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Outreach, Consultations and Workshops

Workshops and Presentations for Faculty and GSIs

The Sweetland Center for Writing seeks to support and improve the teaching of writing at the University of Michigan. Sweetland Center for Writing workshops introduce faculty across the University to the challenges of teaching writing in courses that both instruct students in particular fields of study and help students develop the sophisticated writing skills they will need throughout their undergraduate careers. With this in mind, we will gladly come to your department or hold workshops at Sweetland to meet with faculty and GSIs on a variety of topics, such as:

  • responding effectively to and evaluating student writing, both in drafts and in final versions;
  • working with multilingual students;
  • designing and sequencing writing and research assignments;
  • reviewing grammar, mechanics, and style issues;
  • integrating technology into the classroom;
  • designing and evaluating online course projects; and
  • citing sources and preventing plagiarism.

Sweetland offers presentations and workshops in the classroom that deal with common and more specialized issues in writing. We tailor all workshops to meet specific classroom needs.

Virtual Classroom Visits

This new, brief informational video (5 min) introduces your students to Sweetland writing support services. https://youtu.be/q0iZErO5xIw

We can also visit your class synchronously for these brief informational sessions or for a more tailored workshop. Please contact Sweetland at sweetlandinfo@umich.edu to discuss scheduling an online workshop tailored to your or your department's need.

Writing Support Services We Provide to Students

Our writing support services are all available online. At Writing Workshop, students can schedule a 30-minute online appointment with a Sweetland instructor to discuss course-related writing projects.

At the Peer Writing Center, students can schedule a 45-minute online appointment with a Sweetland-trained, undergraduate peer writing consultant to discuss any kind of writing, course-related or personal. We also offer eTutoring that allows students to upload their writing and receive written feedback. The eTutoring service is limited to 45 minutes and works best when students include specific areas they would like to address on their appointment intake form.

More information can be found on our Undergraduate Writing Support page.

Undergraduate international and multilingual writers can access resources on our International Student Support page. Our Transfer Students page is a great jumping off point for transfer students.

As you encourage your students to use our services this term, we ask you not to require their attendance or offer credit for it. We find that students who come to us of their own accord are more motivated to benefit from the session, and leave with a more productive attitude toward their writing and our services. It is our policy not to provide "proof" of attendance. If you have any questions about this policy, feel free to contact Sweetland's Associate Director, Naomi Silver (nesilver@umich.edu).

Add a Sweetland Canvas Tool to your course site

Follow these instructions to add Sweetland's Canvas Tool to your course's Canvas site. The tool includes quick links to our Writing Support Services pages and Writing Guides.

Handouts to Share with Your Students

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The Sweetland Center for Writing offers free one-to-one writing support to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan, regardless of background or discipline. Sweetland faculty and peer writing consultants meet with student writers to help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming to final revisions. Learn more at lsa.umich.edu/sweetland.