Writing Summer Institute: Introduction to College Writing



Participants of the Writing Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • English Composition 50 – Writing Workshop (2 units)

The Writing Summer Institute: Introduction to College Writing serves as a basic introduction to critical reading and academic writing. More broadly still, the Writing Summer Institute will help orient you to all matters of language and communication at the university. It is a bigger task than you might imagine. If you think of it, you'll realize that every comment you make in class and every e-mail you write to an instructor or counselor occurs in a social context that is new to you as a first-term college student. We'll attend, therefore, to those small bits of class-related communication in addition to exams and formal essay assignments. By the end of the term, you should find that the Writing Summer Institute: Introduction to College Writing has prepared you to speak, write, and learn more effectively in all of your courses.


Faculty and Instructors

Donald Vincent, MFA

Donald Vincent is a writer, poet, and recording artist. He studied Writing and Public Relations as an undergraduate at Loyola University, Maryland. After graduating, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry at Emerson College in Boston, MA. While pursuing his MFA, he gained technical writing and public speaking skills as a Community Preparedness Specialist in the National Preparedness Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was honored as a fellow in the first Emergence Program for professionals in the emergency and disaster management field by the Center for Defense and Homeland Security. Most of his work centers around benefitting the community. He hosted Mr. Hip Presents, a reading series for poets, spoken word artists, and jazz musicians in Boston and New York for 4 years. After leaving Boston, he ventured to New York City to promote press freedom advocacy as PEN America’s Community Outreach Coordinator for their Press Freedom Incentive Fund. He began teaching Rhetoric and Composition courses at Emerson College in 2012 and has been teaching English Composition at UCLA since 2018. His first book of poetry, Convenient Amnesia, will be published by Broadstone Book in summer 2020. He is originally from Washington, DC and currently resides in Boyle Heights (Los Angeles, CA) and at https://hidonaldvincent.com.

UCLA Contact Email: donaldvincent18@ucla.edu

Darien Battle Johnson

Darien received his BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his MFA in Theatre from Brown University. He joined UCLA Writing Programs in 2018 where he currently teaches a range of classes from EC1 to 100W, and courses within the Professional Writing Minor program.  He has worked over the years as a professional journalist, theatre artist, sales manager, small-business owner, Government account coordinator, bartender, and a master soft-serve ice cream cone maker. His teaching work focuses on media, performance, race, politics, public policy, world affairs, popular culture, as well as business and entrepreneurship.

UCLA E-mail: darienbattle@g.ucla.edu

Andrew Martinez

Andrew Martínez is a lecturer in Writing Programs, the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and the UCLA Academic Advancement Program. A scholar and artist, Andrew received his PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA and his BS in Journalism from San José State University. He has presented his research at the Latin American Studies Conference, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), and at the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) special topics conference. He has published in Theatre Journal and Texas Theatre Journal. Andrew’s current book project, Bodies in Revolution: A National Ballet in Cuba, highlights the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s participation in the nation-building process of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Andrew considers how the Cuban school of ballet, the national company’s repertoire, and its dancers, embody the ideals of the Revolution. His ethnographic and archival fieldwork on the island included his completion of the Teacher Training Program at the Ballet Nacional de Cubain Havana. Bodies in Revolution grows out of Andrew’s PhD thesis, the support of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University, the UCLA Latin American Institute and the University of California-Cuba Academic Initiative. Andrew was an artist-in-residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2018-2019). His residency included lectures on his book research, theatre in prison, and dance masterclasses in the Residential College, the Prison Creative Arts Project, and the dance department. He recently completed a teaching fellowship with the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms program at UCLA. He is a proud member of the UC-American Federation of Teachers Local 1990 labor union.

E-mail: andymartinez.ucla@gmail.com 



Participants of the Writing Summer Institute will be awarded 2 units of credit in the form of a letter grade after the successful completion of the program. If you would like to change your grade type to Pass/No Pass, please email info@summer.ucla.edu before 5PM, July 5.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix.

For more information on grades, visit the Registrar's website.

Credits / Units

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.


The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.









Program Dates

JULY 6 - JULY 27, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JULY 6-27: Writing Summer Institute: Introduction to College Writing

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.