Writing Programs representatives serve on academic support and advisory committees with the Office of Residential Life, the Academic Advancement ProgramNew Student & Transition Programs, the Diversity Requirement Ad Hoc Committee, and enrollment planning with the College of Letters and Science.

Writing Programs faculty are working collaboratively with the UCLA Library on outreach and digital projects focused on Los Angeles and California. One Writing Programs instructor has created the City and the Library, a website featuring students’ collaborative annotations of rare and archival Los Angeles materials housed in the Library’s Special Collections. Another Writing Programs instructor has delivered this year’s Powell Society’s annual Fall keynote address in the Library Rotunda, which has led to continuing projects with both the Charles E. Young Research Library and the undergraduate library, Powell Library.

Writing Programs leads or contributes to essay prize contests for the Dashew Center and the Division of the Humanities.

Writing Programs instructors teach an undergraduate business writing course for the Department of Economics, and graduate language courses for the Anderson School of Management and School of the Arts and Architecture.  Lecturers from Writing Programs consult regularly with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University Extension, as well as with individual departments across campus on curricular and pedagogical matters.  Writing Programs offers a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy open to graduate students from across campus who are teaching writing-intensive courses.

Writing Programs is collaborating with the Division of Social Sciences on an initiative to improve student writing in upper-division courses through peer learning facilitation. The project received a major Instructional Improvement Grant from the Office of Instructional Development.

Writing Programs also sponsors live events that highlight the centrality of the writing process to discovery and learning. Last year, the program sponsored an event with children’s book author and illustrator, K.G. Campbell, that included participation from Powell Library and the UCLA Lab School.


Service Learning

English Composition 3SL focuses on the demands of academic writing, writing process, methods of revision, and ways to write for different audiences. Service Learning (SL) is a pedagogical approach that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Students will gain hands-on experience outside the classroom while strengthening their writing and critical thinking skills. Each week students apply their academic skills to support the work of a community partner, culminating in 20 hours of service learning by the end of the quarter. In addition to discussing their experiences in class, students will analyze their service learning in at least one essay for the course.

For more information on other service learning courses offered at UCLA, please visit the Undergraduate Education Initiatives website.

Summer Institutes

Writing Summer Institute: Introduction to College Writing
A non-resident writing course for English-speaking high school students who seek to strengthen their writing and discussion skills. For over twenty years, UCLA Writing Programs has helped undergraduates successfully meet the challenges of a university education. Through a three week summer workshop, UCLA’s highly regarded writing specialists will help college-bound students prepare for those challenges. All activities will demystify the unstated differences between college and high school writing. The summer workshop will also attend to the college application process, including the application essay. This workshop is ideal for the ambitious high school student who wants to start college a step ahead.

Each year, Writing Programs offers scholarships to local high school students, which cover all tuition fees for the Writing Summer Institute. To apply for a scholarship, please click here.