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Write@UGA 2019: Mark Your Calendars!

Write@UGA is proud to present our featured speaker on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. This year, we will host Professor Mike Palmquist, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation at Colorado State University for two events:

8:45 am-10:15 am
Lecture: Writing, Engagement, and Critical Thinking: Using Writing to Enhance Student Learning

277 Special Collections Library

This talk by Mike Palmquist  will explore the connections among writing, critical thinking and student learning, with a focus on strategies that emerge from the writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) movement. In addition to exploring the connections between critical thinking and writing, this talk will also consider how other activities such as presentation assignments, research projects and design projects, might be used productively in courses to engage students more deeply in course content and approaches. All faculty, students, and staff are invited. Please register here:

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Workshop: Using WAC to Engage Learners

Reading Room, Miller Learning Center

This workshop by Mike Palmquist will explore the ways in which writing across the curriculum activities (WAC) – writing to learn, writing to engage and writing to communicate — can support active teaching and learning in courses across the disciplines. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with an understanding of key approaches to WAC, the role these approaches can play in supporting active teaching and learning and the role they can play in supporting the development of learners’ critical thinking skills. Hands-on activities will ask participants to apply these approaches to current or planned courses. Participants should expect to leave with one or more activities they might use in their courses. This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students. Please register here:

PLC Undergraduate Writing Retreat is Back for 2018!

Thanks to a generous grant from the UGA Parents Leadership Council, Write@UGA is thrilled to once again offer an Undergraduate Writing Retreat on October 20, 2018. The retreat is open to all undergraduates and offers an inviting, distraction-free working space in the MLC Reading Room; free food and beverages throughout the day; one-on-one writing help; and break-out sessions with trained writing consultants on a variety of writing and research skills. The retreat is a great way to make progress on a writing project (or two).

Half day and full day sessions are available. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

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2018 Capturing Science Contest

UGA Libraries is hosting the 2018 Capturing Science Contest to encourage STEM communication in a diversity of formats. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for $1,700 in prizes. 
Guidelines: Explain a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concept to a broader audience using any medium of your choice.
Prizes: The top three undergraduate and graduate submission each receive prizes of $500, $250, and $100.
Deadline: 5:00pm, November 26, 2018 
Eligibility: All currently-enrolled UGA undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Students may submit works used for other class assignments. Multiple entries are acceptable.
Contest Criteria: Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Clarity of expression
  • Creativity
  • Appeal to a broad audience
Formats: Any and all formats and genres are encouraged! Examples include: essays, board games, virtual reality, videos, music, software, apps, curricula, lesson plans, poems, infographics, fiction, and exhibits. See last years’ winners and submissions for more examples.
Sponsored by UGA Libraries & The Office of Research
Learn more here. For questions please contact Chandler Christoffel

Stillpoint Staff Applications Due

Stillpoint Literary Magazine is UGA’s premier student-run literary magazine that has served as a forum for creative work since 1967. Staff applications are open to all majors and can be found on our website. Applications are due SEPTEMBER 20th. Send completed applications or questions to Informal interviews will be held after applications have been reviewed. For more information, please visit

UGA Faculty: Open Writing Time in MLC

The Office of Faculty Affairs, the Miller Learning Center, and the Office of Research are pleased to offer faculty “Open Writing Time” in the MLC Reading Room on Wednesdays and Fridays during Fall semester 2018 (Aug 15-Nov 30) from 7:30 – 9:30 am.

No registration is required and you can get a 10% discount at the MLC Jittery Joe’s during writing hours. Get in some early morning writing this fall and make progress on your writing projects!

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The Class You Didn’t Know You Need To Take: ENGL 3590W

By Corinn Gurak

“Everyone needs to take this class.”

I have heard this phrase from many teachers who have taught this course and from students who have taken it. This class teaches you how to write in a relevant way, not an abstract, metaphorical analysis way. Dr. Christopher Alexander teaches Technical and Professional Communication, that encourages developing writing skills for the professional world.  Many students at UGA can be heard saying something like, “I took this major because I didn’t want to write,” “I am more of a numbers person,” or “I’d rather take a test than write an essay any day.” All of those statements are valid,  yet those students do not realize that writing is an integral part of their professional and everyday lives. So, in this course, you will find yourself working on professional writing that is relevant to all majors, including STEM. Alexander is looking to develop skills and knowledge on how to write within various disciplines and fields. He recognizes that writing is not integrated into many classes at the University of Georgia and they rely more on multiple choice exams for evaluations. He feels that students may be “less familiar, less aware or less interested,” in writing, so this class seeks to fill the gap by providing a dynamic approach to writing.

Alexander highlighted a few projects that the students complete in Technical and Professional Writing that bridge this divide:

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Writing Across Campus: How Two Religion Professors Make Writing Relevant

By Kayla Barnes and James Ogletree

Writing is not everyone’s favorite subject/hobby/activity. Ask any college student and they will likely tell you that they dread the constant barrage of essays they are required to churn out. Even the best writers have often admitted that their craft caused more blood, sweat, and tears than health, fame, and fortune.

The unamicable relationship between students and their writing is often the result of rubric-based exercises that encourage fact regurgitation instead of critical thinking. Rather than rewarding a student’s comprehension of the subject matter, their ability to restate class material in their writing is evaluated. Dai Hounsell of the University of Edinburgh refers to this as “the undergraduate’s Amazon” because the coursing river of papers is so prevalent in the undergraduate experience.

There is a simple solution to this problem: offering response-based writing can lead to true comprehension and ownership of material. Continue reading “Writing Across Campus: How Two Religion Professors Make Writing Relevant”

Creative Writing: “It’s a lot of fun.”

By Anna Warnell

Whenever I think about creative writing, I usually picture someone who is more hip, more stylish, and smarter than me. I think, “creative writing, that’s not for me. That’s for someone else.” Picture: eclectic coffee shop, oversized reading glasses, maybe a handlebar mustache. But what if I told you that you don’t need to drive a hybrid or have your own organic garden to write creatively? What if I told you that the skills learned during creative writing processes help in creating resumes and winning over future employers?

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Curriculums and Careers: UGA’s Writing Certificate Program

By Zachary McCannon

I’m an English major whose twin is a Mechanical Engineering major. Besides being opposites – myself a writer and he not so much – he tells me that most engineers struggle in communicating their ideas. He also tells me that often the most terrifying parts of an engineer’s job are proposals. This is the part of the job that requires the most communication skills, which are largely unaddressed in the curriculum he’s taken.

However, many non-English Majors tend to avoid writing and English courses in their college careers. They stop after First Year Composition. These students avoid them either because they dislike writing or the belief they won’t need it. I know for a fact that my brother doesn’t enjoy English classes, but even so, he wishes he was a better writer. And the truth of the matter is that writing is an inescapable skill often looked for among job applicants but rarer than it should be, especially in a networked society such as ours. While English majors might create different kinds of writing for their careers, non-English majors still need writing skills. Fortunately, UGA is attempting to address this issue through its writing programs, particularly through the Writing Certificate Program. Continue reading “Curriculums and Careers: UGA’s Writing Certificate Program”

You Should Go to the Writing Center

By Kate Sims

It started when I was talking to this girl in my class.  She’d just switched to English from a STEM major, and this was her first English class since high school.  As we geared up to write our first paper, she was worried about it because she hadn’t written a paper in years.

“You could always go to the Writing Center,” I suggested.

Her nose wrinkled.  “Oh, God, no.  I’m not that bad.”

I tried to explain that it would still be useful anyway, but she shrugged it off, and the conversation moved on.

So, let’s dispel a few rumors about the Writing Center:

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