Winter 2019 Events and Workshops

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building 135

This workshop will offer tips and guidelines for maximizing the impact of your responses to written assignments. Workshop facilitators will present and discuss different strategies for responding to student work that will both (1) get your students’ attention and (2) challenge them to take ownership of their learning and writing.

Please RSVP at by Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Lunch will be served.

2019 SoCal WCA Tutor Conference
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UCI Student Center

The 2019 Southern California Writing Centers Association Tutor Conference — the organization’s 15th — will be held at the University of California, Irvine on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The theme for this year’s conference is “In(vis)ability.” Worth is often measured by image and ability. These judgments can occur in, around, and about the writing center. How our Writing Centers are perceived can alter our effectiveness as a student resource. But what about the unacknowledged and unrealized? Who or what is (in)visible and (un)able in, around, and about our centers?

The WRITE START Workshop: Preparing to Teach a “W” Course
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1030

Sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing & Communication Coordinator, this workshop is ideal for those PREPARING to teach an upper-division writing course, for those THINKING about teaching an upper-division writing course, and for those considering PROPOSING an upper-division writing course. Topics will include low-stakes writing, writing that best supports your content, peer-review strategies, and writing portfolio design and assessment.

Please RSVP at by Monday, February 25, 2019. Lunch will be served.

An Undergraduate Poetry Workshop and Contest
In conjunction with the Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program
January 25 – February 22, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Science Library 193

Find your way with words while exploring the powerful voice of former U.S. Poet Laureate Dr. Natasha Tretheway. In this five-session workshop series, undergraduates develop and refine their own poetry practices while discussing Dr. Trethewey’s award-winning published works with a writing specialist from the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. Participants may submit poems developed in the workshop to an exclusive poetry contest. Winners will be awarded a signed copy of Dr. Trethewey’s latest publication Monument and dinner with Trethewey and esteemed UCI scholars from across the disciplines. For more information about Dr. Natasha Tretheway’s visit to UCI, go to UCI Illuminations event page: The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, UCI Illuminations, and the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UC Irvine.

Space is limited. To participate in the workshop, contact Lindsey Allgood at

CEWC Winter 2019 Great Debates Workshops

This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society. Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints. Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively. The workshops are sponsored by the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.

When: Select Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Space is limited. RSVP for the workshop below.

Jan. 10 – “Telling a Story with Data: a PowerPoint/Keynote Workshop”
Percival Guevarra, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
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Jan. 31 – “Unruly Rhetorics: Some Problems with Civility in Public Discourse”
Susan Jarratt, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
Location: Science Library 193
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Feb. 21 – “Do Wake the Neighbors: Navigating the Town Hall”
Courtney Santos, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
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Feb. 28 – “Getting Personal: When & How the Personal Matters in Argumentation”
Kerri McCanna, ESL Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
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To see an archive of past events and workshops, click here.