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.
Events and programs will be announced throughout the 2019-2020 academic year!
Fall 2019 Practically Speaking Seminar
Practically Speaking is a limited seven-week group experience for 14 SJSU graduate students to enhance their impromptu public speaking skills and develop lifelong communication tools for their professional and academic life.
Impromptu speaking is speaking with no preparation for a short time about 1- to 3-minutes. Impromptu speaking is different from giving prepared speeches, where you write and practice a speech before giving it. This group will work on developing the skills needed to speak spontaneously in an organized and compelling way. We will practice speech structure, audience awareness, vocal variety, and body language.
Dates and Times:
October 1, 2019 to November 12, 2019 (Every Tuesday)
3:40 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Clark Hall 124
Application Period: August 21 to September 9 at 5:00pm
Fall 2019 Graduate Writing Retreat
A free three-day weekend retreat for 20 graduate students, within 12 months of graduation, working
on their long-term writing projects, such as theses, research, and literature reviews.
Participants are expected to come each day. Participants will do a prep meeting, write
individually, do collaborative discussions, and learn writing strategies. Food and
The retreat will contain presentations and discussions in the mornings followed by individual writing time, during which each student will independently work on their long-term projects. Students should choose projects that will last during the entire three days.
Dates and Times:
Saturday, October 26, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 2, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Clark Hall 111
Application Period: August 21 to September 16 at 9:00pm
ISSS Writing Workshop Series
The Writing Center is pleased to partner with International Student and Scholar Services
(ISSS) on a series of writing workshops for international students. Other members
of the SJSU community are welcome to join too!
- Emailing Netiquette: Academic and Professional Communication
Friday, September 6, 2019 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Writing Center, Clark Hall Rm. 124
All emails are not created equal. An email to an employer or faculty member should be written in a different style and tone than one to a friend. You want to get it right the first time! This workshop will teach you all about professional and academic emails and appropriate "net etiquette." RSVP
- Un-blurring Plagiarism and Paraphrasing
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Writing Center, Clark Hall Rm. 124
Paraphrasing is an important but tricky skill to master. When does something stop being plagiarism and start being paraphrasing? This workshop provides a range of examples for participants to spot the difference and practice paraphrasing a variety of texts, including materials from STEM and social sciences. RSVP
- PowerPoint like a Pro: Making Slides and Data Visualizations that Don’t Suck
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Writing Center, Clark Hall Rm. 124
Slides and data visualizations can make or break your presentation. This workshop is meant to teach design principles and introduce online tools for non-designers. Before and after examples will be used to showcase how to use color schemes and white space, to contrast elements, and to communicate main ideas effectively. Students should bring their own laptops for the slide redesigning. RSVP
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.
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
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!