Sweetland offers three ways for currently-enrolled, U-M Ann Arbor undergraduate students to receive writing support:
Meet with a Sweetland faculty member in-person or online to discuss your course-related writing. Personal writing such as resumes and application materials are not accepted. Appointments are 30 minutes. Students may use Writing Workshop once per week.
Peer Writing Center
Meet with a Sweetland-trained, undergraduate Peer Writing Consultant in-person or online to discuss any one piece of writing, personal or course-related. Appointments are 45 minutes. Students may use one Peer Writing Center service per day.
A service of the Peer Writing Center, eTutoring allows you to submit your personal or course-related writing, and receive written feedback. Consultants spend up to 45 minutes on your writing. There is a limit of one piece of writing, less than 8 pages.
Which service do I use?
If your writing is course-related, use any service you'd like. We find students benefit the most from one-to-one consultations in Writing Workshop or the Peer Writing Center.
If your writing is personal (resumes, cover letters, application essays, and other writing not related to the courses you are enrolled in), use the Peer Writing Center and eTutoring, not Writing Workshop.
Who you meet with: Writing Workshop consultations are held with teaching U-M Sweetland faculty. Peer Writing Center consultations are held with Sweetland-trained undergraduate Peer Writing Consultants. ETutoring is provided by undergraduate Peer Writing Consultants.
Appointment length: Writing Workshop consultations are 30 minutes. Peer Writing Center and eTutoring consultations are 45 minutes.
Appointment frequency: Writing Workshop appointments are limited to one per week. Peer Writing Center appointments are limited to one per day (this includes eTutoring which is operated by the Peer Writing Center. You cannot make a Peer Writing Center and an eTutoring appointment on the same day).
Locations and Hours
We are open until the last day of classes on April 18.
North Quad (1310)
Peer Writing Center
Shapiro Undergraduate Library (2160)
Alice Lloyd Hall (1059)
What Happens At Your Consultation?
Most sessions begin with a brief discussion of the assignment you're working on and the kind of help you're looking for.
Come prepared to participate in an active collaboration with your consultant -- for example, by asking and answering questions, reading through the paper aloud, generating ideas, making notes on your own draft, etc.
An effective session will often focus on global concerns (e.g., thesis, ideas, evidence, organization) before addressing local concerns such as grammar and punctuation.
Consultants can help you identify patterns of error, proofread more effectively, and improve clarity and style. If you’re ready to address local concerns, expect to focus on one or two concerns per consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
I need help with application materials, but the Peer Writing Center is closed or full, who can help?
If you are an LSA student, you can use the Opportunity Hub's Coaching Support. The Opportunity Hub also has Resume Resources on Canvas. STAMPS students have access to STAMPS Writing Consultations.
Can you check my citations?
If you only need citation-related assistance, please visit the U-M Library's Citation Management for dedicated services and resources for citing your work.