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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

The LSWA Writing Center

LSWA offers the Peer Writing Center, a satellite office of the Sweetland Center for Writing, staffed by well-trained undergraduate Peer Writing Consultants who help students with their writing on a walk-in basis. The Peer 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 pm – 10:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday, as well as by appointment. 

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.