Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for books, articles, and journals. Each citation is followed by a brief paragraph that is usually about 100-150 words. The purpose of the paragraph is to describe and evaluate the quality of the sources cited.  Not to be confused with abstracts, which are descriptive summaries found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles, annotations describe the author’s … Continue reading Annotated Bibliographies

Writing Personal Narratives for Grad School

As I’m winding down on my time at UCLA, I can’t help but think about the future, which involves applying for law school. To be honest, I’m a bit intimidated by the whole process because I keep remembering how stressful it was to apply for college. Below are some tips that I’m going to keep in mind as I navigate the law school/ post-grad application … Continue reading Writing Personal Narratives for Grad School

On Writing: Writing and Reading during the Pandemic

This is not humanity’s first pandemic, nor will it be the last. From the Bible to the Canterbury Tales to Albert Camus’ The Plague to countless zombie or outbreak horror films, disease and sickness has a particular place in the human imagination. Sickness often puts us in a place where we are forced to be with ourselves. A recent factoid has been floating around, in … Continue reading On Writing: Writing and Reading during the Pandemic

On Writing: What's the tea with semicolons?

One of the trickiest marks of punctuation that I constantly come across is the semicolon (;). The uses of the semicolon are often so nuanced and specific that many writers choose not to implement it in their pieces. However, when used accurately, this little mark can elevate your writing and increase your level of sentence variability. Generally, semicolons are used to create more separation between … Continue reading On Writing: What's the tea with semicolons?

On Writing: How to Approach Stage/Screenwriting

Over the past two years, I’ve developed an interest in stage and screenwriting. I decided to take screenwriting classes here in UCLA as well as read more books about different approaches in this art. I also learned from my own personal experiences as a previous assistant director to now director, a member of a theatre company, and from my position in the Writing Success Program. … Continue reading On Writing: How to Approach Stage/Screenwriting

On Writing: Mistakes You Should Try to Stop Making

Writing isn’t easy. Believe me, I know.  But, each person needs to learn how to communicate fluently via the written word, especially if you’re entering a professional environment where this skill is necessary. I am someone who cringes at every grammar mistake or misspelling. So, whenever I find a mistake in a professor or counselor’s email, I always chuckle a bit at this irony: This … Continue reading On Writing: Mistakes You Should Try to Stop Making

Creating a Writing Portfolio

Our recent Resume and Cover Letter workshop sparked an interest in me to research writing portfolios. One of my friends has been posting links to important writing pieces that he has done on his resume, which seemed cluttered and inefficient so we looked at different online writing portfolios to draw inspiration from. Here are some pros and cons of some of the ones we looked … Continue reading Creating a Writing Portfolio

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On Writing: History of Singular ‘They’ in English

There is a lot of discourse today on the subject of pronouns, and rightfully so. Many paradigms about gender and its expression are changing. Needless to say, some folks are taking this as hard to swallow. A common argument or quell against a more inclusive and functional system of pronouns in modern English is an appeal to grammar: “There’s no singular use for ‘they’! ‘They’ … Continue reading On Writing: History of Singular ‘They’ in English

Destroy the Power of White, my tip on conquering writer’s block

I recently had a great conversation with a friend of mine about the state of her creative mind; she seemed to be in a creative funk. Not quite knowing where you want to begin and not yet having a direction of where you want to go can be frustrating for any artist. For writers, we even have coined the term writer’s block to reify this … Continue reading Destroy the Power of White, my tip on conquering writer’s block

Writing: Guided Journaling

As a college student involved in multiple organizations and extracurriculars, my schedule is pretty packed. It’s always hard for me to find time to journal and figure out my thoughts so after many trials and errors, I figured out how to brain-dump efficiently. Guided journaling doesn’t feel like it allows you to write out our thoughts and to be honest, it’s not. It’s not if … Continue reading Writing: Guided Journaling

Daily Tidbit: Star Wars

I can’t stop thinking about the ways in which the disappointing, canon-breaking writing in the new Star Wars movie hurt me. It’s been bugging me for most of winter break! I feel inspired to try my way at screenwriting just to rectify my unsettled feelings. But, as a brand-new and very busy quarter distracts me from my Lucasfilms-fueled pain, I’ll look back instead for advice … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Star Wars

On Writing: Using Journaling to Improve Your Writing

I can’t be the only one who made a New Year’s Resolution. Mine is one that I have tried and failed to do effectively year after year: to journal every day. Keeping a journal benefits students and young writers immensely, helping them to communicate better and to reflect on what matters most to them. Here are a few ways journaling will make your writing better … Continue reading On Writing: Using Journaling to Improve Your Writing

I’ve Never Kept a Consistent Journal, Here’s Why

There is no real secret to the title of this article. The short of it is that I have so ever rarely had the energy at the end of the day to go through my day again meticulously in the form of writing. I once read a good Tweet that said something to the effect of, “I’m extremely intimidated by anyone who keeps a consistent … Continue reading I’ve Never Kept a Consistent Journal, Here’s Why

Marie Kondo Your Writing: Tips on Organization

Recently, a lot of students have been coming into writing sessions and specifically asking for help with the organization of their papers. I find these sessions really interesting because of my love for organizing and sorting things. Here are five different ways you can organize a paper:  Chronological  This is a common way to organize ideas for storytellers and writers and involves organizing ideas in … Continue reading Marie Kondo Your Writing: Tips on Organization

The Policies on Apologies

Apologies can be difficult. There may come a time when you find yourself needing to write an apology to someone who you have wronged or hurt (accidentally or intentionally) whether that would be a friend, significant other, or even foe.  Once you realize what you have done and its effects, brainstorm on what you plan to say to apologize to the other person. Own up … Continue reading The Policies on Apologies

On Writing: Poetry, Yesterday, & Today

Poetry, for many, is a frustrating form of writing. This goes for aspiring poets and those who abhor it alike. It is often perceived as when an author is at their most vulnerable. Pages striped from their diary, their journal, or the recesses of their mind. Luckily, not everything has to be so heavy! The idea that poetry needs to be a Freudian slip on … Continue reading On Writing: Poetry, Yesterday, & Today

Writing on Social Media

With the internet becoming more and more prevalent, social media has become the most popular form of communication across multiple generations. That being said, how people wish to present themselves and/or their respective organizations has become very important. Here are some tips to better engage the online user on social media:  Write with a Purpose: Make the direction of your social media post clear. What … Continue reading Writing on Social Media

Research Tips

With finals heading our way, here are some research tips to help you write that amazing final paper. Books at Young Research Library or Powell Library Books are an underused source of information because they can be hard to obtain, but they’re definitely worth the effort because they provide a good, comprehensive overview of specific topics. I also think they’re easier to understand because authors … Continue reading Research Tips