Amy Propen
Janet Mizrahi
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Interested in the Professional Writing Minor? Come to the Professional Writing Minor Info...

Join IHC and the Writing Program as we welcome this year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence acclaimed naturalist and writer Helen Macdonald. She is the author of three books, including Shaler’s Fish (2001), Falcon (2006), and H is for Hawk (2014), winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, the Costa Book Award, and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. 

  • Students and Mentors at the Letter Exchange Campus Event

On November 16, the ninth annual Writing Program Outreach Committee’s letter exchange project...

The UCSB Writing Program was honored to host a discussion with novelist and essayist Zadie Smith during her visit to UCSB on November 29th and 30th. Her visit was sponsored by UCSB’s Arts and Lectures. 

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UCSB Writing Program
South Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara CA 93106-3010


Writing for academic, professional, and civic life

In the UCSB Writing Program, students study and practice writing in academic, civic, and professional contexts.

Undergraduate courses focus on study of and practice with writing expected by different audiences. Lower division courses help students develop foundational critical writing, reading, research, and analysis strategies.

Upper division courses concentrate on the study and practice of writing in specific academic, professional, and civic contexts as well as on the study of writing as an academic discipline.

The Program also offers a Professional Writing Minor and opportunities for undergraduates and graduates to conduct independent research with expert faculty.

The Writing Program supports graduate education with graduate-level classes, writing workshops, and courses focusing on writing theory and pedagogy. The Program also offers a Ph.D. emphasis in Writing Studies for students in select departments.

Awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence