Variable Topics Research Seminars: Practicum: Writing on Deadline
Winter 2016 - This is one of my favorite classes I have taken at UCLA. Abbe is an incredible instructor and I can guarantee that you will come out of this class with new insight and skills. She's an incredibly tough grader, but she provides you with all of the tools you need to be successful. You are assigned a paper to write at the beginning of each week and it is due the following class. She expects clear, concise and meaningful writing. The prompts include a Ledes assignment, a Vignette, a Profile, an Opinion piece, a Breaking News piece (she provides the "news"), a Public Relations piece, and -- potentially -- a Science piece. What she expects from each assignment is very clear and she is unbelievably good at meeting with students to help them. She wants you to do well and gives you every opportunity to succeed. The class is not easy, but if you listen to her feedback and trust what she tells you, you will leave this class a much better writer and thinker. She also grades anonymously which is great because your work is the only thing that matters.
Spring 2021 - I really did not like this class because the topics were very confined and I found it really hard to write about something I did not care about at all. He claims it's not expected but for some of the topics you definitely had to spend decent time researching before you could start writing. I did not receive a horrible grade because he rewards effort, even if you don't get perfect scores on your pieces. But overall I wouldn't say it's a fun class