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Writing Summer Institute – Introduction to College Writing

Strengthen your writing and discussion skills in preparation for university

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Demystify the differences between college and high school writing.

The Writing Summer Institute is designed for ambitious high school students who seek to strengthen their writing and discussion skills to get a step ahead in preparing for university. For over twenty years, UCLA Writing Programs has helped undergraduates successfully meet the challenges of a university education. Through this three-week program, UCLA’s highly regarded writing specialists will help college-bound students prepare for academic challenges at the college level. All activities will demystify the unstated differences between college and high school writing. Students will learn how to successfully approach the college application process, including the application essay.

Fees and Payment Info

The fee for a summer course is calculated based on the unit value the course carries. In addition to the course fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. Below is a summary of fees that apply to all UCLA students (both in-state and out-of-state).

For a complete description of fees including payment instructions, refunds, delinquency and financial aid, visit the fees, payment and financial aid section.

Program Fee $795
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Donald Vincent

Adjunct Lecturer

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. Vincent 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. Learn more about Vincent’s work.

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