Writing Center News

Open House set for Friday, April 8th

The UWC will be one of 7 units represented at the Undergraduate Studies Open House set for this Friday, April 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. Aggies and their parents are encouraged to stop by Rudder Tower for free food and give-aways. We hope everyone will join us for this fun kick-off to Parents' Weekend!

UWC hiring a graphic designer

The UWC is seeking a student graphic designer for the coming school year. 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 also need to be organized and able to work independently.

Under the guidance of a UWC administrator, 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'll work between 12 and 20 hours a week, planning 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. Please attach your current 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.

Midterm Madness happens February 28th & 29th

It's the halfway point of the semester, which means Midterm Madness is upon us.

While that term might describe your mood this week, it's also the name of the UWC's undergraduate writing retreat.

Rather than holing up alone in your apartment or dorm room to churn out all those papers and projects, why not come to Evans and write with your fellow Aggies? We'll provide a quiet space to work, plus free snacks and coffee, as well as access to UWC consultants and librarians. Not to mention, it's great motivation to work with other writers.

We'll be in Evans, Room 211 from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, February 28th and Monday, February 29th. Sign up today!

Remember: friends don't let friends write alone!

Make a Valentine with the UWC

The University Writing Center will be hosting a card-making event, open to all.

On Friday, February 12th, we'll be in the lobby of Evans Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all the supplies you need to make a Valentine for someone you love. We'll even have writing consultants on hand to help you get the wording just right.

This annual event is a great way to relax between classes AND let someone special know you care.

Stop by on Friday and take a minute to profess your love to someone who matters!

Final (Paper) Countdown helps Ags finish strong

The UWC is once again hosting the Final (Paper) Countdown which invites Aggies to reserve a spot to come and write with us.

The increasingly-popular event is currently fully booked, but the UWC anticipates being able to accommodate some walk-in traffic as well.

The event, happening in Evans 211, from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, December 6th, and Monday, December 7th, offers undergrads a quiet place to come and work. Librarians and UWC writing consultants will be on hand to answer questions and snacks and coffee will be provided, all free of charge.


Faculty Workshop set for December 10th

On Thursday, December 10th, UWC Executive Director Valerie Balester will lead a workshop on teaching W and C Courses. The workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evans Library, will discuss issues of pedagogy including modes of instruction, giving formative feedback, and managing peer review.

Over lunch, a panel of faculty members will discuss their experiences with teaching W and C Courses.

The workshop is open to faculty, as well as graduate students who are teaching or helping to teach writing and speaking skills. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by December 7th.


Grad Workshop to Focus on Lit Review

On Monday, November 16th, the UWC's Graduate Student Workshop series will feature an hour-long presentation on writing a literature review. The workshop will be lead by Dr. Candace Hastings, associate director of the University Writing Center, who will explain how grad students can show the connections between their research and the existing knowledge in the field.

Hastings, well-known for her engaging talks on graduate student writing, will offer advice on how to scale that mountain of accumulated references and organize them into a compelling literature review.

Join us and learn how writing your lit review can help you join the academic conversation of your discipline.

The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Library, Room 211.

Register here.


UWC hosts creative writing workshop

In conjunction with the TAMU Secrets and Stories installation at the Reynolds Gallery, the University Writing Center, together with staff from The Eckleburg Project, offers a creative writing workshop on turning personal experiences into poems and prose. Is This Real Life? will be held on Thursday, October 22nd in MSC 2248 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

We live in a culture of sharing (and oversharing), but creative writers must go beyond simply posting stories. Writers decide which real life experiences should be shared with an audience and what is better left on the cutting room floor. Writers also mold and shape their experiences to create unique and intimate relationships between themselves and their audiences.

The majority of this workshop will give participants the opportunity to create new work. Participants will also have the chance to perform developed material at the gallery opening event for TAMU Secrets and Stories on October 29th at 7 p.m.

Students can choose between two different workshop types: one geared towards prose and another towards poetry. The workshop is limited to 30 students overall, with 15 students per genre, and is only open to Texas A&M University students.

The poetry section will be lead by Dr. Candace Hastings, the UWC's associate director. Hastings is co-author of The Creative Writing Guide. The prose section will be lead by UWC administrator Florence Davies. Davies has an MFA from SUNY-Stony Brook and a B.A. from Texas A&M. She is currently at work on a young adult novel.

Register for the prose workshop.

Register for the poetry workshop.  


Florence Davies to give reading

UWC administrator Florence Davies will read from her fiction on Thursday, September 24th as part of The Big L.A.A.H. Reading Series. The event will be held in Room 453 of the Liberal Arts Building from 4 to 5 p.m. Also on the program is undergraduate author Shailen Scott.

Davies holds an M.F.A. from SUNY-Stony Brook and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. While she was an Aggie undergrad, Davies worked as a peer consultant at the writing center. Since returning to the UWC as a full-time administrator, she has also become the faculty advisor for The Eckleburg Project, Texas A&M's undergraduate literary magazine. Davies also founded The Black Box Writers Residency at Texas A&M, which combines instruction in both writing and performance for aspiring undergraduate authors. Poet Shailen Scott was among the inaugural group of students participating in the residency.


Evans Library Open House 1-3 on August 26th

Evans Library will be hosting a Gig 'Em Week Open House on Wednesday, August 26th from 1 to 3 p.m. Come by the library for games, free food, and a "Happy" T shirt, as you learn about library services. We'll be hosting a Graffiti Wall, where you can post your message to share with your fellow Aggies. Come by and write with us!
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