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UCSB provides a variety ​of workshops and events ​to serve graduate students' writing needs. These include programs dedicated to ​improving grant writing skills, writing literature reviews, turning class papers in conference papers, crafting academic job search documents, and more. Please see the Events page for our upcoming (as well as past) programs. If you do not see a service provided that you think would help you and others on campus, we want to know about it! ​Email the Graduate Writing Specialist ( to tell him your idea so that we can do our best to make it a part of our programming block.

Coming Spring 2019... 

The Writing Soft Skills Success Series will address writing concerns that are often overlooked in the classroom. From answering questions about how to use a comma to providing strategies for improving writing efficiency, this series will focus on the skills that go into being a productive writer. Think of this as self-care for writing. Contained to only one-hour blocks, these sessions will present focused explorations of a topic that will allow participants to then take stock of their own writing skills. RSVP for any session here​! 

The NSF GRFP Mini Success Series is here to support ALL students eligible to apply for the fall competition. While the competition might seem far away, universities on the quarter system are in the unfortunate position of having the application deadline be only a few weeks after fall classes begin. This makes it difficult to secure letters of recommendation, have faculty review your statements, etc. In other words, if you wait until fall quarter to start your application, you will hit a time crunch. Our goal with this series is to give students a leg up on the competition so that students will have all summer to work on their materials. RSVP for any session here​

About Our Graduate Writing Specialist, Robby Nadler

Robby Nadler holds terminal degrees from the University of Montana (M.F.A.) and the University of Georgia (Ph.D.). At the latter, he directed the campus’ five writing centers and was responsible for developing the university’s dissertation/thesis boot camps, creating and teaching the university’s graduate writing courses, and transforming the campus writing centers in research units. His research fields focus on nontraditional sites of basic writing, including graduate writing, STEM composition, and writing centers. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2018 Council on Basic Writing’s Innovation Award, which is granted to one institution annually and represents the highest honor in the field of basic writing praxis. He is also author of the book jesse garon writes a love letter, a magical realism memoir about holocaust narratives and Elvis Presley that was inspired during his Fulbright grant in Israel. When not writing, Robby can be found in the gym or engaging his side pursuits as a classically trained pastry chef and baker. For writing-related questions, information, and suggestions, you can email him at