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Writing Resources

Writing Resources

The goal of the Writing Resources Office 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, we offer programs specifically tailored to the kinds of writing tasks you will be facing in the School of Social Work.

We also offer assistance to faculty and staff 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.

  • One-on-One Consultations

    Dr. Kilgore is available to discuss any aspect of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to proofreading and APA style. Use the links under "Get In Touch" (to the right) to schedule in-person or virtual-office appointments, or request an email appointment.

    Fall 2017 Walk-In and Virtual Office Hours

    Monday: 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm
    Tuesday: 10am-12:30pm,1:30-7pm
    Wednesday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm
    Thursday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm
    Thursday at Fort Worth Center: 4:30-7pm
    Friday: by appointment/Email

  • Online Resources

    A Writing Guide For Social Work
    This guide provides a comprehensive resource for writing in the Social Work discipline.

    Click here to get started!

    Other Online Resources:

  • Services for Instructors

    • Individual Consultations: Feel free to make an appointment or just stop by to discuss anything related to writing instruction, including assignment design and specific student issues (e.g. plagiarism).
    • In-class Presentations: I’m available to talk directly to your class about anything writing-related. Send me an email to make a plan!
  • Accessing Presentations in Blackboard Collaborate

    1. Log into Blackboard and check under "My Organizations" (on the left), and make sure you have "Advising and Student Success."  If not, enter that phrase into the "Organization Search" box, and then click on the little arrow next to the name of the organization when it comes up, and choose "Enroll" from the menu.
    2. Click on the Advising and Student Success organization, then click the link that says "Writing Resources," and the folder that says "Online Presentations and Webinars." You should see a link with the name of the presentation. Click that.       
    3. On the next screen, click "Join Room."  It should prompt you to open a file.  If you have the "Blackboard Collaborate Launcher" installed, your computer should suggest that you use that to open the file.  If you don't have it installed, there should be a link to install it.  If needed, install the launcher.

A little before the presentation, repeat steps 2 and 3, and this time, if you have the launcher installed, you should see some on-screen prompts.  Follow the instructions -- that should get you into the virtual "room."  If you have trouble using Collaborate, you can call Blackboard Tech Support 24/7 at 1.855.308.5542.

Get In Touch


Chris Kilgore

Chris Kilgore, PhD
Writing Resource Coordinator

SWCA 319-C
Schedule an appointment:
In-Person (Arlington)
In-Person (Ft. Worth Center)
Virtual Office
Via Email

Upcoming Presentations


The Write Stuff
Tips, strategies, and best practices for effective writing in Social Work. These presentations will be offered three times:

Tues., Aug. 29, 5:30-6:30pm in SOCWB, room 107
Wed., Aug. 30, Noon-1pm - Online Webinar
Tues. Sept. 5, 5:30-6:30 - Online Webinar

Webinars will take place online via Blackboard Collaborate (see Accessing Presentations in Blackboard Collaborate), so attendance on campus isn't necessary.


Surviving Integrative Seminar Part 1: Write That Integrative Paper!
This presentation for Integrative Seminar students provides strategies for creating an effective Integrative Paper, including a discussion of who would read this, what it should do, and how to organize the writing process.

Wed., Sept. 6, Noon-1pm in SOCWB, room 107
Thurs., Sept. 7, 5:30-6:30pm - Online Webinar
Mon., Sept 11, Noon-1pm - Online Webinar
Thurs., Sept., 14, 5:30-6:30pm - Online Webinar

Webinars will take place online via Blackboard Collaborate (see Accessing Presentations in Blackboard Collaborate), so attendance on campus isn't necessary.


Thesis/Dissertation Power Hour
This presentation is intended for students working on or beginning a thesis or dissertation, and covers best practices in making progress on large projects, from developing ideas to cranking out drafts.  This presentation will be offered twice:

Thurs., Sept. 7, Noon-1pm in SOCWB 107
Tues., Sept. 19, 5:30-6:30pm - Online Webinar

Webinars will take place online via Blackboard Collaborate (see Accessing Presentations in Blackboard Collaborate), so attendance on campus isn't necessary.


APA Style for Social Work
An overview covering a variety of aspects of APA style. The same presentation will be offered three times:

Wed., Sept. 27, Noon-1pm, Online Webinar
Thurs., Sept. 28, Noon-1pm, SOCW B room 107
Thurs., Oct. 5, 5-6pm, Online Webinar

Webinars will take place online via Blackboard Collaborate (see Accessing Presentations in Blackboard Collaborate), so attendance on campus isn't necessary.


Write That Policy Paper!
Are you taking a policy course?  This presentation covers tips and strategies for writing common policy-related assignments, including the Policy Analysis and Letter to a Legislator assignment, among others.  It will be offered 3 times:

Mon., Sept. 18, Noon-1pm, - Online Webinar
Tues., Sept 19, Noon-1pm in GACB 118
Thurs., Sept 28, 5:30-6:30pm -Online Webinar

Webinars will take place online via Blackboard Collaborate (see Accessing Presentations in Blackboard Collaborate), so attendance on campus isn't necessary.


Write for That Research Class!
Are you taking a research course?  This presentation covers tips and strategies for some of the most challenging social work writing assignments, including the research proposal, SSRD, and program evaluation papers. It will be offered 3 times:

Wed., Sept. 20, Noon-1pm in SOCW 107
Thurs., Sept 21, 5:30-6:30pm - Online Webinar
Tues., Sept. 26, 5:30-6:30pm - Online Webinar