The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing operates on the principle that writing is central to the mission of the College. It takes a broad approach: peer tutoring, writing workshops, courses at all levels, college-wide oversight of all courses fulfilling the First-Year and Upper-Level Writing Requirements, a seminar for faculty and graduate students on writing in the disciplines, a digital publishing collaboration with UM Press, and an innovative program that fosters writing-to-learn pedagogies in foundational courses.
Contributions of any size can be made to Sweetland's M-Write program, Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, and Strategic Fund.
SWEETLAND CENTER FOR WRITING STRATEGIC FUND
(Gifts of any amount)
Gifts will be used at the discretion of the Sweetland Director to support the mission of the Center, typically to fund two undergraduate summer internships in the Center, the participation of Sweetland undergraduate peer writing consultants at national conferences, and curriculum development to keep the Center’s courses and services up to date.
NAMED AWARD FOR M-WRITE WRITING FELLOWS
($30,000 annually for 12 fellows/year)
A national leader in writing-to-learn initiatives, the center has expanded its range of student engagement to support students in large enrollment courses with M-Write. This program uses writing not just as a means to demonstrate knowledge, but also as a way to deepen understanding, particularly in STEM.
Essential to the M-Write program are writing fellows, undergraduates who are both content specialists and trained in concept-centered writing activities. Large, entry-level classes (200-1,800 students) require multiple writing fellows who support students using write-to-learn methods that promote deeper understanding of key concepts in science and ultimately improve successful completion of science courses that lead into STEM majors.
NAMED AWARD FOR DIGITAL RHETORIC COLLABORATIVE/UM PRESS BOOK PRIZE
$5,000 annually for one prize/year
The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC) was founded in 2012 to provide a venue to support digital writing. Both a book series with the University of Michigan Press and a community web space by and for scholars and teachers working in computers and writing and digital rhetoric, the DRC is a leader in digital composition.
One of only two publishing venues that specializes in interactive multimedia publications focusing on digital rhetoric, the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative series serves a key function in supporting researchers in this field. The DRC/UM Press Book Prize supports innovative and important book-length born-digital or substantially digitally enhanced projects that display critical and rigorous engagement in the field of digital rhetoric with a prize of $5000, along with an advance contract for publication in the series.
NAMED AWARD FOR DIGITAL RHETORIC COLLABORATIVE GRADUATE FELLOWS
$3,000 annually for six fellows/year
Essential to the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC) website are the graduate fellows from universities around the country who create and solicit web content, manage social media, and work to sustain the site in multiple ways. The energy and expertise fellows invest in this web presence helps Sweetland maintain a national profile in digital writing.