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Writing at LSWA

"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." —Joan Didion

LSWA offers a variety of writing courses that are taught in the residence hall, providing a shared and interactive learning experience with other LSWA students. Through a partnership with the Sweetland Center for Writing, writing faculty teach introductory writing and humanities courses; the small classes offer much student-faculty interaction. In addition, classes are enriched by various writing-related events and activities offered throughout the year. These include book clubs, author readings, spoken word poetry workshops, screenwriting seminars, Writers-Artists In Residence, and the Arts & Literary Journal.

Writing Courses

LHSP 125

This course prepares students for college-level writing in all academic areas. LHSP 125 courses are special in that they integrate the arts into the curriculum. Each course is structured differently around different themes. Some instructors use traditional essays and assignments, but most offer a combination of fiction and creative non-fiction. Frequently instructors will encourage or require students to attend special events such as readings, lectures, art exhibit openings, writers' panels, and theatrical or musical performances. (Satisfies LSA First-Year Writing Requirement.)

LHSP 228

This course explores multiple genres of writing and asks students to analyze and evaluate the particular conventions, contexts, and assumptions that come with different kinds of writing. The course obviously cannot provide a definitive answer to the question "What Is Writing?" but it explores how our understanding of a particular genre influences the way we read or write within the genre. It also compares different genres to show not only what is unique to but also what is universal among various kinds of writing. (Satisfies LSA Humanities requirement).

LHSP 130

A creative nonfiction course organized around a specific theme or genre, LHSP 130 has an interdisciplinary focus emphasizing the intersections between writing and other art forms. Assignments vary, from short responses to more formal or analytical essays to imitations and adaptations to projects in a medium other than writing. While classes may be centered around a variety of topics or themes, each class integrates multiple art forms into the class and addresses the ways that writing influences and is influenced by other art forms. (Satisfies LSA Creative Expression requirement.)

LHSP 230

This LHSP course integrates writing and the arts as students develop their creative talents and skills and work together on a culminating project/performance. The course focuses on creative skill-building and peer critiquing, requiring both individual and collaborative work. (Satisfies LSA Creative Expression and a Minor in Writing requirement.)

The LSWA Writing Center

LSWA offers the Writing Center staffed by well-trained peer tutors who help students with their writing on a walk-in basis. The Writing Center, housed in Alice Lloyd Hall, gives students an opportunity to get help on their writing assignments at any stage of their revision. Hours for the Center are 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

For more information on the Sweetland Center for Writing (Sweetland) click here.

Arts & Literary Journal

You've just written an inspiring poem. Your writing instructor loved your last personal essay on chopsticks. You've finally finished your first painting for your art class... and it isn't half-bad! What do you do next? Stuff it into a drawer, forget all about it? How about getting it published in the LSWA Literary and Art Journal?

The LSWA Journal is an annual student publication. Each year, students submit their favorite work to be shared with their peers, as well as other members of the U-M community. Students may submit both art and writing. Submissions are competitive and judged blind.

Caldwell Poetry Awards

Established in 2006 through a generous gift of Jeanne and Will M. Caldwell to the College of LSA, this prize is awarded each year to first- and second-year students of the Lloyd Scholars of Writing and the Arts.