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Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours

Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours Writing Success Program (WSP) Drop-In Hours – Fall 2017 NOTE: Drop-ins are intended for shorter questions and run from 15 to 30 minutes. To schedule a longer session with a counselor please visit: View our hours below. We look forward to seeing you soon! WSP Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours Monday – Thursday: 3 PM – 5 PM Friday: No Drop-Ins Saturday – Sunday: Closed Continue reading Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours

Event Recap – Underground Undergrads: 10 Yrs of Resistance Through Storytelling

Last night’s event and celebration of the ten year anniversary of Underground Undergrads: ucla undocumented immigrant students speak out had a lot of great speakers that left the audience with hope and a willingness to share their own stories. I will be writing a recap of the event, in case you missed out. First, let me tell you a little bit about what the book … Continue reading Event Recap – Underground Undergrads: 10 Yrs of Resistance Through Storytelling

It Wasn’t Until I Was an Old Woman that I Began to Enjoy Being Beautiful

A few weeks ago, our team at WSP started to focus on creative nonfiction, a literary genre that Wikipedia defines as the utilization of  “literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives.” Basically, it’s supposed to be a true story but written in a creative manner that is supposed to entertain the reader. Learning more about the genre, I decided to go online and … Continue reading It Wasn’t Until I Was an Old Woman that I Began to Enjoy Being Beautiful

“I Work Best Under Pressure” Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post where I wondered whether giving myself ample time to write an essay would result in better quality of my writing. Instead of my usual scramble to write my papers a few hours before the deadline, I would force myself to pace things out and take my sweet old time with my paper. Originally, I had planned … Continue reading “I Work Best Under Pressure” Part 2

Books on Immigrant Experiences

Drown by Junot Diaz Junot Diaz’s debut short story collection follows snippets of the main character, Yunior. Set in the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, these stories show the coming of age of a young Dominican immigrant. Snippets of his family life that have formed who he becomes, shows the complexities of being human. After reading Drown, make sure to follow up with The Brief … Continue reading Books on Immigrant Experiences

Daily Tidbit: Idiom

“Once in a blue moon” English has lots of moon-related idioms, including ‘to be over the moon’ (to be delighted) and ‘to ask for the moon’ (make excessive and impossible demands). The phrase once in a blue moon refers to something that doesn’t happen very often. A blue moon doesn’t actually refer to the color of the moon, but when we see a full moon twice … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Idiom

The Privilege of Undergoing Smooth Transformations

After reading the article, “About a Boy “ by Margaret Talbot I became astonished at how smooth it was for Skylar a fourteen year old girl to transform into an F.T.M. or “female- to-male” transgender person. In my class discussion, I said that Skylar had the privilege that would make this transformation go smoother than others. The article starts off by describing how Skylar grew … Continue reading The Privilege of Undergoing Smooth Transformations

Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2017

Every March and September, thousands of people attend Beyond Wonderland, an electronic dance festival that began its history seven years ago. The festival usually takes place in Southern and Northern California, with its southern counterpart identified as Beyond SoCal.  Beyond SoCal is to take place March 24-25 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. Beyond Wonderland is organized by Insomniac Events, a major American … Continue reading Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2017

Poetic Music: Rihanna’s Anti

Long before stories were recorded down as written word, people would tell tales to each other incorporating the medium of music. Songs incorporated both words and melody, which I think made it easier for people to remember them. Today, we often don’t consider popular music as venerated literature because it is so accessible and ubiquitous. However, when we take a deeper look into song lyrics, … Continue reading Poetic Music: Rihanna’s Anti

Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

What’s your favorite song? Write a short story based off of your favorite song. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing Include a short note in the email indicating whether or not you want your writing to be posted on the blog for you (if … Continue reading Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song