Women of Color Writing Group

Women of Color Writing for Academic Success

With the support of the UA Commission on the Status of Women Mini-Grant, WSIP will offer the first ever Women of Color Writing for Academic Success Writing Group beginning in fall 2016. Participants will receive instructional, writing, and peer support. Must be an incoming master's student. Any academic discipline. Any level of writing experience.

Up to 10 participants will be accepted.

The Women of Color Writing Group (WCW) is intended for self-identified women of color incoming UA  master’s level students. The WCW Group will meet monthly with WSIP’s professional writing consultants between September 2016 and April 2018 to develop academic writing skills and achieve higher rates of degree completion.

WCW group meetings will consist of two components.

  1. Instruction: focus on topics that range from general writing concerns to specific scholarly writing issues. Topics may include Grammar and Punctuation, Structure and Organization, Style and Voice, Preparing for Exams, Using Research and Writing Resources, Developing a Thesis, and Writing for Applications.
  2. Applied Writing: guided feedback and writing activities to enable participants to progress significantly in their chosen writing projects.

The WCW group will create a collaborative network among incoming women-of-color master’s degree students from varying academic disciplines. Such a network can offer students a support system to navigate their experiences at the University of Arizona and beyond. As part of the Applied Writing process, students will learn skills to further their own writing and to support others in developing their skills as well. Peer feedback will be an important aspect of this component. Students will learn techniques to provide effective, non-evaluative feedback that can help fellow writers improve upon writing weaknesses and expand upon strengths. The goal is to create a community of writers in which all members contribute equally, increase their awareness as writers and audience members, and promote respectful communication and collaboration within academia.

  • Who: Up to 10 Incoming women of color Master’s Degree students.
  • What: Two (2) year-long writing support program. Three meetings each academic  semester (Fall 2016: Sept. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. 16).
  • Cost: FREE to UA students
  • Where: WSIP offices (800 E. University Blvd.)
  • When: Begins fall 2016
  • Contact: Andrea Hernandez Holm,  ahholm@email.arizona.edu

To Apply: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9WSm4IzmHqlJPCd

Application process will close on Wednesday, September 7 at 5 pm.