Writing and Research Workshops

Spring 2020

All Spring 2020 workshops will be conducted remotely.

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, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Career Center.


General Workshops

Time Management for Writing
Marilyn Gray, Director, Graduate Writing Center
In this workshop, we will discuss effective strategies for goal setting and time management as they relate to research and writing projects, especially the writing component. We will also address some approaches to working effectively from home.
Tuesday, April 14th, 5:00-6:30 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475005

UCLA IRB Review: Policy and Procedures
Moore Rhys, UCLA Office of the Human Research Protections Program (OHRPP)
This workshop will provide an overview of the UCLA IRB application process and related policies and procedures.
Thursday, April 16th, 3:00-4:00 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475091

Mindful Writing Hour
Marilyn Gray, Director, Graduate Writing Center
Come learn mindfulness techniques to support your writing process. We will start with a short overview of the topic and then transition into an hour of writing that scaffolds the writing process with mindfulness. We hope the experience will foster a more balanced relationship with the writing process. 
Friday, May 8th, 10:30-11:45 AM
Friday, May 15th, 10:30-11:45 AM
Friday, May 22nd, 10:30-11:45 AM
Friday, May 29th, 10:30-11:45 AM
These sessions will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP at the following link to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/491151

Mindfulness and Writing
Marilyn Gray, Director, Graduate Writing Center
In this workshop, we will discuss basic concepts and tools of mindfulness and how they may be used to support the writing process.
Tuesday, May 12th, 5:00-6:00 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475101

Public Speaking in Academia
Rob Ulrich, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, Writing Consultant
This workshop introduces the genres of public speaking in academia, ranging from teaching lectures to conference papers to job talks. The workshop includes suggested strategies as well as hands-on practice.
Thursday, May 14th, 5:00-6:30 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475109

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 21st, 5:00-6:50 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475133

Mindfulness in Support of Writing
Marilyn Gray, Director, Graduate Writing Center
In this workshop, we will discuss basic concepts and tools of mindfulness and how they may be used to support the writing process.
Friday, June 5th, 10:30-11:45 AM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/506116


Social Sciences Writing Workshops

Strategies for Writing the Social Sciences Dissertation Proposal
Adrienne Lynett, Graduate Writing Center Program Manager
This workshop will give an overview of the main components of a dissertation proposal in the social sciences and cover strategies for writing the research questions, literature review, and methods sections, as well as some tips for getting through this sometimes daunting process. (These strategies should be adapted to your department's and advisor's expectations about the structure and content of your proposal.) If you have preliminary drafts of an abstract or research questions, please bring them.
Tuesday, April 28th, 5:00-6:50 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475164


Science and Engineering Writing Workshops

Applying for the NIH Training Fellowship
Karen Cheng, NIH NRSA Recipient, Writing Consultant
This workshop will cover the application process and required components of an NIH NRSA application. We will discuss preparation, documents required, and writing strategies for the F31, but the F30 and F32 are very similar. We will also address how to find appropriate materials/resources for a complete application.
Wednesday, May 6th, 3:00-4:30 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475168


ESL Workshops

Self-Editing Strategies for Non-Native Speakers of English
Adrienne Lynett, Graduate Writing Center Program Manager
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.
Tuesday, April 21st, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475170

Email Etiquette for the Job-Seeker
Adrienne Lynett, Graduate Writing Center Program Manager
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, May 7th, 5:00-6:30 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475173


Grants/Fellowships Workshops

Applying for the NIH Training Fellowship
Karen Cheng, NIH NRSA Recipient, Writing Consultant
This workshop will cover the application process and required components of an NIH NRSA application. We will discuss preparation, documents required, and writing strategies for the F31, but the F30 and F32 are very similar. We will also address how to find appropriate materials/resources for a complete application.
Wednesday, May 6th, 3:00-4:30 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475168

Writing the Fulbright U.S. Fellowship Application
Jay Johnson, Fulbright Recipient, Writing Consultant
Shannon Yu, 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.
Tuesday, May 19th, 5:00-6:40 PM
This workshop will be conducted remotely via Zoom. RSVP on Handshake to receive an invitation: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/475182


Statistical Software Workshops and Consultation

Current and former workshops may be found here.

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.


Research Workshops at the Library 

To see the most complete, current schedule of UCLA Library advanced research 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.