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Giving Opportunities

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing operates on the principle that writing is central to the mission of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. We welcome contributions of any size to support and celebrate writing. You can give to any of the funds listed on this page using the Leaders & Best online giving website.

Our Funding Areas

Sweetland Center for Writing Strategic Fund

Gifts will be used at the discretion of the Sweetland Director to support the mission of the Center, typically to fund two undergraduate summer internships in the Center, the participation of Sweetland undergraduate peer writing consultants at national conferences, and the annual production of the Writer to Writer journal by the Minors in Writing, and alumni visits.

Undergraduate Writing Prizes

Sweetland’s undergraduate writing prizes are awarded annually in the winter term. Winning entries are published both digitally and in hard copy to showcase excellence in writing across the University of Michigan. Instructors nominate student writing for each of the twelve cash prizes from First-Year Writing Requirement courses in a discipline other than English; Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses in Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science; Writing 100: The Practice of Writing, and Writing 120: College Writing for International and Multilingual Students. Prize amounts are dependent on resources available.

The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC) was founded in 2012 to provide a venue to support digital writing. Both a book series with the University of Michigan Press and a community web space by and for scholars and teachers working in computers and writing and digital rhetoric, the DRC is a leader in digital composition.

One of only two publishing venues that specializes in interactive multimedia publications focusing on digital rhetoric, the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative series serves a key function in supporting researchers in this field. The DRC/UM Press Book Prize supports innovative and important book-length born-digital or substantially digitally enhanced projects that display critical and rigorous engagement in the field of digital rhetoric with a prize of $5000, along with an advance contract for publication in the series.

Essential to the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC) website are the graduate fellows from universities around the country working in digital rhetoric. These fellowships provide practical experience in online publishing, website development, and social media. The energy and expertise fellows invest in this web presence helps Sweetland maintain a national profile in digital writing, while advancing the students’ professional experience.