“A blank page is terrifying…”

“The last time I wrote a paper, the year started with 19 not 20…”

“Friends often ask me to proofread their papers; I love helping people’s ideas come through the written word…”

“Am I supposed to already know what Chicago Style means?”

Are any of these thoughts familiar? Entering a graduate program involves a lot of transition, and for many students, academic writing can feel like a daunting hill to ascend or a muscle that hasn’t been worked in a long time. Maybe you’re a confident writer but would like some help navigating the integrative type of assignments you’ll be asked to write at The Seattle School. However you’re feeling as the fall term approaches, I invite you to consider being a part of the first-year Writing Workshop.

My name is Kelsey Wallace – I am the Registrar and I work closely with Mac Martin, who handles academic advising for all of our students as well as our Writing Center Consultants. You have probably already received numerous emails from me! I love journeying with students throughout their time at The Seattle School. I have more than 10 years of teaching experience, and love working with students as a writing and academic skills coach.

The Writing Workshop is recommended for all, regardless of your confidence level as an academic writer. While all the writing you will do at The Seattle School requires technical competence, much of it asks for a high level of personal engagement and research synthesis as well. The workshop is designed to familiarize you with the rhythms of research, writing, and editing that you’ll do in your time as a student here. And more than that, the workshop provides space to experiment with and explore study methods and sustainable work habits to help you re-calibrate your previous academic experience towards the often unexpected dynamics that come with graduate-level study. The purpose of the workshop is as much about adjusting to graduate school as it is about refreshing your memory on thesis statements.


We offer two sections of Writing Workshops: Section 1 before classes begin, and Section 2 during the fall term, both offered synchronously online. While both workshops cover the same material, the Fall Weekly Workshop provides space to discuss and peer review assignments for your classes while they are happening; the Pre-Fall Workshop often appeals to folks who want a reorientation towards academic work before classes begin.

Whichever section you join, you will be challenged, have fun, and leave with tools, techniques, and the confidence to overcome the glorious mountain of writing ahead! You can also learn more about the Writing Center here.

Section 1: Pre-Fall Workshop
9:00 am-12:00 pm PDT–online
Dates TBA

Section 2: Weekly Fall-Term Workshop
Schedule TBA

What to Expect

The Writing Workshop was an immensely helpful space to refresh on academic writing and meet peers from my cohort before the term started. I referenced my notes from the workshop every time I formed thesis statements for papers. Also, I met a great writing partner and we continued to peer review/edit each other’s work all throughout our first year.
—Carson Taylor, MATC ’24

Note: Thank you to former faculty member Dr. Kj Swanson for her work and leadership at the Writing Center.