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WRITING 630: Advanced Writing for Graduate Students

only offered in Winter Term

This writing course is designed for graduate students who have made significant progress in their degree programs and are thinking about larger, ongoing writing projects: a prospectus, a conference paper, an article for publication, or a specific dissertation chapter. Writing 630 targets projects that are as essential to a graduate student’s success, but are not necessarily limited to the dissertation.

The first five weeks will be spent in a traditional discussion forum, reviewing the basics of clear academic writing and of the demands of writing in graduate school. Topics will include argumentation, drafting, revision, grammar, audience, tone, and incorporating sources. During the next four to five weeks you will share portions of your work, in class, for peer review and discussion. These meetings will focus on the materials you have been working on during the semester. The course will then progress to individual conferences with the instructor to discuss the results of the peer reviews and their application to your work.

  • This course is not designed to provide intensive language study for multilingual speakers.
  • Class time will be Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm on Central Campus.
  • Permission of the Sweetland Center for Writing is required to register.

To apply, you'll need

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. 5 pages of academic writing (excerpts from longer works are welcome) 

Submit via

  • Email as a single PDF to Laura Schuyler ( or
  • Campus Mail or hand-deliver physical copies to Laura Schuyler, Sweetland Center for Writing, 1310 North Quad, 1285.

Important Dates

  • Applications for Winter 2018 are due Monday, December 4th.
  • Students will be notified by December 11th.

Contact Laura Schuyler ( if you have any questions.

WRITING 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines

Teaching Writing in the Disciplines is a one-credit theory and practice course for GSIs instructing and grading in undergraduate courses that fulfill the Upper-Level Writing Requirement at the University of Michigan. In this hybrid course students develop strategies for effectively teaching academic writing to upper-level undergraduate students. Our topics cover grading and responding to student writing, addressing linguistic diversity in student writing, dealing with issues of academic honesty, and guiding students through the writing process, from topic generation to revision.

The Writing 993 website presents course modules containing all class materials, the course blog, and the syllabus. In addition to engaging with online materials, students attend six one-hour class sessions and meet once with the instructor. (Note: this course is mandatory for first-time ULWR GSIs, but may be elected with permission by other interested students.)