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We support faculty, staff, graduate students, and post docs.

Part of our mission is to create a campus-wide writing culture, and to that end, we dedicate time and resources to support faculty, post-docs, staff, and graduate students in their writing and writing instruction.Support for students

Writing

To support advanced, professional, and academic writers, we offer:

  • Single or sequenced one-on-one tutoring sessions that work with you and your writing. (For graduate students and post docs, there are more ideas here). 

  • Workshops on specific writing tasks for specific groups of writers. See more below.

  • Dissertation Retreats in winter and summer.

Writing Instruction

CLASS VISITS. We send a Writing Center tutor to your classroom for a ten-to-fifteen minute presentation. The tutor will introduce your class to our Writing Center's philosophies, what to expect in a session, and how to make an appointment. To request a class visit, fill out this form.

CO-TEACHS. We collaborate with you to develop a lesson or an assignment. Then, together, we can lead a lesson or activity in your classroom. Our goal is to help you develop an assignment, activity, and/or materials that you can use for years to come. Topics can range from integrating sources, to argumentative organization, to peer response, to sentence workshops. To request a co-teach, fill out this form.

CONSULTATIONS. We can support you in making decisions about how to make your writing or writing instruction as smooth and productive as possible. Topics can range from working with multilingual writers, to managing time around grading, to organizing peer response activities, to advising graduate student writers, to creating a strong writing group, to testing note management software. To request a consultation, fill out this form.

WORKSHOPS. We can develop specific workshops focused on the needs of a group of writers (e.g., your colleagues or a group of students outside of a course.) Examples range from “Demystifying the Writing Process” for Commonwealth Honors College thesis writers, to “Writing as a Grad Student in the US Academy,” for multilingual and international graduate students, to “Responding to Student Writing” for TAs that evaluate student writing, to “Time Management and the Writing Process” for dissertating graduate students.  To request a workshop, fill out this form.

IDEAS? If one of these options isn't right, please send us what you are thinking about. We are happy to collaborate.

 

What You Can Do

Request a class visit, or request a co-teach, consultation, or workshop.

Encourage your students to visit but please avoid requiring we ask that instructors not require students to see a tutor or offering extra credit for visits. Tutoring works much better with self-motivated writers seeking support. Further, because we have a small staff, we do not have the capacity to guarantee that all students with required appointments can be seen. For these reasons, tutors do not sign notes or otherwise provide instructors with information about students who visit the Writing Center.

Include us in your syllabus. You can copy/paste this blurb:

The Writing Center is located in W. E. B. Du Bois Library and provides free support on any writing you do while at UMass, whether for a course or not. Trained tutors are available to work with you (in person or online) as you plan, draft, and revise your writing. Please visit www.umass.edu/writingcenter for hours and information about making appointments. If you have questions about the UMass Writing Center, please email writingcenter@acad.umass.edu or call 413-577-1293.

Visit. Our Assistant Director for Writing Across the Curriculum (Kelin Loe) offers consultation hours on writing instruction in the Writing Center. Write to writingcenter@acad.umass.edu to schedule a visit or collaboration.