UWC Presentations provides cross-disciplinary writing support for student writers. Our presentations have been developed in-house over the past 35 years and updated regularly.
Our presenters are graduate students who work for us as writing consultants. They typically present to more than 100 UT classes and more than 4,000 students annually. In 2019-2020, our presentations team reached students in 10 colleges and 35 different departments.
If desired, we will train instructors and TAs to deliver any of our presentations on their own. We also offer pedagogy-focused trainings, such as Improving Responses to Student Writing, to help instructors refine their approach to supporting student writers.
Interested in other ways the UWC can support you? Head over to our How We Help page to find out about all the services available to you at the UWC.
We offer presentations that can be requested from 8am-6pm throughout the long sessions and 8am-5pm during the summer sessions. We do our best to accommodate every instructor’s first date/time preferences. The Presentations Coordinators will contact you if we are not able to accommodate the time you requested.
All presentations must be requested at least two weeks in advance. We do our best to accommodate all presentation requests, but we may not be able to accommodate requests sent on short notice. If you want to request a presentation or workshop outside of our regular hours, please contact the Presentations Coordinators.
We require the requesting instructor or TA to be present during the presentation. We’ve found that students get the most out of presentations and workshops when their TA or instructor is present to field class- and assignment-specific questions, and to explain how a particular presentation or workshop is specifically relevant to class material. Please do not request a presentation for a day you know you will have to miss class.
We typically cannot accommodate multiple repeat presentations for multi-section courses. Instead, you can request one presentation for a general lecture meeting, or we can train your TAs so they can deliver the presentation for their respective sections. If you have questions, please contact the Presentations Coordinators.
To get the most out of a presentation, students should bring note-taking materials. For revision and peer review workshops, they should have paper copies of their most recent drafts and writing utensils in three different colors.
In accordance with the university’s decision to transition to online instruction, the University Writing Center will be hosting all scheduled and future presentations online. Presentations will now take place via Zoom using the voice audio and share screen functions. We ask that instructors create a Zoom meeting prior to requesting a presentation and provide the meeting link in the presentation booking form.
To schedule a Zoom meeting:
- Go to utexas.zoom.us
- Click sign in
- Click schedule a new meeting
- Set the date and time of the presentation or your normal class time
- Click save
- Copy and paste the meeting ID
- Paste the meeting ID into the presentation booking form in the appropriate answer box
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. The Presentations Team is still committed to serving you and your students.
- Developing Writing Partnerships (40-50min) (general, graduate)
This is a presentation that gives suggestions on how to select an accountability partner, provides a structure for keeping holding you and your partner accountable, and outlines strategies for setting and keeping goals using mental contrasting.
- How to Conduct Peer Review (interactive workshop) (graduate)
- Peer Review (45-50min) (general, teachers, undergrad)
This workshop is a version of the Revising Essays and Research Papers workshop that has been modified for peer review. It is applicable to thesis-driven essays and papers that focus on non-experimental research. During a Peer Review workshop, a UWC presenter will lead your students through a peer review process in which they will read a partner’s paper and review it for the clarity and coherence of its thesis, main claims, evidence, analysis, and conclusion. Students should have a peer review partner and should come prepared with 1) a paper copy of their draft to share with their partner and 2) writing utensils in at least three different colors.
- Peer Review (45-50min) Presenter Template (general, teachers, undergrad)
- Writing Groups (45-50min) (general, graduate)
Designed for graduate students, this is a presentation that introduces the benefits of writing groups, which provide structure, accountability and encouragement. The presentation includes an overview of the UWC’s group services for graduate writers, strategies for asking for help with writing and giving feedback on others’ work, and ideas for how to start your own writing group. This presentation is available for graduate seminars, orientation events, or informal student-led groups.
- Improving Responses to Student Writing (45-50min) ()
In the University Writing Center, many of our consultants and administrative staff members are also instructors at UT Austin. Accordingly, in addition to supporting student writers, we also offer support for instructors and teaching assistants who are responsible for responding to student writing. Our 45-50 minute Improving Responses to Student Writing presentation outlines strategies that instructors and teaching assistants can use to maximize the effectiveness of the feedback they give their students. Please request your Improving Responses to Student Writing presentation at least two weeks in advance.
Research Papers and Lab Reports
- Writing Lab Reports (45-50min) (general, graduate, undergrad)
This is a presentation that discusses best practices for planning, creating, and revising lab reports in the hard and social sciences. It covers the different sections of a report (title, abstract, materials and methods, etc.) and details the goals of each. It also advises students on cultivating the concise, direct, and active sentence-level style that is particularly important in science writing.
- Writing Research Papers (30-40min) (general, undergrad)
This is a presentation that is applicable to research papers that argue specific thesis statements or answer non-experimental research questions. It outlines how to plan, create, structure, and revise research papers, with a focus on constructing arguments. It closely resembles the Writing in Process presentation, but focuses more closely on successful paragraphing, supporting claims, and integrating evidence.
- Avoiding Plagiarism (25-35 min) (general, graduate, undergrad)
- Avoiding Plagiarism (25-35 min) Activity (general, graduate, undergrad)
This is a handout that accompanies a presentation on avoiding plagiarism.
- Graduate Services at the UWC (15-20 min) (general, graduate)
This is a presentation that introduces the UWC’s new services for graduate students, including consultations, writing groups, retreats, and workshops. It is available for graduate seminars, orientation events, and informal graduate student groups. Printed brochures on UWC Graduate Services are also available upon request.
- Introduction to the UWC (10-15 min) (general, undergrad)
Showing your writing to a stranger can be intimidating. To help students feel more comfortable about coming to the UWC, many instructors invite one of our consultants to their class to give a ten-minute presentation. This is a presentation that provides all the essential details about the center (hours, location and policies) and allows students to ask questions about how we can meet their individual needs. If requested, we can provide UWC bookmarks and copies of a “Getting the Most from your visit to the UWC” handout which details what students should expect when visiting.
- Writing in Process (15-30min) (general, undergrad)
This is a presentation that focuses on the basics of writing college-level papers. It is applicable to writing in all academic genres and all disciplines. We walk students through strategies for writing planning, for creating and structuring papers, and for revising papers. This presentation is particularly effective for new college students and for students in Writing Flag courses or other courses that require at least one major writing assignment.
- Revising Essays and Research Papers (45-50min) (general, undergrad)
This is an interactive workshop applicable to thesis-driven essays and papers that focus on non-experimental research. Specifically, it asks students to locate and think critically about the essential elements of their papers: introduction, thesis/research question, body paragraphs, claims, evidence, conclusion. It also provides tips for sentence level editing and clean-up. Students should come prepared with 1) a paper copy of their draft and 2) writing utensils in at least three different colors.
- Sentence Clarity (45-50min) (undergrad)
This is a presentation that offers simple and straightforward advice for writing clear, direct sentences without resorting to complicated grammar rules. It also includes activities for students to practice the discussed writing strategies. The UWC will provide activity handouts, and the presenter will review the answers, as well as the process for arriving at the answers.
- Sentence Clarity (45-50min) Activity (general, teachers, undergrad)
- Transitioning from College Writing to Graduate Writing (45-50 min) (general, graduate)
Designed for graduate students, this is a presentation that addresses many of the common challenges of transitioning to graduate-level writing, including: working in new genres, determining your audience’s expectations, and tackling long, complex projects. We suggest solutions to these challenges and introduce the UWC’s services for graduate writers. This presentation is available for graduate seminars, orientation events, or informal student-led groups.
- Transitioning from High School to University-Level Writing (45-50min) (general, undergrad)
This is a presentation that introduces students to some of the salient expectations and conventions of university-level writing. It explores the key differences between high school and college-level and gives students an opportunity to raise questions and concerns regarding college writing standards. This presentation prepares students to close read assignment prompts and scholarly articles. It also dispels certain “myths” that new college students tend to believe about writing, such as “good writers write quickly and effortlessly.”
- Writing Abstracts (45-50min) (general, undergrad)
The is a presentation that provides students with the definition and purpose of abstracts, as well as strategies and tips to compose their abstract for an intended audience. This presentation is also equipped with a workshop activity that allows students to jumpstart their writing process in class. The activity shows students how to pull information from their larger work to draft content for their abstract. If students have not yet drafted their larger work, or if you feel this activity does not fit for your class, please let your presenter know. Please keep in mind that skipping the activity will shorten the presentation.
- Writing Literature Reviews (25-35min) (general, undergrad)
This is a presentation that is divided into three parts. The first part walks students through the basics of writing a literature review by explaining how conventions and expectations vary across disciplines, and asks students questions about their current project to jumpstart their brainstorming process. The second part introduces students to common challenges we often face when writing literature reviews, and the third part offers multiple solutions to these challenges. The presentation concludes with a “Further Reading” list, directing students to other helpful source material.
- Writing Personal Statements (35-45min) (general, undergrad)
This is a presentation that prepares undergraduate students to develop and write effective personal statements for internal transfers, graduate school, medical school, law school and beyond. The presentation covers topics such as common concerns, audience, approaching the prompt, and drafting. This presentation also provides students with other campus resources willing to review and offer suggestions regarding the content in personal statements.
- Writing Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters (45-50min) (general, graduate, undergrad)
This is a presentation that positions the resume, CV, and cover letter as persuasive documents, and provides writers with strategies for constructing effective materials. In this presentation, we will explain the purpose of each document, review the general structure of each document, and suggest methods for generating material content. This presentation uses resume, CV, and cover letter examples as a reference to help students visualize the layout of their materials. This presentation also provides students with a bank of section headings and action verbs they can use to describe and organize contributions to previous work/academic experiences.