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Key People to Know

Robby Nadler, Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director

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 Robby Nadler.

Graduate Writers' Room (Student Resource Building, Room 1103)
A quiet, dedicated 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

English for Multilingual Students (EMS)
For international graduate students, the English for Multilingual Students Program offers courses in both academic/professional writing and academic oral English

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

About Our Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director, 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