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Do you come from a background where you grew up speaking or writing in a language other than or in addition to English? If so, you may be interested in applying for PWR’s Studio for multilingual writers, a 1-unit credit/no credit companion course for your PWR 1, ESF, or ITALIC 95W section. In the Studio, you'll continue to develop writing strategies to help you become a more confident writer, both in your writing class and in other contexts.

What is the Studio?

The PWR Studio (PWR 1WS) is a productive space where you and other multilingual student writers can practice writing strategies you can use in PWR 1, 2, and beyond.  With a focus on group workshopping and individual consultations, the  Studio is a 1-unit, credit/no credit course that you take in the same quarter as your PWR 1, ESF, or ITALIC writing section.  The Studio has no required coursework or outside-of-class assignments.

In the Studio, you'll work in collaboration with your instructor and a community of other multilingual first-year writers on developing strategies essential to writing situations in PWR 1 and beyond, such as: 

  • developing your writing style
  • interpreting and acting on assignment prompts and instructor feedback
  • reading texts critically
  • developing your brainstorming and drafting process
  • finding, evaluating, and managing sources
  • organizing a long essay
  • improving your research and revision strategies 

When is the Studio next offered?

  • Fall quarter 2022 Tuesdays 1:30pm-2:50pm, with Dr. Jennifer Johnson - Application opens September 2 and closes September 22 at 5pm -- Results emailed by 5PM on September 23
  • Winter quarter 2023: Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:50pm with Dr. Norah Fahim - Application opens December 7 and closes December 19 -- Results emailed January 3
  • Spring quarter 2023: Thursdays 9:30am-11:00am with Dr. Tesla Schaeffer - Application opens March 3 and closes March 17 -- Results emailed March 21

How do I apply?

The fall application cycle is now closed; if you are still interested in joining the fall Studio, email for information.  Applications for the winter studio open on December 7.

When you apply to the Studio, you will be asked to respond to a short series of questions, including:

  • Describe your identity as a multilingual writer.  Tell us about your experience writing/speaking in more than one language. (200 words max)
  • Explain why you would like to enroll in the PWR 1 Studio.  What would you like to learn? (200 words max)

Questions?  Email