Writing Center News

Final Paper Frenzy set for Dec. 3 & 4

This coming Sunday and Monday night, the UWC will once again host Final Paper Frenzy, an undergraduate writing retreat. The event gives students a quiet place to write, along with FREE coffee and snacks. Writing consultants will also be on hand to answer questions.

The event will be held in Room 405C of the Evans Library Annex from 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday, December 3rd and Monday, December 4th.

Reserve your spot today, Aggies!

UWC offers Spotify writing playlists

The UWC is now on Spotify as "writeradio." We've put together a number of writing-friendly playlists, designed to help you coax your words on to the page. 

The idea for the playlists came from UWC administrator Nick Cenegy, who often has music playing softly in the background when he leads a writing group. Students mentioned how much they liked having the music on, which inspired him to create a number of instrumental playlists to use as background for writing sessions.

Several other administrators have now added their playlists to the UWC's Spotify account as well. For instance, there's one called "Club U Dub C" and another called "Write It Up, Turn It Loose."

So, the next time you need to get in a writing frame of mind, check out Writeradio on Spotify.

UWC moves to Evans' first floor

Starting July 10th, the UWC's Evans location will be moving to the library's first floor Whitley Suite. The move is part of ongoing library renovations, which will soon shift to the 2nd floor.

The writing center is doing its best to limit disruptions to student services. Currently, the center plans to close to appointments from July 4th through 10th to allow staff to get situated in the new location.

The renovations are expected to take several months with current projections calling for the UWC to be back on the second floor by January. The newly renovated center will be expanded, as well as updated, providing both additional tutoring space and more administrative offices.

"As college students know, moving is a hassle, but we know our nearly expanded and refurbished space will be worth the inconvenience," explains Dr. Valerie Balester, assistant provost for Undergraduate Studies and the UWC's executive director. Balester also notes that the UWC staff is working hard to ensure the temporary space will allow the center to provide the same level of service to clients.

The Whitley Suite is located on the first floor of Evans, between the two banks of elevators.


UWC hiring media interns & student graphic designer

The UWC is currently accepting applications for its student media team. These part-time positions will begin in the fall of 2017. (Students graduating in December of 2017 will not be considered.)

If you're interested in doing creative work in a casual and supportive on-campus environment, this might be the job for you!

Media Interns
Position: We're looking for experienced and talented students to help us produce videos and/or podcasts. Under the guidance of a UWC administrator, you'll write, edit, and produce content, as well as conducting interviews and recording narration. You'll create both promotional and educational materials in a relaxed office with lots of other student workers. This is a great opportunity to add to your media portfolio. Plan to work between 10 and 20 hours a week with your schedule built around your classes.

Requirements: Knowledge of video and/or audio editing software programs is required, along with excellent communication skills. Must be comfortable both in front of AND behind a camera or microphone. Must have samples of previous media work available. Must be available to work as a student until at least May 2018. (And let us know if you qualify for Work/Study funding.)

To apply: Send an email outlining your experience and qualifications to Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu. Must include an up-to-date resume and links to your previous media work.

Graphic Designer
: Student designer wanted to work between 10 and 20 hours a week designing flyers, social media graphics, presentations, and educational materials. This is a great opportunity to build your design portfolio. Hours can be adjusted to suit your class schedule.

Requirements: Applicants must be experienced with Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator and PhotoShop, and have a good understanding of basic design principles. Previous graphic design experience and/or training is required. Photography skills and drawing ability are a plus. Experience with Macs preferred. Must have samples of your previous work available for us to review. Must be available to work as a student through at least May 2018. (And let us know if you qualify for Work/Study funding.)

To apply: Send an email explaining your qualifications and experience to Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu. Must attach an up-to-date resume and samples (or a link to samples) of your previous design work. Indicate your expected graduation date.

We're hiring!

The University Writing Center (UWC) is looking for undergraduates and grad students to begin working as peer writing consultants this fall.  Students from any major are encouraged to apply!

As a UWC consultant, you’ll help your fellow Aggies improve their written and spoken communication, working with them both in person and on line. In addition, you’ll present workshops, develop tutoring materials, and represent the UWC at campus functions.

Best of all, you’ll work in a supportive, creative environment in an on-campus job that helps you hone your interpersonal and communication skills. Working at the UWC is great preparation for graduate or professional school, as well as just about any career. Our former consultants are now lawyers, teachers, doctors, researchers, policy experts, artists, and engineers—and most still say working at the UWC was the best job they ever had.

Do you need to be a grammar nerd to work here? Nope. You do need to be a good student and comfortable talking to people.

As a consultant, you’ll earn certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, and we’ll pay you for the time you spend attending our training.

Undergrads start at $9 and grad students start between $12 and $15, with the opportunity to earn more if you complete additional training.

If this job sounds like something you’d be interested in, apply now!

We’ll be reviewing applications and conducting interviews in March and April.
The UWC is also looking for students interested in working as media interns and graphic designers. For more on those positions, contact Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu.

Spring Graduate Workshops Set for Monday Nights

The UWC is excited to announce the schedule for our spring slate of Graduate Student Workshops. These hour-long events take place on Monday nights from 7 to 8 in Evans Library and offer Aggie grad students a chance to hone the communication skills they need to succeed at Texas A&M and beyond. These interactive and informal workshops focus specifically on communication tasks unique to grad students, such as the thesis/dissertation defense.

Registration for each workshop opens one week before the event. Grad students who attend have the opportunity to earn one Professional Development Unit toward the G.R.A.D. Aggies certificate program, offered by the Office of Graduate and Professional Development. Learn more about the program here.

UWC Graduate Student Workshop Schedule:
  • Feb. 6 -- Abstracts: Knowing What to Cut *
  • Feb. 13 -- Interviews: Answering Tough Questions (featuring Dr. Katharyn Stober)
  • Feb. 20 -- Grant Writing for Graduate Students
  • Feb. 27 -- Preparing for Your Defense (featuring Dr. Valerie Balester)
  • March 6 -- Presentation Design *
  • March 20 -- Managing Deadlines (featuring Dr. Candace Hastings)
Students can register for the first workshop (on Abstracts) here.

* The workshops on abstracts and presentation design, which will likely be of particular interest to any Aggie participating in Student Research Week, are open to both undergrads and grad students.

Weekly NaNoWriMo Write-ins Set for November

As part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), we'll once again be hosting weekly on-campus write-ins every Tuesday in November.
The UWC is joining forces with the English Department to host this year’s events for the BCS WriMOs, the local NaNoWriMo group.  Each Tuesday, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., writers from across the community are invited to join a general writing discussion in Evans Library, Room 211. Then from 7 to 9 p.m., we’ll switch to writing mode, with some competitive writing sprints to keep everyone energized and up those word counts.
There’s no need to sign up and coffee and snacks will be provided.
For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is an online event that challenges writers to finish a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Participants share their word counts online and often meet in local venues to write together.
The event encourages novelists to overcome the hurdle of getting words on the page by writing quickly and building momentum. Revision? There’s time for that in December and beyond.
The approach seems to work: a number of well-known authors have published successful novels that started as NaNoWriMo projects, and the international online program grows in popularity each year.  Learn more at http://nanowrimo.org/.
If you’re a novelist—or you aspire to be—join us Tuesday nights in November.

Black Box Writers Residency Applications Now Open

From now until October 30th, the Black Box Writers Residency is accepting applications from undergraduate Aggies who want to improve both their creative writing and performing skills. This unique program, created by the University Writing Center and co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of Residence Life, takes place in Spring 2017, when those accepted for admission will get the chance to learn from experienced writers in a supportive workshop setting. After several weeks of honing their skills in both writing and public performance, participants will share their work at a community reading. There will be one workshop group for fiction writers and another for poets.

This is the third year for the one-of-a-kind program, which is under the direction of UWC administrator, Florence Davies ('09).

Learn more about the residency here.

You can also see videos of previous Black Box performances on our UWC YouTube channel.

Graduate Workshops set for Monday nights

Monday, September 19th marks the beginning of this semester's series of Graduate Student Workshops, brought to you by the University Writing Center (UWC). The workshops will run weekly from September 19th through November 7th and will cover a variety of communication-related topics from writing a research statement to managing writing deadlines.

The workshops will meet from 7 to 8 p.m., Mondays in Evans Library, Room 211. These are informal, interactive workshops designed to help you hone some of the key communication skills you need to succeed both as a grad student and in your life beyond Texas A&M.

These workshops are part of the G.R.A.D. Aggies certificate program. Participants can receive one unit of credit after attending and completing a brief quiz on ECampus.

For the full schedule of workshops and to register go to: http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/Students/Graduate-Students/Graduate-Student-Workshops.

Graphic designer wanted

The UWC is seeking a student graphic designer to work with us between 10 and 20 hours a week. The ideal candidate will be experienced with both Illustrator and PhotoShop and be comfortable designing for both online and print. Photography skills are also a plus!

You'll design fliers, web banners, signs, brochures, marketing items, and t-shirts. You'll also help to create instructional materials, as well as providing images for the UWC's multiple social media accounts. You can plan your work hours around your class schedule.

The UWC offers a casual, collaborative, and creative work environment. This position is ideal for a young designer looking to build a comprehensive graphic design portfolio. Starting salary is $10 an hour.

Interested students should email Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu. Attach your resume and include a link to samples of your previous design work, e.g., a personal website, Behance account, class blog. (If your work isn't online,  attach images with your email.) In your email, please indicate your major, GPR, expected graduation date, and why you think you'd be a good fit for this position.
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