The GWC is open for summer!

By Lauren Hammond |

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is now open for summer for all your writing needs! We are here to help you throughout any step of your writing process, whether it be brainstorming a first draft or refining a hopeful final draft.

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Pictured: Us saying "hi" and welcoming you to our summer consultation schedule! 

We are excited to connect with you! Below are all the details you need to set up an appointment for a one-on-one writing consultation.

When? Are hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM.

Where? You can schedule an appointment time with one of our consultants on WConline and attend our remote sessions via Skype.

How? After your appointment has been booked, be sure to email with an attachment of the document you want to discuss (preferably as a Google doc) as well as your Skype address prior to the start of your session. Then, a few minutes before the start of your appointment, send a message to the Graduate Writing Center Skype account, gradwritingcenter. Your consultant will then begin the Skype call at the start of your appointment time.

Who do we support? We are happy to support all UCR graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

What do we assist with? We are excited to be able to assist you on a variety of documents. Below are some of the most common:

  • journal articles
  • CVs and resumes
  • abstracts
  • grant/fellowship applications
  • teaching philosophy statements
  • and, of course, much more!

Meet our summer consultants who are excitedly waiting for you to make an appointment:

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Pictured: We're excited to see you in your next GWC session!

Lauren Hammond, the GWC's Lead Consultant, is currently a PhD student in English, focusing on the materiality of gender, sexuality, and identity in the punk subculture. Lauren received her BA in Literature and Writing at California State University, San Marcos and her MA in English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU). In the past, she has worked as a rhetoric and writing instructor for SDSU. In her continued studies as a graduate student, Lauren enjoys working as a university teaching associate, research assistant, copy editor, writing consultant, and standardized test preparation instructor.

Nicole Ku’uleinapuananiolikoawapuhimelemeleolani Furtado is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the English Department at UCR. Nicole received her B.A. in English from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and her M.A. in English at UC Riverside. She is of Kānaka Maoli heritage and is from Nānākuli, Hawaiʻi. Her research interests are in Speculative Fiction, Indigenous Studies, Digital Art, Disability Studies, Science & Technology Studies, and Decolonial Futurities. In addition to teaching English in academia, Nicole has recently taught specialized literature courses in the art community of Los Angeles, CA. Nicole’s prior writing center experience was in the University of Hawaii school system for three years. In her free time, Nicole enjoys visiting art exhibitions, going hiking, and spending sunny days at the beach.

Crystal Hua is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at UC Riverside (UCR). She completed her BA in English and BS in Biology at UCR. Her research focuses on the human health effects associated with electronic cigarette use. Crystal has been awarded numerous fellowships/grants and scholarships during her academic career. For her graduate studies, Crystal was the recipient of a competitive Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and Cornelius Hopper Diversity Fellowship. Prior to college, Crystal attended the California State Summer School for the Arts and studied memoir writing/poetry. She enjoys helping students in various disciplines improve their writing.

Nina Mandracchia is a PhD student in School Psychology. Her research focuses on the successful integration of technology into current school psychology and teacher practices through training. Prior to coming to UCR, Nina received her B.A. from Columbia University in Psychology and Business Management. 

Quyen Pham (she/they) is an MFA candidate in the UCR Creative Writing Program. Her fiction explores kinship and estrangement in diasporic communities. A two-time previous Fulbright recipient, her current research interests are Asian North American literature and science fiction poetics. She is a Canadian transplant to California and, in her free time, enjoys suburban sightseeing for Riverside's stray cats, peacocks, and donkeys.

Gary Qin is a second-year Ph.D. student in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. He received his B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and B.A. in English from the University of Washington. He was previously a writing consultant and lead tutor at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center at the University of Washington. His current research focuses on freshwater ecology and ecological sustainability and governance in social-ecological systems. In his free time, Gary enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants and cafes, working out, and attending live music concerts.

Leah Washburn is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the English Department at UCR. She received her BA in English-Creative Writing from Rhodes College and her MFA in fiction from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include postmodernism, contemporary fiction, speculative fiction, game studies, media studies, and narrative studies. During graduate studies, she has taught composition and creative writing classes, and during undergraduate work, she worked as a Rhodes College Writing Fellow for 3 years. Leah is a capital-N nerd. She spends free hours reading, writing, and collecting more dice for her games.

If you'd like to learn more about how the GWC works, check out our Policies & FAQ page or email the coordinator, Alexis Smith, with any questions. We look forward to working with you this summer!