Make appointments for one-on-one consultations with one of our Writing Studio Instructors to address concerns and develop strategies for completing the grant researching/writing process.

Graduate Writing Studio Philosophy:

The Graduate Writing Studio (GWS) exists to provide writing support to credential and graduate students in order to meet the increasingly complex requirements of advanced degree writing.  Faculty instructors are available to meet and collaborate with students in order to help them plan, organize, and carry out their required writing tasks – whether they be small writing assignments for postbaccalaureate or graduate coursework, or larger, often semester-long culminating projects such as a Masters project, thesis or professional portfolio.  We strive to empower students with a clearer understanding of academic writing processes and a continually developing writing proficiency in various academic genres.


We are here to relieve credential and graduate students’ writing-related anxiety, and to overcome obstacles in the writing process. We will help you to bolster the strengths of and combat the weaknesses in your writing. We are here to help you succeed in your post baccalaureate program!

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Meet our Graduate Writing Studio Instructors:

Monica Pereira
Graduate Writing Studio Instructor

Monica Pereira joined the John Spoor Broome Library at California State University Channel Islands in July 2012.  She has worked as a writing instructor in freshman composition, and a Writing Center coach (Marquette University). Other relevant experience includes teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Monica's research interests range from citizen science, and transformative justice, to educational equity, and transliteracy. This breadth of interest is a direct result of having worked with researchers at various academic libraries, including a medical library, and large research institutions. She has over 20 years experience in academic librarianship. At CI, Monica teaches writing-intensive UNIV classes.

Monica joined the Graduate Writing Studio in spring 2015 and can't wait to meet with you to review your work.

Lisa Weckbacher
Graduate Writing Studio Instructor

Dr. Lisa Weckbacher is a member of the Channel Islands community since August 2012. As a lecturer for the Department of Psychology and the School of Education, she holds master’s degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, and child/adolescent development. Her Ph.D. is in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in child/adolescent development. Prior to Channel Islands, Dr. Weckbacher taught undergraduate courses at Cal State Northridge, Department of Child and Adolescence; and Penn State University, Department of Psychology. In addition to teaching, Dr. Weckbacher has served as an academic advisor for students pursuing graduate study in psychology and related disciplines. Other work experiences include various positions in community mental health and university counseling services.

Dr. Weckbacher’s research interests are in the area of educational psychology, specifically the role of spatial thinking in adolescence. Publications to date particularly focus on US students’ performance in geometry, and what types of spatial abilities nurture problem solving performance. The implications of her research are largely related to how educators can help prepare students from an early age to pursue and ultimately succeed in STEM-oriented careers.

In January 2016, Dr. Weckbacher joined the Graduate Writing Studio. Her writing interests include personal statements for graduate study, thesis development, and mastering APA format. 

Making an appointment:

Appointments may be made up to 2 weeks in advance, either by calling 805-437-3579 or e-mailing your appointment request to:

We look forward to working with you!