The Chicken and the Egg: Reading and Writing

More often than not, students believe that the only way to improve their writing is to use fancy vocabulary words and to memorize arbitrary grammar rules. However, they’ll quickly find that blindly focusing on technical skills is not the answer. Rather, the answer may not even lie in the act of writing itself. Studies show that reading and writing go hand-in-hand: the more you read, … Continue reading The Chicken and the Egg: Reading and Writing

WSP is Hiring for 2017-2018

Be a part of the longest running writing support service on the UCLA campus! If you’re interested in writing, education, leadership, and community building, join the WSP team! We help students develop their voice and become more confident with their academic, personal/creative, and professional writing. We also help our staff become great leaders through working with diverse communities. As a team, the WSP staff works to … Continue reading WSP is Hiring for 2017-2018

What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

UCLA is bringing on the heat this summer. The Bruin campus has been abuzz with activity lately with two professional soccer teams practicing, Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Sports Awards, freshman orientation sessions, a plethora of summer camps, and even an unfounded bomb threat. With so much going on, campus security has stepped it up a notch, leaving some students frustrated with the disturbances. UCLA has blocked … Continue reading What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Writer: Raymond Chandler

Summertime brings to mind three things: high temperatures, Hollywood-style sexual tension, and good, old-fashioned mystery. The High Window by Raymond Chandler delivers it all on a silver ash tray — with colorful characters, a hard-boiled detective, clandestine crime, and witticisms to delight your debonair heart. It’s a classic murder mystery novel, and I can’t believe I only now found out about Chandler considering how much he … Continue reading Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Writer: Raymond Chandler


It’s summer! And whether you’re vacationing at the beach, interning at a company, or just chillaxing at home, summer’s the best time for some good, fun reading. If you don’t know where to start, take part in the #SummerReadingChallenge and try some of WSP’s suggested summer reading. We’ll recommend a new title every week, so you’ll have plenty to look forward to. We wish you … Continue reading #SummerReadingChallenge

Why I am indebted to BruinView

“This is too good to be true.” When I read the job description for WSP’s “Writing and Creativity Counselor” on BruinView, that was my first thought: this is too good to be true. I’d get to help people develop confidence in their writing and writing abilities? AND get paid for it? I didn’t believe it – I never imagined that a job like that could … Continue reading Why I am indebted to BruinView

The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Crazy to imagine that two years ago, my former boss Dennis Santiago, office manager and internship director, was trying to convince me to apply to WSP. I felt very doubtful because I really did not know much about academic writing. I was a creative writer but even then I had a hard time claiming that title. Fortunately I received the job and joined the team … Continue reading The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Introduction to Introductions

Writing the introduction paragraph is always my favorite part of any essay. A good introduction sets the tone and structure of the entire paper. Writing a strong, solid introduction sets your paper up for success. Different styles of papers (i.e., analysis, narrative, research) call for different kinds of introductions. In general, the “funnel” introduction is the most common for papers involving literary analysis. As the … Continue reading Introduction to Introductions

How to Begin an Essay

Topic sentence is one sentence that states what will be proved in your paragraph. It includes the title of the piece of literature and its author. General statement, major statements, major reasons are referring to a one-sentence subtopic of the topic sentence. For example, if your topic sentence states that University of California, Los Angeles is a great university to attend for your future, your … Continue reading How to Begin an Essay

Spring 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or medical school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before summer begins. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday from 11AM to 5PM, Tuesday from 12PM to … Continue reading Spring 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

“Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 these past four weeks. The original song was already in the top Latin charts, however this version didn’t include Bieber. The first version of the song features Daddy Yankee and the entire song is sung in Spanish, while the second one does include Bieber who brings … Continue reading “Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Here’s a problem that has plagued literature lovers through the years: you like reading, but books are expensive. How do you satisfy your bibliophilia if you don’t have money? While the library used to be the go-to place for penny-pinching readers in the past, the Internet is the modern poor reader’s lifeblood. From blogs to poetry to short stories to full-length novels, the Internet makes … Continue reading Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency