Resources and Policies


Everyone learns in slightly different ways. I want to help you learn in the way that best meets your needs. With that in mind, here are some resources:

Me! I’m available via email and also for office hours. Please drop by! I want to talk to you about what you need and how I can help you to flourish as a writer.

Writing/Learning Support CLAS offers workshops and tutoring for writers.

The librarians also look forward to helping students with research. In fact, they go to years of school just to learn how to best help students research. So go by, say hi, ask questions. You can even chat them online.

Students Requiring Support for Disabilities: If you have a documented disability that affects your work in this (or any other) class, the Disabled Students Program can help you. I can help you get in touch with them, or feel free to do so yourself. Please let me know if you do have a disability; I’m always willing to make accommodations.

Counseling Services: School is hard. Life can be kind of hard sometimes. You can go to UCSB’s Counseling and Psychological Services for help. They offer private counseling, group counseling, workshops, and even relaxation chairs. Everyone needs a bit of extra help from time to time. CAPS is a great place to turn.


NOTE: The last day to drop this course (via GOLD) is April 22.


  • 3 allowed absences without penalty, each additional absence will result in 1/3 letter grade penalty.
  • 5-20 minutes late is a tardy
  • Tardy 3x is an absence
  • 5 or more absences will lead to automatic failing grade
  • Miss only 1 class = 5% extra credit on 1 assignment.

Come to class! We need you to share your knowledge and perspectives. I also run ½ of the class as a studio or workshop in which you will practice writing techniques and begin working on your individual and group projects. If you don’t come to class, you’ll be behind on your projects.

Ok, I get that you’ll have to miss class. You are allowed 3 absences without a penalty to your grade. You’re an adult. I trust you to decide if/how you will use these absences. You’re welcome to let me know why you’re missing class. But you don’t have to tell me. Maybe you’re sick. Maybe your grandma really is in the hospital. Or maybe you haven’t slept in 3 days and just need to crash. Whatever it is, I don’t need to know. I will miss you in class, but we will find a way to move forward. (Please don’t email me to ask “Did I miss anything?” Find a more rhetorically savvy approach).

Every absence beyond the allowed will result in a 1/3 letter grade deduction from your final grade in the class (in other words: A becomes and -A).

Extra Credit: Let’s reward good behavior. If you only miss one class, I’ll give you 5% extra credit on the Wed writing assignment.

Timeliness: Be in your seat before class starts! If you are not in class by the time I finish calling roll, I will count you tardy. Tardy 3 times = 1 absence. If you are more than 20 minutes late for class, then you will be counted absent.

Due dates: Turn your work in on time! However, I’d rather have late work than crappy work.  Often learning to write in multiple media means learning that it always takes more time than you expect. If you need more time, all you need to do is talk to me. However, I will not accept any work that is submitted more than 5 days late.

Plagiarism occurs when a writer passes off another’s words or ideas without acknowledging the source. For example, turning another’s work as your own is plagiarism. Also, plagiarism includes copying/pasting sentences, paragraphs, or pages from a website without putting those words in quotes. If you plagiarize in this class, you will likely fail the assignment on which you are working and your case may be passed to the university for additional disciplinary action. Because of the design and nature of this course, it will take as much (or more) work for you to plagiarize in it than it will to actually complete the work of the class. Furthermore, that your work is not your own will be noticed almost immediately; as above, the consequences will be dire. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.

Plagiarism is different from misuse of sources, occasions when a writer does not properly cite a source, misuses quotations, includes too much of an original source in a paraphrase or summary, or commits similar unintentional violations of academic protocol. If you misuse sources, we will work together on appropriately incorporating and/or citing the sources. Note that some audiences/instructors will consider misuse of sources to be plagiarism; for this reason, it is extremely important for you to identify the conventions associated with source use and citations in any class (or writing situation).

Cell Phones: Turn your cell phone on silent before class. Most importantly: please don’t text, email, heart your friend’s selfie, snapchat, tweet, or candy crush in class. This distracts me. Teaching is like a performance… a performance designed to help 25 people improve as writers and thinkers. It’s hard. Respect me and your classmates by being fully present, in mind and body.