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The MSU Denver Writing Center can help your students in any stage of their writing process, for any assignment – including summary/response papers, journals, case studies, research projects, collaborative projects, digital projects and presentations.
As we are writing experts, rather than experts in your discipline and your discipline’s writing conventions, please note that we cannot provide students with feedback on the accuracy of their content. However, we can help students with any aspect of their writing process and with elements of their writing that transcend disciplinary concerns.
For example, we can help your students determine whether their writing has a clear thesis statement or focus, whether their points are developed, whether sources are integrated and cited appropriately, and whether they have done what your assignment requires.
Thank you for wanting to encourage your students to use the Writing Center!
We, like most writing centers, discourage faculty from requiring their students to come to the writing center. This is because when students are required to come, they tend not to take the session seriously and thus the session can be unproductive.
To be productive and instill the habit of visiting the Writing Center, visits must be positive experiences for students. We recommend that you encourage students to come on their own volition or incentivize visits with extra credit opportunities.
In some circumstances, required visits can be helpful. If you would like to require a Writing Center visit, we suggest that you follow the protocols outlined below.
For an in-depth discussion of this issue, please visit this site.
If you plan to require your students to visit the Writing Center, please do the following to ensure that your students’ experience in the Writing Center is positive and productive:
In addition to all of our other services, the Writing Center also offers support for faculty writing.
We have a number of professional writing consultants on our staff who can help faculty members with their own papers and/or books for publication, writing clear syllabi and assignment prompts, etc.
If you’d like to make an appointment for a one-on-one writing consultation, you may visit any one of our locations. To make an appointment you can call us at (303) 615-1888 or sign up here.
Every semester we offer a writing program for faculty called “Write It This Semester,” better known as “WITS.” The WITS program is available during each semester.
– If you would like to join the WITS email list, contact our Writing Center Director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld.
The MSU Denver Writing Center provides several options for in-class help for faculty members, including the following:
The writing center can visit your classroom in order to give a 10-15 minute presentation about the writing center and answer your students’ questions.
We can come to your class to help facilitate peer review sessions.
We offer several different presentations for classes, and will happily design a custom presentation to meet any specific faculty needs. Some examples of topic-specific presentations that we have offered in the past include:
Virtual Presentation Sessions
If you teach online, don’t worry — we can help you with that as well! We offer ‘Zoom’ meetings where we can facilitate any of the above sessions.
To schedule a class visit, workshop or presentation, you can fill out the form, here. Please give us 2-4 weeks advance notice, to ensure availability.
After a writing center session with one of our consultants, if a student needs proof of the session, they only need to as, or they can bring a copy of the form with them.
After the session the student will be asked to fill out the form, sign and date it, and we will stamp it.
Please note that we will not stamp blank forms.
Everyone! We work with writers in all areas of study, at all writing levels, in all stages of their writing processes, and with all types of writing projects. The Writing Center offers students resources for developing as writers and thinkers, sharing their work and ideas, and receiving thoughtful feedback on works-in-progress in a practical, friendly, collaborative environment. In our humble opinion, all students would benefit from working with a writing consultant.
Please call the Writing Center at 303-615-1888, or contact Yvonne Reed at [email protected].
Yes! Please call the Writing Center at 303-615-1888, or contact Yvonne Reed at [email protected].
We are now offering online writing center consultations. You can direct your students to the regular writing center schedule and have them select “Online” from the Locations drop down menu.
Generally, a writing consultant will ask the student to explain the assignment they are working on and then ask questions about the student’s writing goals and concerns. Note that it is especially helpful if the student brings in a copy of the assignment’s instructions and/or rubric.
Depending on the writing situation, our consultants may use different strategies at this point. Strategies often used during our sessions include:
Of course, what happens during a writing consultation varies from student to student. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, so we strive to to work with students in ways that best serve their writing needs.
Writing Center sessions typically last 50 minutes.
We also offer Doc Drop consulting, which is asynchronous. Students can submit their papers and it can take up to 72 hours to get their feedback.
For students in the Roadrunners Interested in Developing English Skills (RIDES) program, we offer 30-minute sessions with a writing center consultant who is trained specifically for the program. RIDES sessions will help CLD students with the lower order concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) unique to their situation. More information about the RIDES program is available here.
I’m so glad you asked! We offer a variety of services for students and teachers. We usually offer workshops that students can attend and learn about citations, grammar, punctuation, and other writing strategies.
We are also working on a menu of interactive workshops that we can do for any of your individual classes.
We offer the RIDES program for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
And we also have activities like our Antiracist Book Club. You can check our main website page for upcoming events.
Students can come to the Writing Center at any stage of their writing process!
We recommend that students come in as soon as they have an assignment, but before they’ve started writing. At that point, we can help students break the assignment down into more manageable tasks and figure out how much time to allow for each task. We often help students brainstorm topic ideas or approaches, revise drafts, integrate and document source material.
We offer Writing Center Session Reflection Forms.
After their session, the student will be asked to fill out the form, sign and date it, and then we will stamp it. The Reflection Forms are stamped by our Coordinators only after the student has completed their session and filled out the form.
Yes. We strongly recommend that students schedule appointments ahead of time to guarantee that they will have a full 50 minutes of uninterrupted time with a writing consultant.
Students can schedule appointments:
However, if availability permits, we can accommodate walk-ins. That is, we will try our best to give the student some time with a writing consultant who is between sessions (i.e., before the consultant’s next scheduled appointment).
Students can schedule appointments:
No, we are not an editing service. We will help your students learn to identify issues that affect their clarity themselves, but we do not make any changes to their papers. Our philosophy is that students should do the work and we should facilitate that. We want you to be confident that the paper you grade was written 100% by your student and not by our consultant.
We now offer Doc Drop Consulting. Have your students go to https://msudenver.mywconline.com/ and select “Doc Drop” from the drop down menu. Then, they can upload a document for asynchronous comments. The turnaround time can take about 72 hours.
Absolutely! We recognize that there is always some room for improvement and that writers at all levels could benefit from having another pair of eyes on their writing. We have a dedicated group of professional writing consultants who often have experience teaching the composition courses on campus. All of our professional writing consultants (and peer-consultants) are more than happy to work with you on your projects.
If you are interested, please contact the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, at 303-615-1316 or [email protected].
Contact the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, at 303-615-1316 or [email protected].