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What We Do

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.

Requiring Visits

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:

  1. Alert the Writing Center by emailing the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld. Let her know which class students are coming from, what the assignment is that students will be working on, what you want the students to learn, and the time frame in which students will be coming.
  2. Emphasize to students the importance of making an appointment in advance. Often when an entire class is required to come to the Writing Center, half of the students show up on the day before the assignment is due and are angry to learn that we can’t fit them into our schedule because they don’t have appointments.
  3. Provide students with tools and strategies for making the most of their Writing Center visit. You might find inspiration in the Reflection Form or the model assignment requiring WC visit  written by Dr. Jessica Parker from the English department. Feel free to use the form or assignment verbatim or modify them for your own use.
  4. Keep your expectations of how much can be achieved in a single Writing Center tutorial realistic and encourage your students to keep their expectations realistic, too. Let them know that measurable progress can be made over time.
  5. Let us know how we’re doing. Let us know how we can better support your students. You can complete the anonymous faculty survey or contact the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld.

Faculty Support

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.

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Write It This Semester (WITS)

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.

Class Visits, Workshops and Presentations

The MSU Denver Writing Center provides several options for  in-class help for faculty members, including the following:

Class Visits

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.

Workshops

We can come to your class to help facilitate peer review sessions.

Presentations

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:

  • MLA/APA Formatting
  • In-Class Writing (for exams)
  • Visual Analysis
  • Thesis Development
  • Writing an Abstract
  • Managing a Large Writing Project

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.

Writing Center Session Reflection Form

Writing Center Reflection Form

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.

Teaching Resources

How to Help Us Help Your Students

Working with Students Who are Learning English

Effective Peer Review Strategies

Teaching Writing in Non-Writing Courses

Writing as a Thinking Tool

Writing Assignments Guidance

MSU Denver Resources Scavenger Hunt

Try out this MSU Denver Student Resources Scavenger Hunt. It makes a great extra credit assignment, especially for first year students.

Frequently Asked Questions