In addition to our tutoring services, workshop offerings, and online resources, the SJSU Writing Center also offers a variety of special events and programs every semester. Check this page for details, including any necessary registration information.
Writing for the Public
A free drop-in workshop program for faculty and graduate students writing their own OpEds for publication or creating OpEd assignments for their courses.
Location: IRC 101
February 21, 10:30-11:45
March 7, 10:30-11:45
March 21, 10:30-11:45
April 11, 10:30-11:45
April 25, 10:30-11:45
May 9, 10:30-11:45
The events listed below already took place. We will be offering some of them again in the future, so please check this page and our social media accounts for updated information!
SJSU April Poetry Writing Contest
Join us in celebrating Earth Day and National Poetry Month. Write an acrostic poem related to the environment or Earth Day. An acrostic poem has one letter on each line to spell a word.
Water of life
Separate contests with prizes for students and staff/faculty. Each contest will have a winner and two runners up. First place will be a poetry book of your choice and Writing Center goodies. The runners up will receive a writing journal and Writing Center goodies. Winning entries will be posted on our social media on April 24.
Deadline: April 21 by 11:59 pm
Student Submissions: tinyurl.com/sp19poemstudentcontest
Faculty/Staff Submissions: tinyurl.com/sp19poemfacstaffcontest
An event that allows you to get in touch with your creative side. A chance to take part in writing a story with the SJSU community. There will be multiple story prompts to choose from, and then each student will write a line to add to the story. At the end, there will be four different stories written by many people. Participation prizes included.
Location: Outside of Clark Hall
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 12:30-2:30
The SJSU Writing Center will be hosting the Northern California Writing Centers Association (NCWCA) Conference.
April 5, 2019, Half-day pre-conference workshop
April 6, 2019, Full-day conference
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
The final registration deadline is March 29, 2019 by 11:59 PM PST. Visit sjsu.edu/ncwca for more information!
Coffee with the Tutors
Stop by our Clark Hall location to chat with some of the Writing Center tutors over
coffee, tea, and light refreshments!
Location: Clark Hall 124
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 10am-3pm
How to Structure an Accomplishment Statement
Visit us to learn the right writing skills needed to structure better Accomplishment Statements in your resume by engaging in a fun and challenging activity.
Location: In Front of Clark Hall
When: Tuesday, March 19, 11 am - 2 pm
Location: Clark Hall
February 20 - March 27, Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:00
March 5 - April 16, Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30
March 8 - April 19, Fridays, 3:30 - 5:00
Application Deadline: February 6
A free two-day writing retreat for graduate students working on long-term projects,
such as theses, research papers, and literature reviews. Participants will do a prep
meeting, write individually, do collaborative discussions, and learn writing strategies.
Food and coffee will be provided.
Location: Clark Hall
When: March 2 - March 3, 8:30am to 6:30 p.m. each day
Application Deadline: February 10
The Writing Center invites all SJSU staff, faculty, and students to submit up to three SJSU-themed haiku to our Instagram contest. All first and second place winners will see their haiku illustrated on Instagram on Thursday, November 29. The student first place prize is a $20 Spartan Gift Card. The student runner-up will receive a $10 Spartan Gift Card. All gift cards are redeemable on campus only. Faculty prizes will also be announced on November 29.
- Submissions will be accepted until November 27.
- Only THREE (3) haiku are allowed per person.
- Submissions must be SJSU-themed
Submit your haiku at tinyurl.com/sjsuhaikus.
The SJSU Writing Center and the Poets & Writers Coalition invite all SJSU students to write a three-sentence scary short story in honor of October. First place wins a $30 Spartan Gift Card. Two runner-ups will receive a $20 Spartan Gift Card. All gift cards are redeemable on campus only.
- Submissions will be accepted until October 25 at 11:59pm.
- Only ONE (1) entry is allowed per person.
- Submissions must be no more than three sentences.
Be scary! Submit stories at bit.ly/scarywc.
Speaking English Group (SEG)
2nd and 4th Wednesdays in September and October
9/12, 1:30-2:30, "Casual vs. Formal English"
9/26, 1:30-2:30, "English Idioms"
10/10, 1:30-2:30, "Culture Shock in Writing"
10/24, 1:30-2:30, "University Life & Goal Setting"
Clark Hall 124
"SEG" is a Speaking English Group run by the SJSU Writing
Center. We offer free coffee and a space for international
and bilingual students along with other members of the
SJSU community to explore topics relating to English,
academic life, and professional success. We will provide
free coffee for participants.
Friday, 10/5, 2:00-6:30
Saturday, 10/6, 9:30-6:30
Sunday, 10/7, 3:00-7:30
The Graduate Writing Retreat is a three-day retreat for graduate students working on long-term projects, such as theses, research, and literature reviews. Participants will individually write, do collaborative discussions, and learn writing and goal-setting strategies. We will provide food
and coffee for participants.
Every Wednesday from October 10 to November 14
Clark Hall 124
"Practically Speaking" is a free six-week cohort experience for graduate students to improve their impromptu public speaking skills in preparation for courses, conferences, job
interviews, and professional daily life.
Transfer Student Midterm Writing Help
Monday, 10/15, 3:10-7:00
Clark Hall 126
This event will be a space for SJSU transfer undergraduate and graduate students to receive drop-in 20-minute writing sessions, food, and coffee. Students are welcome to stop by anytime!