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Key People to Know

Kyle Crocco, Writing Peer

Writing is one of the most important skills for grad students to develop. You will be required to write frequently in grad school and in a variety of formats, and you can develop habits and techniques to make the writing process easier.

Graduate Division Resources

Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215)
Help with writing and editing a variety of documents such as theses and dissertations, job and grant applications, cover letters, and much more. We also offer a Library of Successful Fellowship Proposals that students can peruse. For more information on writing consultations and workshops, contact the Writing Peer Advisor.

​Graduate Writers' Room (Student Resource Building, Room 1103)
A quiet, dedicated work space for graduate students to work on any type of writing project (whether dissertation, seminar paper, journal article, or something else like grading) in the company of their peers. Featuring amenities such as ergonomic furniture, plenty of electrical outlets, coffee, tea, water, snacks, ​WiFi, and moral support.

Intensive Dissertation Write-In
An annual four-day writing workshop aimed at helping Ph.D. students in the middle stages of their dissertation process by providing intensive writing times, breakout sessions with a facilitator on typical dissertation issues, one-on-one consultations with the facilitator, and peer consultations. Typically held twice during the summer, applications open in spring quarter.

Other Campus Resources

Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS)
Offering a Writing Lab, Writing Drop-Ins, and ESL tutorials

UCSB Library
Writing and research tools including handbooks, tutorials, and tips

Writing Program
Graduate course Writing 251 (Academic Research Writing) allows advanced graduate students to work with existing research to create publications and writing for non-academic audiences

External Resources

Chronicle Vitae
Online career hub and support network for faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Featuring news and advice pieces (many related to writing) as well as an active discussion group on scholarly writing.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resources and instructional material on topics such as research and citation, subject-specific writing, and job search writing.

Publish, Not Perish
Online tutorial created the University of Colorado focusing on the art and craft of publishing in scholarly journals.

Citation Tracking Software