The Center for Writing Across the Curriculum offers a workshop course for students looking to improve their writing in any discipline at Saint Mary's. For graduate students, the course is Education 502 or 504. For undergraduates, the course is Communication 190: Writing Circles. 

 

 

These Writing Circles meet once a week for an hour, and usually have three to five students. Writing Facilitators guide students through several steps in the writing process, through collaborative discussion and workshopping:

 

  • Writing Goals and Free-Writing

  • Brainstorming Strategies

  • Time Management

  • Strategies for Peer Review

  • Reading Critically

  • Posing Questions to the Text

  • Creating a Writing Schedule and Finals Syllabus

  • Thesis Statements

  • Paragraph Building

  • Introduction and/or Conclusion Paragraphs

  • Revision Strategies--Reading out loud, Post-Outlining, Highlighting

  • Outlining

  • Balancing Summary, Analysis, and Quotes

  • Incorporating Sources and Citation Style Tips

  • Transferring Writing Skills to Other Disciplines

  • Collaborative Shared Inquiry

  • Personalized Writing and Reflective Concepts

HOW TO REGISTER:

1) Undergraduate students should log onto GaelXpress and register for Communication 190. Graduate students should register for Education 502 or 504. 

2) Visit the Center in Dante 202 to select a weekly Circle hour, or fill out this form.

 

 

OUR WRITING CIRCLE FACILITATORS for 2014-15:

Jeff Chon, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad 

Daniel Horan, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Sara Vander Zwaag, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad 

Joe Zeccardi, Ph.D., adjunct professor, writing specialist for CWAC and Seminar

Also, during 2013-14:

Brittany Wason, 2nd year MFA

Krista Varela, 2nd year MFA

Somel Jammu, Senior, Integral

Victoria (Tori) Stringer, Undergraduate, English

Audrey Agot, Undergraduate, English

Holland Enke, Undergraduate, English/Art History


Snapshots of Circle conversations:


Holland's Writing Circle




Somel's Writing Circle


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany's Writing Circle

 

 

 

 

 

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