The Sweetland Center for Writing offers two courses that meet the writing needs of graduate students: Writing 630, Advanced Writing for Graduate Students; and Writing 631, Dissertation Writing.

Writing 630 is designed for graduate students who are thinking about ongoing writing projects that are essential to a student’s success, but are not part of the dissertation: a prospectus, a conference paper, or an article for publication. Ideally, projects will be started and completed during the course. This class focuses strongly on writing activities, peer-reviews, and the revision process. Class time will be Tuesdays 11am-noon on Central Campus.

Writing 631 is designed for doctoral students who want to complete one (or more) chapter(s) of their dissertation, while gaining self-awareness as writers. The class engages doctoral students in improving their dissertation writing process, as well as in developing practices that they can apply to writing beyond the Ph.D. The format combines class activities and discussions with “just write” sessions that allow students to focus on writing. Class time will be Fridays 9-10am on Central Campus.

Permission of the Sweetland Center for Writing is required to register for either course. These courses do not provide intensive language study for multi-lingual speakers. To apply, please complete the appropriate application form by clicking on one of these links:

  • Applications are due by the end of Sunday, December 2nd, 2018.
  • Decisions will be made and students notified by the end of Friday, December 14th, 2018.

Please send all questions to Laura Schuyler, schuyler@umich.edu