Writing Resources

Welcome to School of Social Work Writing Resources Office. My name is Chris Kilgore, and my goal is to provide superlative writing-related assistance to students in the BSW, MSW, and PhD programs. From outlining and brainstorming to proofreading and APA formatting, I offer programs specifically tailored to the kinds of writing tasks you will be facing in the School of Social Work.

New:  Full-service online Writing Guide To Social WorkClick here to start reading!

At present, I provide the following services for students:

One-on-One Consultations
Presentations and Seminars
Online Guides
In addition, I also provide some Services for Instructors

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or requests for writing resources here in the School of Social work.

Dr. Chris Kilgore
Writing Resource Coordinator
OFFICE OF ADVISING & STUDENT SUCCESS: A-319C
kilgorec@uta.edu

One-on-One Consultations

I’m available to discuss any aspect of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to proofreading and APA style. It’s often best to schedule an appointment with me by emailing me at kilgorec@uta.edu – I’m available for appointments during business hours, Monday Through Thursday. I also hold office hours for walk-in consultation. (Note: I can’t proofread a whole paper—there are 1800 students in social work, and just one of me!—but I can do a few pages and give you some patterns to look for).

Fall 2014 Walk-In and Virtual Office Hours:

Monday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm
Tuesday: 10am-Noon, 1-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm
Wednesday at the Fort Worth Center: 4:30-6pm
Thursday: 10-Noon, 1-5pm
Friday by Appointment/Email

If a meeting in person doesn’t work for your schedule, or if you’re enrolled in a Distance Education program, I’m available for meetings via email and via Virtual Office Hours on Blackboard Collaborate (it works much like Skype but with more tools). I usually respond to quick questions within 24 hours, but sometimes it may take me longer to get to a draft, so start early—things get busier as deadlines approach! You can reach me at kilgorec@uta.edu

There are also several further resources available:
Live and Recorded Online Webinars (Coming Soon!)
Virtual Office Hours for Distance Education Students (Coming Soon!)
Library Tutorials and Guides
The University Writing Center (Run by the English Department)

Presentations and Seminars

Each semester I hold several seminars and presentations to prepare us for the writing tasks we’ll be accomplishing in Social Work courses.

This is the Fall 2014 Schedule:


The Write Stuff: 2 Options
THURSDAY, 9/4 - 4:30-5:30pm, SOCW A317
TUESDAY, 9/9, Noon-1pm, GACB 118
In this presentation, we’ll have an opportunity to talk about how to prepare, write, revise, and proofread effectively. I’ll have some best-practices and exercises to present, but mostly I’ll come prepared to answer your questions about writing, citing, and revising. This presentation is BYO Food…

APA Style for Social Work: With Guest Speaker, APA Librarian Jody Bailey - 2 Options
TUESDAY, 9/30 – Noon-1:30pm, GACB 118
THURSDAY, 10/2 – 4:30-6pm, SOCW A317
These presentations will cover useful tips and guidelines for using APA style in your social-work courses. The same presentation is being offered at two different times, to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Be sure to bring your APA Style Manual to this presentation, along with all your questions! This presentation is BYO Food…

Online Guides

A Writing Guide For Social Work

Click here to get started!

This guide provides a comprehensive resource for writing in the Social Work discipline. It covers everything from the nature of Social Work writing and research to the nitty-gritty details of grammar, proofreading, and APA style, and it lives right here on the social work website, so you can access it from anywhere.

In addition, each semester our APA Librarian Jody Bailey provides a presentation on APA style for social work (see the section above). Here is the file from the presentations she gave in Spring 2014: Download PDF

Services for Instructors

In addition to services for students, I’m also here to help out with any of the tasks associated with writing assignments, including assignment development, tips and tricks for speedy grading, anti-plagiarism measures, and writing issues with online courses. I’ve taught eight years’ worth of writing-intensive composition courses, both in person and online, and I’ve studied composition theory, so I can offer some time-tested and evidence-based strategies, in the following formats:

Individual Consultations: Feel free to make an appointment or just stop by to discuss any writing-related matters. I hold office hours daily, 9-Noon and 1-5pm.

In-Class Presentations: I’m available to talk directly to your class about any writing-related issues. I can give a brief (15 minute) informational talk about the University’s writing resources, or a more in-depth (30 minute) discussion of what it means to write in social work classes. Just contact me via email at kilgorec@uta.edu to set up a visit.

Additional Writing Support: I’m also available to consult on specific student issues, from plagiarism to comprehensive writing difficulties. Again, just contact me via email to set up an appointment, or stop by in person.

Presentation: Let's Talk about Writing THURSDAY, 1/23, 11:30-12:30, SOCW B107
This is a discussion about assigning and responding to student writing; bring your own best practices to share with instructors and faculty.

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