Writing Consultations for Students
We provide one-on-one consultations on writing and the writing process with any undergraduate or graduate student at DU. These consultations will be conducted by trained student consultants and will be collaborative, non-evaluative, and non-directive in nature. We work with students at any stage in their writing process, on any topic, from brainstorming to formatting to grammatical queries, and we can provide help with writing in any discipline.
Writing Consultations for Faculty
We provide the same type of collaborative, non-evaluative consultations for faculty as we do for students. We work regularly with faculty on book proposals or chapters, article revisions, course materials, and other writing projects. Faculty have the choice of working with another faculty member or with an advanced graduate student. Please call the Writing Center at 303-871-7456 to schedule an appointment. If you prefer to be matched with another faculty member, please ask to be directed to Eliana Schonberg when you call to schedule.
Consultants from the Writing Center will be happy to visit your class and present a writing or revision workshop. To arrange a workshop, contact the Interim Director of the Writing Center, Juli Parrish, or the Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Sarah Hart Micke.
Writing Center consultants offer two kinds of visits:
Introduction to the Writing Center
Request a 10-minute introduction to our services. We'll stop by your class, give your students brochures, and explain how we can help them strengthen their writing.
Workshops for Classes
Whatever your course level or subject matter, Writing Program faculty will work with you to plan an in-class writing workshop for your class or student group. We will create workshops specifically for your course, your goals, and your students' writing needs. We ask for two weeks notice for any workshops. The following list includes some of our recent workshops for classes in a variety of departments and programs:
- Peer reviewing and revising one's writing (History)
- Evaluating sources (Lamont School of Music)
- Drafting effective project proposals (Physics & Astronomy)
- Writing literature reviews and incorporating original research (Anthropology)
- Crafting effective thesis statements (Sociology and Criminology)
- Writing for academic and public audiences (Korbel School for International Studies)
- Using APA and learning the conventions of business writing (Daniels College of Business)
Questions Frequently Asked by Faculty
- How can I encourage my students to use the Writing Center?
One of the best ways to inform your students about our services is by setting aside time in one of your class periods for a visit from one of our consultants. We will be happy to provide a 10-minute presentation on the services we offer or a 50-minute writing workshop. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please call Juli Parrish, Interim Director of the Writing Center, or Sarah Hart Micke, Assistant Director of the Writing Center.
You may also mention the Writing Center in your syllabi. Feel free to copy and paste the following paragraph:
I encourage you to take advantage of the Writing Center's services; getting feedback benefits writers at all skill levels. The Center offers one-on-one consultations that address everything from brainstorming and developing ideas to crafting strong sentences and documenting sources. For more information, call 303-871-7456 or stop the Shopneck Family Writing Center located in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 280.
- How will I know if my students are using the Writing Center?
The work we do with students is confidential. We keep written records of each of our consultations, however, and if a student would like his or her instructor notified of the visit, we will email a copy of our consultation report to an instructor. If you would find it helpful to hear when your students have been to see us, please encourage them to have the notes sent to you.
- What if I assign extra credit to students for visiting the Writing Center?
While we're thrilled that you're enthusiastic about publicizing our services, we would prefer that you not assign extra credit for student visits. In our experience, students who are given extra credit for visiting the Writing Center come in without specific goals in mind for their session and often remain disengaged with both the session and their writing project.
We have developed handouts on writing processes and the major styles of documentation, which are available online and in the Writing Center, including the most recent editions of APA, CMS, MLA and Turabian. Please feel invited to share them with your students as supplemental material.