Special Programs

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. 


Current Events/Programs


NCWCA ConferenceNCWCA Call for Proposals 

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

We are now accepting proposals. Visit sjsu.edu/ncwca for more information! 



Past Events/Programs

The events listed below already took place during the fall 2018 semester. 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-Themed Haiku ContestSJSU-Themed Haiku Contest

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


Super Short Scary Stories ContestSuper Short Scary Stories Contest Flier

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)

When:Speaking English Group
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. 

Downloadable Flier


Graduate Writing RetreatGraduate Writing Retreat Flier

Friday, 10/5, 2:00-6:30
Saturday, 10/6, 9:30-6:30
Sunday, 10/7, 3:00-7:30

Student Union 

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. 

Downloadable Flier


Practically Speaking

When:Practically Speaking Flier
Every Wednesday from October 10 to November 14
10/10, 4:30-6:00
10/17, 4:30-6:00
10/24, 4:30-6:00
10/31, 4:30-6:00
11/7, 4:30-6:00
11/14, 4:30-6:00

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.  

Downloadable Flier


Transfer Student Midterm Writing Help

When:Transfer Student Midterm Writing Help Flier
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! 

Downloadable Flier