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Sweetland asks students to wear masks during in-person Writing Workshop sessions and faculty office hours. If you prefer not to mask or if you would like to speak with a writing consultant who is not wearing a mask, please make an appointment for a remote meeting.
Who We Serve
Sweetland's writing support services serve currently-enrolled, undergraduate University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) students.
International students: If you are an international or multilingual student who would prefer to meet with a second language specialist, you can schedule an appointment with the English Language Institute's Speaking and Writing Studio.
Graduate students: Please visit our Graduate Student page where you’ll find information on scheduling a Writing Workshop appointment as well as other writing support available to graduate students.
Recent graduates: If you are a recent grad, you can make one appointment per half term during the Spring/Summer at the Peer Writing Center for assistance with resumes and application materials.
Types of Writing You Can Bring In
Writing Workshop is funded by the university for materials related to courses and academic research. Writing Workshop faculty consultants can help with any writing or multimodal/digital media project assigned for a course at the University of Michigan.
Need help with cover letters, resumes, personal statements, and other non-course-related materials? Please visit the peer writing consultants in the Sweetland Peer Writing Centers or use our eTutoring service. Peer writing consultants will also work with you on course-related writing and multimodal/digital media projects.
Please note that your instructor cannot require you to use our services, and our consultants cannot sign anything or otherwise provide evidence of your visit. If you come see us, we want it to be your choice, and we know from research and experience that writing consultation works best when you genuinely want to talk to us.
If you’re working on a collaborative or group project, we need 50% or more of the group to be present for the consultation, so that your visit is also part of the collaboration.
Take Home Exams
Check with us or your instructor before bringing in a take-home exam. Consultants cannot help you with take-home exams unless the instructor has given Sweetland written permission to provide assistance. Sweetland needs to receive the permission, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. Thanks for helping us respect university standards for academic integrity.
Appointment and Scheduling Limits
Peer Writing Center & Asynchronous Written Feedback appointment and scheduling limits
You may schedule one 45-minute in-person or video meeting, or one Asynchronous Written Feedback appointment per day. Please schedule only one to allow for other students to receive help. Appointments can be scheduled up to seven calendar days in advance.
Writing Workshop Appointment and Scheduling Limits
You may schedule one 30-minute appointment per week in the Writing Workshop, with a limit of fifteen visits in a full term (seven in a half term), including walk-ins. These limits allow us to meet with as many students as we can each term. Appointments can be scheduled up to seven calendar days in advance.
What to Bring With You
- Reasonable expectations: What one or two issues in your piece of writing would you like to discuss with the writing consultant? If you have a really long paper, on what part or parts would you like to focus?
- Your assignment sheet, writing prompt, and any guidelines or rubrics you’ve been given.
- Ideas about or a draft of your writing project in electronic or hard copy.
When You Arrive
For In-Person Appointments
Peer Writing Centers: When you arrive, check in with staff and wait for your appointment to begin.
Writing Workshop: You will be utilizing self check-in when you arrive for your appointment. After completing your self check-in, have a seat in the lobby, and your consultant come get you.
Sweetland asks students to wear masks during in-person Writing Workshop sessions. If you prefer not to mask or if you would like to speak with a writing consultant who is not wearing a mask, please make an appointment for a remote meeting.
For Online Appointments
Please turn on your cameras and microphones for your online appointments. These are intended to mirror our in-person appointments as much as possible, and therefore rely on direct dialogue. We understand that extenuating circumstances may make it impossible to turn on your camera; if that is the case, please inform your consultant and you can have a discussion about possibly rescheduling the appointment.
Arriving on time ensures that you and the consultant will have ample time to discuss your writing. If you are 10 minutes late, you will lose your appointment.
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. Prioritizing global concerns assures that you won’t spend time fixing sentences that might not even support your aim for the paper.
- While consultants are happy to work with you on your local grammatical and mechanical concerns, we avoid proofreading or "correcting" papers. We 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.
If for any reason you need to modify or cancel an appointment, try to let us know at least 90 minutes prior to the appointment time. This allows Sweetland to assist as many writers as possible. Thank you for your courtesy to our consultants and your fellow writers!
How to Reschedule or Cancel Appointments
- Visit the scheduling site you made your appointment on, either the Peer Writing Center or Writing Workshop schedule.
- Select the schedule from the drop-down menu on which you made your initial reservation.
- Navigate to the date on which your appointment was scheduled.
- Click on the orange box, which opens your reservation panel.
- If you need to make a change, edit the panel as necessary. Click “Save Changes.” If you need to cancel the appointment, select the "cancel" box at the bottom of the page. Then click "Save Changes."
- You will receive an email notification confirming the action.
What if Sweetland needs to cancel my appointment?
If the Sweetland Center for Writing needs to cancel your appointment due to consultant illness, you will be notified by email as soon as possible. We will make every effort to reschedule the appointment with another consultant for the same time before canceling an appointment.
Peer Writing Center: If you miss an appointment, you will be unable to schedule another appointment for that day. Although you won’t be able to make an appointment, you are still welcome to use Sweetland’s walk-in services. If you miss multiple appointments, your ability to make reservations may be frozen; however, you may continue to use our services on a walk-in basis.These policies help us serve as many students as possible each semester.
Writing Workshop: If you miss an appointment, you will be unable to schedule another appointment for one week. You will be notified via email when this occurs. Although you won’t be able to make an appointment, you are still welcome to use Sweetland’s walk-in services. If you miss two appointments, you will be unable to schedule an appointment for the remainder of the semester; however, you may continue to use our services on a walk-in basis. These policies help us serve as many students as possible each semester.
Loss of Power/Internet Connectivity
In the event you or the consultant lose power or internet connectivity during your online appointment, please attempt to reconnect to the appointment, as long as there is time remaining in your original appointment time slot. If reconnecting fails, your session will end at that time and you will be able to reschedule.
Peer Writing Center: Please email email@example.com to notify Sweetland's Receptionists and Undergraduate Program Coordinator that your appointment was disconnected prematurely due to power or internet connectivity issues and that you would like to schedule another appointment.
Writing Workshop: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify Sweetland's Writing Workshop Coordinator that your appointment was disconnected prematurely due to power or internet connectivity issues and that you would like to schedule another appointment.
You'll receive a response as soon as possible letting you know you may schedule another appointment that same week.