Writing Consultation Appointments
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The following hours generally have an in-person option this quarter:
About the Graduate Writing Consultants--Read First
All writing consultants have been trained to help graduate students with general writing issues in any field, but it can be helpful to work with someone in a field more similar to your own. We encourage you to review the consultant bios before making an appointment.
Foreign languages: a few of our writing consultants feel comfortable reading work in other languages. See bios for more information.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Style/Flow, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing
Bio: Abraham is a Ph.D. candidate in English and is interested in comparative work between 20th century U.S. multi-ethnic literature and Latin American literature. He has two years experience working in the Graduate Writing Center. He can speak, read, and write in academic Spanish fluently and has done work in oral and written translation. He has conducted interviews for oral history projects archived in the UCLA Library. He has taught creative writing classes with a focus on revision strategies. He has written letters of recommendation for students applying to graduate school, internships, jobs, and scholarships. His favorite punctuation mark is one not typically used in academic writing but overused in the comic book genre: the excellent exclamation mark!
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Fellowships/Grants, STEM, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Statistics, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Adriana is a Developmental Psychology PhD candidate studying the impact of early life adversity on neurodevelopment. Over the course of her graduate career, she has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an NICHD Brain and Behavioral Development during Adolescence (BBDA) T32 Doctoral Training Fellowship, a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, a UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship fellowship, and a UCLA Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award. She also received an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Prior to enrolling at UCLA, Adriana graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Neurobiology (Mind, Brain and Behavior) and a minor in Computer Science. Despite her reliance on parentheses (they can be so helpful!), her favorite punctuation mark is the comma.
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Writing Specialities: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Fellowships/Grants, Lab Reports, Quantitative Methods, STEM, Style/Flow, Writing Process
Bio: Aidan is a PhD student studying evolutionary developmental biology. His research focuses on the rules that govern how variation develops in animals. Aidan earned a BSc in Biology from McGill University, where he studied developmental biology and paleontology. As a graduate student, he has received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). Aidan’s ~favorite~ punctuation mark is the tilde, for its ability to add ~special emphasis~ with its squiggly arms.
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties:English Language Learners, Academic Writing, Application Documents, Humanities & Arts, Cultural Studies, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Amelia is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. Her research interests include Memory Studies, Turkish literature and culture, Latin American literature and culture, and interdisciplinary approaches to literary study. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she studied critical theory and Turkish and Arabic literatures (in translation!). Before attending UCLA, Amelia worked as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor for university students and adult learners in Japan, Turkey, and Colorado. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash, because it can get her out of punctuation pickles and because it adds a little extra drama to her writing.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Writing Process, Style/Flow
Bio: Andrew is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. He studies social and political responses to climate change, with a current focus on adaptation to sea level rise in coastal areas. Andrew has an MSc in political sociology from the London School of Economics and a BA from McGill University. His professional background includes teaching English in Iksan, South Korea and providing one-on-one tutoring in English Composition. Before attending UCLA, Andrew worked in arts education, where he produced and edited a professional publication. He is the recipient of a Graduate Research Mentorship Award. His favorite punctuation mark—even though his many asides might indicate otherwise—is the period.
Department: Urban Schooling
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Report Writing, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision Strategies
Bio: Brande is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Schooling. She is primarily interested in social stratification in schools, disability, and anti-blackness in special education policy. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Brande then spent time traveling across the United States before settling back in her hometown in Southern California. She pursued an M.A. and Ed.S. degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology and worked in Long Beach Unified School District as a School Psychologist. There, she learned about psychoeducational report writing, academic writing, and professional writing. She is a recent recipient of the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship award. Her personal interests include meditation, road trippin’, and rock climbing. Her favorite punctuation mark is the period. Period.
Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Quantitative Methods, Lab Reports
Bio: Dominique is a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences researching radiation belt dynamics. She uses a machine learning approach to establish a relationship between high and low orbit electron flux data to better predict space weather. Dominique earned her BS from UCLA in astrophysics and conducted undergraduate research in the EPSS department. Her work in undergrad was focused on planetary sedimentology, specifically dune formation on Mars. Before starting graduate school, Dominique worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Atmospheric Physics and Weather Group. Beyond research, Dominique enjoys crocheting blankets, hanging out with her 6 lb poodle, and cooking. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma, especially the oxford comma!
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Non-Academic Writing, Legal Writing, Professional Writing, Application Documents, Critical Race Theory, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Humanities & Arts, Oral Presentations, Article Manuscript, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing, Master’s Thesis, English Language Learners
Bio: Drew is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature. His research focuses on philosophy, critical theory, literary & film theory, and digital media studies. He received his BA in Philosophy and English from UCLA in 2009 before going on to obtain his MA in Humanities (with an emphasis in Continental Philosophy) from the University of Chicago in 2011. Before returning to UCLA, he acquired his JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he worked as a tutor and a Senior Supervising Editor for UC Hasting’s Constitutional Law Quarterly. He currently serves on the editorial board for Press Start, an academic journal of video games studies. His favorite punctuation mark is the § (‘section sign’) because of the §ylistic §ophistication it lends to the organization of one’s writing."
Department: Gender Studies
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Writing Process, Humanities, Qualitative Methods, Style/Flow, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Black Studies.
Pronouns: they/them, she/her
Bio: Ebony is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Gender Studies. Their research areas broadly include black feminisms, black studies, fat studies, disability studies, and visual culture. They received their BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon in 2012 before obtaining their MA in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University in 2018. At UCLA, Ebony is a recipient of the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship Program, is a Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellow and a member of the Black Feminism Initiative here at UCLA. Outside of graduate school, Ebony enjoys experimenting with art and fashion. Her favorite punctuation mark is the colon.
Writing Specialties: Social Sciences, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Academic Writing, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision Strategies, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Creative Writing.
Bio: Harmeet (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year mixed methods scholar in the Higher Education and Organizational Change Ph.D. program. She is a first-generation community college transfer student who earned a BA in Sociology from UC Merced and an MA in Education from UCLA. She has mentored students and reviewed their professional and academic documents (which ranged from resumes, CVs, graduate school, scholarship, fellowship, and job applications). She also has experience supporting students when they are planning, preparing, and perfecting their oral presentations (including research presentations, professional interviews, and conferences). Harmeet is researching the resilience of Punjabi Women’s educational trajectories during three moments of historical oppression through qualitative and historical methods and the use of asset-based critical theories. Outside of research, Harmeet loves music, creative writing, traveling outside of the U.S., and exploring local LA events and activities. Her favorite punctuation mark is “?” because it allows her to learn more about someone’s personality, perspectives, and narratives.
Department: World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Writing Specialties:Humanities & Arts, Academic Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Non-academic Writing, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Application Documents, Oral presentations, Revision Strategies
Bio: Jackie is a Ph.D. candidate in the World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Her research focuses on avant-garde German/Jewish modern dancer Valeska Gert (1892-1978), her performance spaces both in Germany and the United States, and the forms of sociality (and non-sociality) that she cultivated through her artistic practices. Overall, Jackie’s research evaluates dance and the production of subversive body politics. Jackie has received extramural awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Leo Baeck Institute, and the University for Music and Dance Cologne. She was also awarded intramural fellowships from UCLA's Graduate Division (GSRM and Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award), the Center for the Study of Women, the Center for European and Russian Studies, Leve Center, and Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Jackie had a previous life as an experimental filmmaker and visual artist. Her work has been screened internationally and she has published a number of artist books. Jackie holds B.A. degrees in Dance and History as well as an M.A. in Culture and Performance. Her favorite punctuation mark is the period because she values momentary completion.
Department: Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Writing Specialties: Fellowships/Grants, Creative Writing, Revision Strategies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Humanities & Arts, Professional Writing, Style/Flow
Bio: Janel is a poet, educator, and scholar of U.S. Central American Literature. Her research analyzes contemporary works by diasporic Central American poets and investigates the ways that poetry can be used to counteract narrative silencing and to reclaim familial and cultural (hi)stories. Prior to joining UCLA, she earned a BA in English from Dickinson College, and received a Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the UK. She holds dual master’s degrees in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, and in Creative Writing and Education from Goldsmiths, University of London. As a graduate writing consultant, she specializes in supporting students with competitive fellowship applications, with a particular focus on working with first-generation students. She has extensive training in academic writing tutoring and in pedagogical strategies for strengthening creative writing. Janel has received grants and fellowships from the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, UCLA’s Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, the Eugene V. Cota Robles fellowship, the California Arts Council, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, and more. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash—quite simply because it’s just so good.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Research/Grants/Fellowships, Job Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Humanities, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision and Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis, Dissertation Prospectus
Bio: Jeanette is a doctoral candidate in the History department specializing in the Afro-Atlantic World. Her research focuses on the African Diaspora, social movements, popular religions, and political economies in Latin America and the Caribbean. After earning her BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Scripps College, Jeanette has worked as a community organizer, language interpreter, life coach, and independent mediamaker. Jeanette has received grants and fellowships from the Eugene V. Cota Robles fellowship, Ludwig Lauerhass Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship in Brazilian History, History Department, Center for the Study of Religion, Latin American Institute, CLAH James R. Scobie Award, UC-Cuba Research Fellowship, Black Feminism Initiative Mariame Kaba Graduate Fellowship, Davis Putter Scholar-Activist Fellowship, and received an honorable mention from the Ford. One of her favorite punctuation marks is the em dash (—) largely for the stylistic splash!
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Editing/Revision Strategies, Application Documents, Social Sciences, Humanities/Arts, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Critical Race Theory, Qualitative Methods, Master’s Thesis, Style/Flow, English Language Learners, Grammar/Mechanics, Writing Process
Bio: Jessie is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Anthropology, specializing in sociocultural anthropology. Her research focuses on historic entanglements between Black and Jewish communities in North Africa. Specifically, she examines how different elements within the archival landscape in Morocco resist and construct notions of difference between Black and Jewish Moroccans. She holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies as well as Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish) from the University of Michigan in addition to a M.A. in Anthropology from UCLA. Jessie has worked (and aspires to continue working) in the publishing industry as a content and copy editor as well as a translator (Arabic, North African Judeo-Arabic, French, and Spanish.) Jessie has received a Fulbright Student Researcher grant, an Andrew Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, the GRM, and the GSRM. Parentheses are her favorite punctuation mark(s) because they are so versatile (and look like a whisper on the page!)
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Humanities & Arts, Arts, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/ flow, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing
Bio: Jesslyn is a Ph.D. candidate in English. She studies poetics, with a split focus on Romanticism and 21st-century texts. Her research interests include the relationship between computer science and literary form (not digital humanities but algorithmic logic, abstraction, statistics, and data). Her recent projects have engaged works by William Blake, Anna Moschovakis, Douglas Kearney, Morgan Parker, and P.B. Shelley. She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in English and Computer Science. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em-dash, especially when it’s used to unsettle a poem's formal conceits.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Editing
Bio: Kim is a J.D. candidate in the School of Law. She also has her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of performance, homelessness, incarceration, and law. Prior to starting law school, Kim was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has taught courses on African diasporic literature and performance, queer theory, black feminist theory, and world literature. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash – academics love adding in their two cents!
Department: Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Writing Specialties: Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision strategies, Style/Flow, Article Manuscripts, Social Sciences
Bio: Kim is a PhD candidate in Chicana/o and Central American Studies. They are a non-traditional student and received their A.A. in Art History at East Los Angeles Community College and transferred to UCLA where they received their B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and minor in African American Studies. They study race, space, and placemaking in Los Angeles and are specifically interested in housing justice movements and how rent burdened Latinas navigate landlord harassment and state violence when undergoing eviction. Kim is also involved in popular education efforts and facilitating support groups that address restorative justice. Kim is a recipient of the Eugene V. Cota Robles fellowship, the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Research Mentorship fellowship and the Graduate Council Diversity Fellowship. Their favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation mark!.
Writing Specialties: Fellowships/Grants, Academic Writing, Social Sciences, STEM, Statistics, Statistical Reporting, Quantitative Methods, Critical Race Theory, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Master’sThesis
Bio: Leezet is a third-year Psychology PhD student who specializes in social cognitive neuroscience. Her current research investigates how people from dominant and marginalized racial groups understand and experience our racialized social world, using both social neuroscience and computational linguistics approaches. Over the course of her graduate career, she has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, a UCLA Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, and a UCLA Alumni Fellowship. Leezet graduated from Princeton University with a BA degree in Neuroscience and a strong background in African American Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Studies. Before pursuing her PhD, she gained experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) development while working as a data scientist for a technology start-up. Her favorite punctuation mark—which she admittedly overuses—is the em dash.
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic writing, Non-academic writing, Application Documents, Humanities & Arts, Fellowships/Grants, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Oral presentations, Writing Process, Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Grammar/mechanics.
Bio: Lika is a PhD candidate in comparative literature. Her research interests include representations of gender and sexuality and space/environment in 20th century and contemporary literature and film, French and Francophone literatures, and notions of space, confinement and movement within French and English-language contexts. Most recently she has written about Albert Camus, space, and gender; national allegory and metonymy; and 20th century re-imaginings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lika holds B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in English and French literature and an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA. In addition to research and teaching, Lika copyedits for an independent press that publishes work on politics, art, and philosophy and volunteers with small nonprofits on their grant writing efforts. Prior to grad. school she worked as a writer in a behavioral psychology lab, in academic administration and in continuing education. Her favorite punctuation = the ( ) and the …
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral/Conference Presentations, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Dissertation, Writing Process, Revision & Editing Strategies
Bio: Marie is a (Bio)Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate who studies the effects of mechanical and physiological stimulation on 3D stem cell and cancer tissues. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), has presented her work at national conferences, and has published peer-reviewed journal articles as both a first and co-author. Prior to UCLA, she earned her B.S. from Stanford University in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma since it is both simple and effective.
Graduate Writing Center Director
Bio: Marilyn Gray is the director of the UCLA Graduate Writing Center. She has a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Her dissertation examines Mikhail Bakhtin’s thought and narrative theory from the perspective of Russian theological anthropology. After completing her BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University, she lived and worked in Moscow for four years. During her graduate work at UCLA, she worked for the Center for Digital Humanities assisting faculty with instructional technology and taught Russian language and English composition. She is a big fan of the em-dash and semi-colon when used judiciously.
Department:Fellowships/Grants, STEM, Academic Writing, Application Documents, Quantitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing, Lab Reports, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Post-Graduate Opportunities
Bio: McKenna is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering. She develops novel software to improve the performance and lifetime of electrospray thrusters for spacecraft propulsion in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and multiple Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRLs). Prior to pursuing her PhD, McKenna graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Mathematics and a minor in Business. McKenna is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow and has also been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Goldwater Scholarship, a NASA Space Grant, and a Woman in Engineering award. She has authored journal and conference publications, reviewed journal articles, and presented her research internationally.
Department: Political Science
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing , Humanities, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/ flow, English Language Learners, Master’s Thesis, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing
Bio: Michael is a PhD student in political science focusing on political theory. His circuitous academic career has led him to get degrees in English, Philosophy, Education and Gender Studies. He has been tutoring writing since college and enjoys the challenge of reading across disciplines. Beside his academic work, he is a sporadic book reviewer and writer for publications such as Jewish Currents and Public Books. His favorite punctuation mark is the em-dash because of its variety of uses and because it makes long sentences readable.
Department: Education (Social Research Methodology)
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, STEM, Social Sciences, Policy Writing, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Statistics, Statistical Reporting, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, English Language Learners, Master's Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: Tom is a PhD candidate in the School of Education. Most of his training has been in quantitative research methods, with an emphasis on multilevel models and causal inference in nonexperimental settings. He is especially interested in research around multi-year, multi-site, multi-faceted educational programs as well as other lines of inquiry where qualitative and quantitative approaches can speak to---and with---each other. Tom holds BA degrees from USC in English and Spanish, a master's in public policy from UCLA, and an MS in statistics from UCLA. His critics might accuse him of meandering in too many different directions academically and professionally. Nevertheless, he finds that following an indirect path often has its advantages. Tom's favorite form of punctuation is ubiquitously implied in academic writing though sparingly employed: the wonderful question mark.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Social Sciences, Policy Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Qualitative Methods, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision, Master’s Thesis, Style/Flow
Bio: Victoria is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department. She studies urban governance, redevelopment, policing, and race. She holds a B.A. in Leadership and Public Policy from the University of Virginia. Before UCLA, Victoria worked at a social policy research institution, where she produced policy reports and memos. She has received intramural fellowships including the Graduate Research Mentorship Award and Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Awards, and extramural fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Haynes Lindley Foundation. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon.
Support for Fellowships and Grants
The GWC is not currently offering fellowship drop-in hours, but we are offering a full schedule of regular appointments. If you would like to know which consultants have received a particular workshop, please read the consultant bios.
If you have any questions about fellowship support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about GWC fellowship support, go to: https://gwc.gsrc.ucla.edu/fellowship-support
Activating Your Handshake Account
Every UCLA student already has a Handshake account. To activate your account, go to ucla.joinhandshake.com and click the blue button labeled “University of California, Los Angeles Sign On”.
From there, you'll be taken to the UCLA Sign-in page, where you should enter your UCLA Login ID and password.
If you are signing in to Handshake for the first time, you'll be prompted to activate your account. At this screen, you will also be able to choose whether you'd like your Handshake profile to be public.
Note that you do not need to make your profile public in order to make an appointment at the Graduate Writing Center.
Once you activate, you'll be prompted to fill out your profile. If your profile is empty, you may see a message like this:
Again, this step is not necessary in order to make an appointment. You can simply close the window and go directly to the appointment system. (You can always modify your profile at a later date if you'd like.)
For additional help, visit the Handshake Help Center.
Using Handshake to Make a Graduate Writing Center Appointment
Once you are logged in to Handshake, go to the “Career Center” menu at the top of the page. In that menu, you will see an “Appointments” option. Click that to make an appointment with a Graduate Writing Consultant. (You can also make appointments here with Career Center staff.)
You'll then be taken to the Appointments page, which will have a link to make a new appointment, as well as show any upcoming and previous appointments.
If you click the "Schedule a New Appointment" link, you'll be taken to a screen where you will choose the type of appointment you would like. Because Handshake is also used by the Career Center, you may see additional options, such as career advising appointments. To make a writing appointment, however, click on "Graduate Writing Appointments."
Once you select the type of appointment, you'll be taken to a screen showing the dates and times available. Choose your preferred date, and then click on the appointment you'd like to take.
After signing up for your appointment, you will be asked to respond to some questions about yourself and your project. You will also be asked to specify your preferred appointment medium (Face-to-Face or Skype). If you choose a Skype appointment, please see our Skype instructions here. Please remember to bring two copies of your project to the appointment (or, if meeting remotely, e-mail the file to email@example.com.)
We are offering some in-person appointments. For in-person appointments, the "Face-to-Face" option will be available in Handshake. If you prefer in-person appointments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to know more about in-person options.
We offer Zoom as a remote appointment option if you provide the Zoom link in your Handshake registration form.
For Zoom appointments, please use the instructions below:
- Be sure to activate and login to UCLA Zoom (https://ucla.zoom.us/) which gives you a Pro account
- Please use a Zoom room that you have set up using your UCLA Pro account (otherwise the meeting may end early)
- Please email your project document to email@example.com at the beginning of the appointment.
- Your consultant will login to your Zoom room at the scheduled time.
- We expect that you will be available to discuss your paper and give your full attention to the appointment during the scheduled time.
For Audio Skype appointments, please use the instructions below:
- Login to Skype.
- If your appointment starts on the hour, communicate with the Skype account uclagwc;
if your appointment starts on the half hour, communicate with Skype account uclagwc2;
if your appointment starts on the quarter hour, communicate with Skype account live:.cid.511156d022b96bc0 or alternatively "UCLA Graduate Writing Center 3" (display name)
- Send your paper via Skype chat to the appropriate account at the start of the appointment.
- Your consultant will call you at the scheduled time.
- We expect that you will be available to discuss your paper and give your full attention to the appointment during the scheduled time.
Additional Skype information:
- Install the free Skype software on your computer if it is not already installed. Follow the instructions to create a username and password. Perform a test call to make sure your sound functions.
- If you are having trouble installing the Skype application, the consultant may be able to initiate a web-based Skype session with you. Please contact our email if that is your situation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- As a back-up form of communication, you may send your paper in an email to email@example.com with three components: 1) put "Skype appointment" and the appointment time in the subject line; 2) attach the writing project that you want to discuss to the email; 3) tell us your Skype username in the body of the email (you should also enter your Skype name in Handshake when you register). Please keep in mind that the consultant will not review your writing project until the start of the appointment.
Other Skype Formats
If a student selects "Skype" or "Audio Skype," this appointment will be conducted via Audio Skype. If you need a chat-based or video-based Skype appointment for accessibility or other reasons, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 business days before your appointment and describe your request in the email (please put "Skype medium request" in the email subject line). We will do our best to accommodate you, but some consultants may not offer alternative Skype formats.
Please email the GWC if you have any questions: email@example.com
Scheduling and Cancellation Policies
Scheduling and cancellation policies: You may schedule one appointment per week (Monday - Friday) in advance. If you must cancel your appointment, please do so by midnight the night before your appointment date. Late cancellations and no-shows will be penalized. There are no exceptions to this policy unless the student can provide valid documentation (e.g., a doctor's note) within 48 hours of the missed appointment.