Support for Writing Instruction
Welcome! Please browse the content below for more information regarding Writing Center classroom support. Here, you can find additional resources such as syllabus blurbs, resource links, video presentations, and more. For help with any specific questions or concerns regarding writing center services, please reach out to Patrick Johnson, Writing Center Director.
We look forward to supporting the writing goals of you and your students!
- Looking to include Writing Center information on your syllabus? We provide examples of a syllabus blurb about writing center support. You can also share our Writing Center hours and locations by downloading our plugger.
- For more information about Writing Across the Curriculum, feel free to visit the SWS Website, as well.
- The mission of the Writing Center is to meet not only the needs of students, but those of all writers across the university. In order to attract a strong community of faculty/staff writers, we offer a number of services for use in their classrooms and with their own writing.
- Click the link to view our Scholarly Writing Initiatives for Faculty & Staff flier. This will provide more details on ways in which the Writing Center aims to support Faculty/Staff writers at GVSU. Feel free to print a copy for your office, a colleague, or save it to your computer for future reference.
Additional Links and Resources
Consultant Classroom Support Options
Teaching a section of WRT 120, 130, or 150? View the chart on the right in order to see your current classroom Writing Consultant support options. For any questions or ideas regarding Writing Center Support for your First Year Writing course, contact us! We would be happy to help brainstorm ideas and walk through ways that Writing Consultants can assist the student authors in your class.
Access your Fall 2023 Consultant Classroom Support forms here: WRT 120 (in-person, online), WRT 130 (in-person, online) WRT 150 (in-person, online). For help with any questions regarding classroom support options or completing the above forms, please reach out to Lisa Gullo, Writing Center Office Coordinator.
Writing Center Services Presentation
The Writing Center is excited to work in-person and virtually with your students. Additionally, we are happy to schedule a writing consultant to come to your class and do a 10-minute presentation on Writing Center services and how to access them. Please contact Lisa Gullo ([email protected]) if you would like to schedule a virtual or in-person classroom presentation. We also have a video walkthrough of our typical academic year information available here: Slideshow on Writing Center services.
This is our asynchronous in-class presentation on Writing Center services (Fall 2022).
For Teaching Writing in Your Class
Part of the writing experience is understanding the context within which we compose -- who is this for? Why did I write this? What purpose does it serve? This sort of investigation can make a paper more enjoyable to write and easier to read. Use the postcard below to coach your students through this process (metacognition).
In collaboration with Writing Across the Curriculum, the Writing Center has drafted a helpful resource regarding "the Communication Triangle" (often referred to as "the Rhetorical Triangle"). By using this post-card, writers can have a helpful guided experience with the following:
- Writing for a reader
- Writing within a context
- Writing with a purpose
- Reading any genre
- Reading new information
- Picking topics
For more information about ways in which writers exist in a communication context, consider viewing our helpful handouts; there, you can find information about audience expectations, language and jargon, genre facts, and much more!
Teaching Writing Video Tutorials
As part of a collaborative effort between the writing center and the SWS Director, you now have three useful instructional videos -- they can be used to better support you in your own writing process and teaching of writing OR they can be used to coach your class through any of these topics and challenges of the writing process.
Here are some great videos that provide tips, tricks, and theory regarding the best practices in the teaching of writing.
SWS Fellows Program
The SWS Fellows program is an enhanced version of the classroom support normally offered to instructors through the writing center. The Fellows program involves working with a dedicated group of 5-6 writing consultants to provide enhanced writing support for students and faculty, including:
- Multiple in-class workshops with a dedicated group of highly-trained writing consultants
- Meetings between consultants and faculty outside of class to discuss upcoming assignments, plan workshops, and share feedback
- Additional in-class workshops available all semester long
- Opportunities to reflect on activities and assignments with consultants, as well as SWS and writing center administration.
Due to the scheduling limitations within the writing center, the SWS Fellows program is only available in two courses each semester. Interested faculty are encouraged to apply and participants are selected based on a variety of features (approach to writing instruction, previous use of consultants, strength of application, etc).
Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.