Writing Resources

Goal of 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

The UTA Writing Center offers several kinds of individual appointments for students and faculty, as well as some live workshops!  Please note that availability of APA support varies, and depends on tutors' expertise.  If you would like to see more APA support, contact the writing center staff, and tell them about it!  For issues with sentence-level grammar, use the "Quick Hits" option for a 15-minute appointment.

 

Writing center appointments

In-Person Appointments

You can schedule in-person appointments using the writing center website (see below).  If you are a graduate student, you can choose any available tutor.  If you are an undergraduate student, you cannot choose the "Graduate only" tutors.

Online Appointments

You can also schedule live online appointments, which use a combination of chat and video features.  Again, if you are a graduate student, you can choose any available tutor.  If you are an undergraduate student, you cannot choose the "Graduate only" tutors.

Webinars on Social Work Writing

The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff Tips, tricks, and strategies for preparing, drafting, and revising your social work papers. For Online Webinars, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas Conferences below.

Surviving Integrative Seminar Part 1: Write That Integrative Paper

This presentation covers vital issues in preparing a successful Integrative Paper, including who would read a document like this, what they would want, what it should do, and how to organize the writing process to get it done! A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Write That Policy Paper!

Vital issues in preparing a successful policy analysis (and other genres), including who would read a document like this, what they would want, what it should do, and how to organize the writing process to get it done! - with Social Science Librarian Brooke Troutman. A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Hit the Library

An overview of library resources, including the basics and more advanced information for social work papers -- with Social Sciences Librarian Brooke Troutman. A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Professional Writing for Field

An introduction to common writing tasks in a professional context. From sending email to keeping adequate notes and records, writing tasks are everywhere. This presentation covers not only how and what to write, but also when to write, and to whom. A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Write That Case Study!

This presentation is intended for anyone who might need to write a case study, and covers issues in preparing a successful document, including who would read a document like this, what they would want, what it should do, and how to organize the writing process to get it done! A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Write That Assessment Paper!

This presentation, offered for the first time for the Spring 2019 term, is intended for anyone who might need to write a client assessment or a community assessment, and covers issues in preparing a successful document, including who would read a document like this, what they would want, what it should do, and how to organize the writing process to get it done! A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Write for That Research Class!

This presentation is intended for students in research courses who will be completing a research-oriented writing assignment -- including (but not limited to) the Research Proposal and the Single-System Research Design. We will cover vital issues in preparing a successful document, including who would read a document like this, what they would want, what it should do, and how to organize the writing process to get it done! A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

APA Style for Social Work

An overview of APA Style, including the basics and more advanced information for social work papers. A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

Surviving Integrative Seminar Part 2: Revise That Integrative Paper!

This presentation is intended for students in Integrative Seminar, and covers issues related to the revision process, including how to use MS Word's Track Changes feature to create a final document. A recorded version of this presentation is available on Canvas. For more information, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas below.

A Crash Course in Lit Reviews

This presentation is intended for students who will be completing a literature review. We will cover the likely audience and argument of the lit review genre, and some library strategies for generating an adequate collection of articles. Live presentations of this material will be included in the "Write for That Research Class" sessions (see above), but there is also a recorded version of the full lit review presentation, which can be accessed using the same instructions for Accessing Presentations in Canvas Conferences

Online Webinars

For Online Webinars, see Accessing Presentations in Canvas Conferences below.

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!

For Recorded Presentations:

  1. Log into Canvas at https://uta.instructure.com
  2. Social Work Student Success and Advising should appear next to your other courses by the morning of Tuesday 6/4. Click that. (NOTE: if it’s after 6/4 and you still don’t see this Canvas section, search your UTA email -- you should have an invitation to join the organization. If you do not see that, contact Patrice Green at patrice.green@uta.edu).
  3. Look for the link that says Writing Resources. Click that.
  4. Look for the link that says Presentations. Click that.
  5. You should see a list of presentations, with links to the videos. Scroll down to find the presentation you would like to view!
    NOTE: These are recorded versions of live presentations, so they may occasionally mention features that are not available in the video version. For example, Canvas automatically tracks your viewing, so there's no need to try to report your email or instructor.

If you have trouble using Canvas, you can call the Canvas Support Hotline at 1-855-597-3401

Writing Guide

A guide available in a student and instructor edition to improve critical thinking (ideas) and presentation (language).

Read the Guide