many emails in the service of finding a job--emails that request informational interviews, set up interviews, and follow up on interviews. This workshop will break down the language necessary to make polite requests and arrangements over email. It will also cover basic email etiquette and include opportunities to edit real example emails written by graduate students.
Thursday, April 13th, 5:10-6:50 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Self-Editing Strategies for Non-Native Speakers of English
Alexandra Verini, English
This workshop will provide concrete strategies and online tools to enable non-native speakers of English to make appropriate vocabulary choices and approach issues like article and preposition usage in their own writing projects.
Friday, April 21st, 12:00-1:45 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Statistical Software Workshops and Consultation

Current and former workshops: http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/seminars/default.htm

For walk-in consulting information, Stat books for loan, and the most up-to-date listing of seminars, please see the Statistical Consulting Services web page of the Institute for Digital Research and Education. The Statistical Consulting Services also keep an extensive archive of past workshops, which may be found here.


Research Workshops

To see the most complete, current schedule of UCLA Library workshops, consult the UCLA Library research workshop page.

Click the link below for more information about the research and teaching support offered by the UCLA Library: http://www.library.ucla.edu/support

Research Guides
Online research guides link to key resources and reference books for certain courses and disciplines. Subject guides, course guides, and general research guides are available.

Research Appointments
Graduate students are encouraged to contact the Library's subject specialists for more specialized and personalized assistance with research, library resources, and subject databases; find a complete list of all subject specialists here.

Copyright Questions
Contact the Library's copyright experts for assistance with copyright, publishing, intellectual property, and other related issues at copyright@library.ucla.edu.