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Writing Center support for you and your classes

The Writing Center can work with you and your students in a variety of ways. Select one of the options below to learn more, or write to Juli Parrish at wrc@du.eud to discuss other possibilities. 

 

SYLLABUS STATEMENTS

For face-to-face courses: The Writing Center provides writing support for undergraduate and graduate students at all levels, on all kinds of projects, and at any stage of the process: from generating ideas to learning new editing strategies. Consultants take a collaborative approach, working with you to help you develop your writing in light of your specific goals and assignments. To make an appointment for a free, 45-minute consultation, go to https://du.mywconline.com or call 303-871-7456. Visit our website (www.du.edu/writing/writingcenter/ ) for additional information.

For online courses: The Writing Center provides online writing support for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in online courses at all levels, on all kinds of projects, and at any stage of the process: from generating ideas to learning new editing strategies. In our online conferences, consultants take a collaborative approach, working with you to help you develop your writing in light of your specific goals and assignments. To make an appointment for a free, 45-minute online consultation, go to https://du.mywconline.com or call 303-871-7456. Visit our website (www.du.edu/writing/writingcenter/ ) for additional information.

 

FACILITATED PEER REVIEWS

We work with faculty who would like a whole class to visit the Writing Center by setting up paired or group peer reviews during class time. The structure of our facilitated peer reviews enables us to help your students to prepare for their visit, provide our consultants with the context they need to help a whole class, and ultimately can help your students become better revisers.

How it works: depending on class size, a facilitated peer review might take either one or two hours of class time. Once we have scheduled the FPRS--at which time students come to the Writing Center in pairs or small groups to work with a consultant--we ask you for the assignment, some context about how the assignment fits into the course, your goals for your students' writing, and your students' needs. We are also happy to see examples of papers written for the same or a similar assignment in a previous quarter.

During the class session before the FPR, a consultant visits your class for 10-15 minutes to explain how the process works to students and to learn what kinds of questions students have about the assignment. 

We can arrange facilitated peer reviews in weeks 3-9 of each quarter, and we ask for two weeks advance notice so that we can reserve appointment spots and give consultants time to prepare.

 

CLASS VISITS / INTRODUCTIONS TO THE WRITING CENTER

Our consultants can visit your undergraduate and graduate classes for 10-15 minutes to introduce our service and answer questions. Class visits are a good way to help your students know what to expect and how to prepare when they visit the Writing Center. We ask for one week advance notice so we can reserve a consultant's time.  

 

CLASSROOM WRITING WORKSHOPS

Whatever your course level or subject matter, advanced consultants and Writing Program faculty  will work with you to plan an in-class writing workshop for your class or student group. We create workshops specifically for your course, your goals, and your students' writing needs. 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)
  • Reading an academic argument (Korbel School for International Studies)
  • Synthesizing texts and writing in APA (Graduate School of Social Work)

Workshops are most effective when they happen at a moment when students can apply the concepts and strategies they are learning; for this reason, we try to time them so that students have notes, outlines, or drafts in progress. 

How it works: when you contact us to request a workshop, we identify a faculty member or advanced consultant who can facilitate. That person then contacts you to set up a meeting time at least two weeks before the workshop is scheduled. At this meeting, you and the facilitator review your assignment and syllabus and discuss what your goals are for the workshop, what you want students to learn and apply in their papers, and what your students need. We also appreciate seeing sample papers written in response to the same or a similar assignment in previous quarters. 

Please get in touch to talk about more workshop options by emailing Dr. Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director, or Sarah Hart Micke, Writing Center Assistant Director, at wrc@du.edu or 303-871-7431.  

 

 

WRITING CENTER CONSULTATIONS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

We provide the same type of collaborative consultations for faculty and staff as we do for students. We work regularly with faculty on book proposals or chapters, article revisions, career 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 Juli Parrish.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, Writing Center Director, or Sarah Hart Micke, Assistant Director. You might also mention the Writing Center in your syllabi. Click here for syllabus statements for undergraduate, graduate, and online courses. 


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.


Can I require my students to visit the Writing Center for help with a particular assignment?

We are always happy to have faculty recommend that students work with us, but we are not always able to guarantee appointments for an entire class. If you would like to arrange for your students to work with Writing Center consultants, please contact Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director, or Sarah Hart Micke, Assistant Director, at least two weeks in advance, to discuss options.