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Writing Center support for faculty in fall 2021

In Fall 2021, our goal is for Writing Center consultants and Writing Program faculty to provide rich and effective online writing support to faculty, students, and staff.

To submit a request for support, click on the "Writing Support for Classes" button on the the right. Options include:

In Fall 2021, we are offering the forms of support described below, Please note that we need 2 weeks notice to set up many of these offerings.

 

  • Class visit: Peer consultants introduce the Writing Center's offerings, talk about what we do and don't do, show students how to make appointments and access resources, and answer questions (~10-15 minutes)

 

  • Class visit with add-on conversation: In addition to the class visit described above, consultants can stay a little longer to present information or facilitate a conversation about a specific topic (self-care in writing, planning ahead, developing editing habits, using a citation style, etc.). (~25-30 minutes)

 

  • Individual faculty consultation with a Writing Program faculty member: A WP faculty member can support you in developing a writing workshop for your class, talking through assignments or commenting practices, identify relevant resources, and talk through plans for you to support your students (~45 minutes)

 

  • Dedicated drop-in hours on Zoom or in Anderson Academic Commons for students from a specific course: Because we do not always have the capacity to see every student in your class individually, drop-in hours can help make space for multiple students to talk with consultants during the same hour (2-3 hours per class)

 

  • FSEM support: For FSEM courses only, we have additional offerings, including  workshops on writing in college, planning and outlining, and peer review. 


Please note that in Fall 2021, we have limited capacity for workshops and are prioritizing requests for FSEM courses. However, we are happy to help you plan a writing workshop, identify relevant resources, and talk through plans for you to support your students.
 
For more information about any of our offerings, please write to Dr. Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director (juli.parrish@du.edu). 
 

REQUIRING CONSULTATIONS 

We hope that faculty will encourage their students to visit the Writing Center on their own. If you intend to require your students to make appointments, please let us know. We cannot promise we will have the capacity to support a large number of required visits in a short span of time. Instead, we can set up dedicated drop-in hours for your class or discuss other options.

Please write to Dr. Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director, or Prof. Megan Kelly, Writing Center Assistant Director, to discuss options. 

INCENTIVIZING CONSULTATIONS WITH EXTRA CREDIT

If you plan to offer extra credit to students for visiting the Writing Center, please keep in mind that what your students will experience is a non-evaluative and inquiry-based conversation about their work with a peer consultant. Peer consultants should not be considered experts, and they don't assess, correct, or check work. Rather, they ask questions, offer perspectives, identify relevant resources, help identify opportunities for revision, and work to support students in editing and revising their own work.

We suggest  you frame it writing center visits for extra credit as an opportunity for students to work on their writing with a consultant, rather than as an opportunity to get feedback or guarantee quality. Writing Center consultations are aimed at promoting learning and helping writers to do the work of developing their writing skills and processes.

What consultations can and can't do

Writers who visit us online will participate in an interactive, collaborative discussion about their papers with peer consultants, who will help to set goals, generate strategies, and identify resources; ask questions about assignment prompts and previous feedback; and help students to learn new skills and concepts.

Our consultants do not involve reviewing papers in advance or guaranteeing correctness. Consultants do not proofread or edit for students, mark up papers, or check citations.

Consultants can talk about and help students to do all of these things, but please note that the Writing Center is a learning site, and individual students retain agency and responsibility for their learning and writing choices. 

Additional Resources 

SYLLABUS STATEMENTS FOR FALL 2021

In Fall 2021, the Writing Center is offering support both in person in AAC 280 and online in Zoom. We invite students to go to du.mywconline.com to seek support for their writing in any of the following ways:

  • Make appointments for individual or group 45-minute online consultations;
  • Drop in to weekly studio hours, when ; or
  • Request help in identifying resources for a specific writing assignment, genre, process, or strategy.

Writing Center consultations are interactive and collaborative: a writing consultation can help with clarifying goals for a specific writing project, brainstorming ideas, outlining and organizing a paper, integrating sources, reviewing arguments, developing editing and proofreading skills, and more. Consultants ask questions, offer perspective, identify relevant resources, and help writers to develop effective strategies and habits in light of their writing goals and needs.

Our ePortfolio has a general overview for students and instructions for making appointments and preparing for consultations; we encourage you to link to these in your course management site.

 

CLASS VISITS / INTRODUCTIONS TO THE WRITING CENTER

We can provide a pre-recorded video introduction to the Writing Center for you to add to your Canvas or other course management site. Video introductions include:

  • Consultants describing how the Writing Center works, what consultants do, and how students can prepare to have a productive experience
  • How-to for students to make appointments and access our online resources
  • FAQ with answers to the questions most frequently asked in our face-to-face class visits  

 

WRITING RESOURCES

Our ePortfolio has a wide range of writing and citation resources, including:

    • Specific writing situations, like literature reviews, abstracts, proposals, and so on
    • Ethical language use
    • Writing for American academic contexts
    • Crafting effective thesis statements
    • Citation styles and practices

If you don't see the resources you need, please get in touch; we are always updating our ePortfolio and identifying relevant resources for students and faculty.

  

FACULTY AND STAFF CONSULTATIONS 

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

Faculty and staff have the option to work with another faculty member or with an advanced graduate student. Please write to Juli Parrish or Megan Kelly at wrc@du.edu or call 303-871-7448 to make an appointment.

 

WRITING PROGRAM RESOURCES FOR THE TEACHING OF WRITING

The Writing Program offers extensive resources for faculty teaching writing across the curriculum. Resources include strategies for scaffolding writing assignment, responding to student writing, and more.

 

RESEARCH POSTER SUPPORT

To talk about whether the Writing Program can print research posters for a small fee in Fall 2021, please write to Joe Ponce at writing@du.edu

 

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 offerings is by talking about the Writing Center with your students or by inviting us to come talk to your class. To request a class visit or other form of writing support, click the "Request Writing Support" button to the right or write to us at wrc@du.edu


How will I know if my students are using the Writing Center?

Our consultants write a short note after each session and email that note to the writer. Your students can simply forward that email to you; alternately, if they provide your name and email address to their consultants, we can send that email directly to you. We do count on students to provide your contact information and to give us permission to contact you.  


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

Maybe. At particularly busy times of the quarter, and especially during weeks 4-6 and 8-10, we may not have the capacity to support individual consultations for a whole class.

We can instead set aside a dedicated block of time for your students to drop in and work with consultants.

If you would like to arrange for your students to work with Writing Center consultants in this way, please contact us at wrc@du.edu at least two weeks in advance to discuss options.