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RIDES Program

RIDES (Roadrunners Interested in Developing English Skills) is a program to help culturally and linguistically diverse students at MSU Denver with practical writing skills not covered by a traditional writing center consultation. RIDES sessions will help students with the lower order concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) unique to their situation.

The RIDES program will pair each student with a writing center consultant trained specifically for this program. The pair will work together for a set duration, with a commitment of a 30-minute session every week. Together, the student and consultant will identify areas of improvement, and work together to develop English language skills by working on specific assignments for class, as well as tutorials and customized exercises.

Beyond the 30-minute sessions, RIDES students will also have access to specialized tools and unique opportunities. We will also offer the option to try to work with your instructors, if desired, to identify areas for development and receive feedback on improvement.

Students who complete the program will be able to take part in a party at the end of the semester and will be eligible for prizes and awards.

Interested? You can find out more by calling us at (303) 615-1888, emailing us at or dropping in to our Writing Center Drop-In.


RIDES with Friends!

This semester, RIDES is piloting a new program called RIDES with Friends! These sessions will be group sessions, led by 2 consultants with a maximum of 5 students for a 50-minute session. The benefits:

  • Collaborative learning
  • Building community
  • Using your strengths to help others
  • Learning from your peers experiences

Students interested can do this either instead of or in addition to regular RIDES appointments.

To sign up, click "yes" in the RIDES enrolment form when prompted.

For more information, contact

What to expect in your first RIDES appointment

Be Proud.  English is a difficult language to learn and we think it’s fantastic that you took this extra step to develop your skills. First and most important, be proud of yourself.

Show Us How You Write.  Your consultant will ask you a question and you will write for a very short time in English. Letting your consultant see how you write will help them decide what you might need help on. At the end of the 10 weeks you will answer the same question and you will see how much your skills have improved.

Let’s Talk.  Spend the rest of the appointment talking to your consultant about what you want to be able to do as a writer. Is there something in particular that you struggle with, or a special way that you learn? These are important things to know about you. You can bring an assignment from your classes if you want to show an example but it is not required.

Do Your Homework.  Your consultant will give you something small to practice for the week. Try your best to make time to practice. Practice makes you better.

Don’t Give Up.  People learn in different ways. If there is a strategy that didn’t work well for you, let your consultant know. If there is something that takes more than one appointment to understand that’s ok. We are not here to judge you or grade you. We are here to help you become the writer that you want to be. Be patient. Do not give up on yourself.


We are so happy that you are joining us this semester, and we are excited to help you grow!

   -- The RIDES Team



Where the Red Fern Grows — by Wilson Rawls


Paper Towns — by John Green


Ella Enchanted — by Gail Carson Levine


Inside Out and Back Again — by Thanhha Lai


As the Crow Flies — by Melanie Gillman


Bless Me, Ultima — by Rudolfo Anaya


Brown Girl Dreaming — by Jacqueline Woodson


Artemis Fowl — by Eoin Colfer




RIDES Open House

The MSU Denver Writing Center is holding a RIDES Open House for students to drop in when convenient for them. We will be around to answer questions, provide information on the RIDES Program and the Writing Center in general. Students can even schedule an initial consultation if they want. We will also have virtual tours of how an online appointment looks and is structured/formatted. We have several drop-in scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Please click here for the schedule. If you have any questions, please email Rachel Hawley at Open House

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