Office of Writing at the College

QUALITY WRITING PARADIGM

The primary goal of the Quality Writing Paradigm is to encourage written communication as an essential focus across the curriculum.

This vertical writing program begins with the first year writing course, continues in the first year anchor course, and is reinforced and advanced in middle level and upper level writing-rich courses.

The program is augmented by faculty and student support and development.

WRITING STUDIO

Sign up for a Writing Studio Tutor

Tutors in the Writing Studio support student writers in their effort to master academic writing. In collaborative one-to-one tutoring sessions, the tutor and student writer talk about writing strategies and determine the writer’s goals for revision.

During the 30-minute tutoring session, a rich conversation about writing takes place between the tutor and writer. Writing tutors listen, ask questions, reflect, and respond as they and the student writer navigate together the writing project at hand. In this way, tutors help student writers clarify their purpose and ideas for the writing project. The session is held in a supportive, affirming space where all writers’ abilities, worldviews, perspectives, and languages are valued.

While the tutoring session focuses on a specific assignment or writing task, tutors work with student writers at any stage of the writer’s process, including brainstorming, outlining and organizing ideas, discussing research, developing an argument, creating cohesive supporting paragraphs, revising ideas, editing sentences, and documenting sources.

Check out writing resources on our Resources page, and enjoy the Writing Studio blog.

WRITING OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Writing Outreach Programs shape students into thoughtful and engaged mentors and leaders who combine their talents in communication with creativity and activism.

These student-organized and student-led programs promote innovative thinking, creative expression, collaboration, and relationship building. Check out our MindBlown blog, and read about the Spread the Love campaign.

Contact Dr. Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@smumn.edu or 507-457-1460 to learn more.

WRITING ASSESSMENT

Each year, the Office of College Writing assesses the impact of writing on student and faculty learning as a means to ensure that writing opportunities across the curriculum are effective and productive. To learn more, read our Writing Plan Assessment draft.
In addition to ongoing assessment, the Office of College Writing will begin offering assistance to departments in developing a department writing plan.

Opportunities for Writing

Visit the Writing Studio for free face-to-face feedback on any undergraduate writing project. Make an appointment.

Access the Writing Studio site for FAQs and resources, and read our writing blog.

Consider internships that include writing as a major component.

Enroll in cool courses that focus on advancing writing knowledge. Here are a few: Playwriting, Editing, Storytelling, Intercultural Communication, Short Fiction Writing, Professional Communication, Poetry Writing, and Persuasion and Advocacy.

Lead a team of peers in campus outreach programs connected to writing, including Mosaic, the College’s literary arts journal, The Cardinal, the campus newsblog, MindBlown, a science blog, or Spread the Love, a program focused on inclusivity.

Gain strategies for using writing in your courses through individual writing consultations.

Join the Writing Advisory Group of internal campus stakeholders who provide knowledge and feedback to ensure a vibrant and engaging writing community.

Request feedback and guidance on a specific writing assignments.

Locate resources on writing to guide you in writing practices and pedagogy.

Identify the course requirements for writing in the Quality Writing Paradigm, including first year writing, anchor courses, mid-level writing-rich courses, and upper-level writing-rich courses.

Engage in developing a plan for writing for your department, and implement assessment tools for writing in your classes.

Participate in faculty workshops and department discussions about writing.

Request semester-long collaboration on writing-rich assignments in your courses, or get feedback and guidance on immediate writing projects.