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Coming to UCSB: Embark on a Virtual Excavation in Rome

Coming to UCSB: Embark on a Virtual Excavation in Rome

History of Art and Architecture professor Claudia Moser and Writing Program lecturer Christian Thomas have received a $94,000 grant from UC Santa Barbara’s Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) to develop an interactive, game-based course called Rome: The Game. The lower division course, which will be available to students in winter 2021, is an introduction to the art, archaeology, and history of ancient Rome, with an emphasis on writing and research.

The Risks and Rewards of Environmental Journalism

The Risks and Rewards of Environmental Journalism

The job of an environmental journalists is to take the scientific language of research studies and clarify it in a concise manner for the general public. It is their responsibility to inform the public on the current state of the environment. 

In a recent interview, Kayla Curtis-Evans shared what drew her to pursue this field and what she plans to achieve in the future.

Debunking the Myth of the Starving Artist

Debunking the Myth of the Starving Artist

“‘You won’t make any money.’ It’s a myth all creatives hear constantly and one that up until my second year of college I believed to be true.”

In her piece, Tatiana [LAST NAME] discovers through the Humanities and Fine Arts, and specifically a Film and Media Studies course on media criticism, that her creativity not only applies to the hobbies that fill up her free time, but is also a viable skill that could contribute to a future career path.

Ellen O’Connell Whittet: Writing for the Future of Ballet

Ellen O’Connell Whittet: Writing for the Future of Ballet

UCSB Writing Program lecturer Ellen O’Connell Whittet examines the art and tradition of ballet, with the critical eye of a writer and the perspective of a former ballerina. In this interview, she discusses her experience as a dancer and her memoir, which explores the intersection of feminism and ballet.

 Ilene Miele: Inspiring Peer Publication

Ilene Miele: Inspiring Peer Publication

In an interview, UCSB writing professor Ilene Miele discusses Starting Lines, a yearly compilation of student work used to teach future writing students. Miele describes the motivation behind the launch of the publication and its impact on the lives of hundreds of students and alumni alike.

Poetry for All: U.S. Poet Laureate Visits UCSB

Poetry for All: U.S. Poet Laureate Visits UCSB

The 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith came to visit UC Santa Barbara to share her poems and writing process. Before her talk in UCSB’s Campbell Hall, she spoke to poets and aspiring student poets at the Old Little Theatre in The College of Creative Studies, where Writing, English and Literature students asked questions about her inspiring poetry journey.

From 'Required' to Inspired: How a humanities course changed my path

From 'Required' to Inspired: How a humanities course changed my path

“Like many students, I did not anticipate picking up a minor,” Hannah Lewry writes. Then she stumbled upon the Professional Writing Minor after taking a course that she thought would merely fulfilling a UC Santa Barbara writing requirement. Instead, she found a niche for herself and a stepping stone for a future career.

LAUNCH: UCSB's Journalism Certificate Program

LAUNCH: UCSB's Journalism Certificate Program

UC Santa Barbara launched a Journalism Certificate Program this fall, the first time the university has offered a credential in that field. The new program grants certification through a combination of courses from the Writing Program and Professional & Continuing Education, formerly known of as UCSB Extension. The program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain hands-on journalism experience. Currently, Berkeley is the only UC campus with a journalism school, and it is primarily a graduate school.

The application for the International Reporting course, which includes a trip to Berlin, is due December 5, 2018.

Chronicled: A Journalism Career Begins

Chronicled: A Journalism Career Begins

“The news that I was one of the 20 accepted could not have come at a better time in my life,” said college journalist Alondra Sierra of her acceptance into the Chronicle of Higher Education’s journalism workshop.

The Chronicle is the largest newspaper in the nation to cover higher education. This past summer, Sierra was among 20 college journalists from across the U.S to attend its two-day reporting workshop, all expenses paid. Now, back at UC Santa Barbara, Sierra is continuing to take journalism course through the Writing Program as part of the new Journalism Certificate program.

Writing Through Trauma to Help Others: An Author Breaks Stereotypes about Mental Illness

Writing Through Trauma to Help Others: An Author Breaks Stereotypes about Mental Illness

Author and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison recently addressed UC Santa Barbara Writing Program students and community members about the commonly misunderstood topic of mood disorders.

Humanities, she said, are vital because they help people to understand one another, and when people are quiet about their struggles, those struggles may seem abnormal and frightening to the rest of society. “One of the great things that can be done is to write,” she said as she scanned the small room full of young writers who had gathered for a creative workshop.

The following evening in Campbell Hall, Jamison discussed bipolar disorder in the context of her personal experience and professional career.

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Charles Bazerman

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Charles Bazerman

After more than 50 years of research and teaching, Charles Bazerman's contributions have left a tangible effect on the international community of writing educators.

This week, UCSB’s Writing Program is honoring Bazerman for generously funding the "Charles Bazerman Endowed Faculty Fellowship for Professional Development in Writing,” which will amount to $300,000 in support for continuing lecturers in the Writing Program to further their research. A reception is set for 4 p.m, at Mosher Alumni House with a talk by colleague and Writing Program Lecturer Katie Baillargeon.