Writing Workshops

What is a writing workshop?

Well, it depends on the workshop! Some workshops might include writing and editing, while others might be a brief introduction to a writing-related topic. At UC Davis, we host a variety of different workshops throughout they academic year. A selection of past workshop titles include:

  • Writing a grant proposal
  • Writing a literature review
  • Overcoming writer's block
  • Collaborative writing
  • The dissertation: getting started, getting done
  • Managing a committee: Strategies for effective negotiation and communication with multiple committee members
  • Careers in science writing and communication

Workshops are led by University Writing Program faculty, Graduate Writing Fellows, or both.


What workshops are being held this quarter?

There are typically 5-10 workshops per quarter. Please view the GradPathways calendar of events to see upcoming workshop titles, times, and locations. For your convenience, this quarter's workshops are listed below. Please register to attend a workshop using the GradPathways website.


Incorporating Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Practices into Your Graduate Teaching

Alison Bright, PhD

Wednesday, April 24, 12pm-1:30pm, 126 Voorhies

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a philosophical and pedagogical approach to teaching, and improving, writing. As graduate student instructors and teaching assistants, graduate students assign and assess a significant amount of undergraduate student writing in the university. This workshop will introduce participants to the best practices of WAC pedagogy in order to facilitate participants’ use of WAC principles in designing writing assignments and in-class activities. Participants are also encouraged to attend Dr. Jillian Azevedo’s workshop on responding to student writing, “Providing Written Feedback on Student Assignments” in conjunction with this workshop.


Framing Spanish as Academic Language: Considerations for Research and Identity

Lina Reznicek-Parrado, WAC Graduate Writing Fellow

Tuesday, April 17th, 12:00pm-1:30pm, 156 Voorhies

• How can Spanish be used as a tool to access research sites?

• Why is it important to speak Spanish in order to conduct research in the U.S?

• How does speaking Spanish contribute to your academic identity?

This bilingual panel discussion makes Spanish relevant as an academic language at UC Davis. Specifically, it is conceived for bi/multilingual faculty and students interested in exploring how their bilingual literacies are relevant beyond the personal and into the professional, and how Spanish can serve as bridge between research, writing and practice. Faculty with various experiences as Spanish-speakers and writers who directly draw from their own bilingual literacy skills to contribute to their own research will share observations that together contextualize bilingualism as a direct benefit of academic practice.


Dr. Julia Menard-Warwick (Linguistics)

Dr. Kerry Enright (School of Education)

Dr. John Slater (Spanish & Portuguese)


Writing for the Public

Gabi Kirk, WAC Graduate Writing Fellow

Mon. April 30th, 3:30pm-5pm, 126 Voorhies

Public or community-engaged scholarship have grown in popularity across many disciplines, yet many of us still do not know how to effectively communicate research themes or findings to a broader audience. In this workshop, we will ask: why do you want to write for a public audience? What are the benefits and challenges of splitting off “public” writing from “academic” writing and how can we better define public scholarly communication to avoid this? What are the different types of writing for a public audience, what are the norms of the genre, and how does one choose what type of medium is best? Participants are welcome to bring a research topic or question, side project, or current event they’d like to workshop writing, or simply come with questions and curiosity.


Providing Written Feedback on Student Assignments

Jillian Azevedo, PhD

Wednesday, May 9, 2:30pm-4:00pm, 126 Voorhies

Written feedback on writing assignments can be an invaluable part of the learning process for students, but it can also be extremely labor intensive for instructors. Those grading essays are often left wondering what they should be leaving comments on and how much feedback is too much? In an attempt to help answer these questions, this workshop will discuss strategies to provide effective feedback and the benefits of using assignment specific rubrics.


Clarity and Style

Matt Oliver, PhD

Monday, May 21, 12pm-1:30pm, 126 Voorhies

The most innovative research and creative ideas may go unnoticed if presented in a style that confuses the reader. In this workshop, you will learn how to convey your ideas to readers clearly and concisely. We will cover several different principles of clarity and style, including concision, emphasis, parallelism, and cohesion. Please bring a piece of your own writing (in electronic or paper form) to work on during the workshop.


Boosting Sentence Structure for Multilingual Writers

Melissa Bender, PhD

Thursday, May 31, 12pm-1:30pm, 126 Voorhies

This workshop aimed at multilingual graduate students is a hands-on practice session where participants can try techniques for increasing precision, accuracy, and description at the sentence level. We will work through opportunities to write about our own ideas (conveying a direct message to the reader), others’ ideas (paraphrasing), and data (choosing verbs to best suit the concept).