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.    Click here to join a Circle!  

Each Writing Circle is made up of three to five students who meet weekly to workshop their writing. The Circles are intended primarily for students of Collegiate Seminar, Writing In the Disciplines (WID), or graduate courses. However, as with all CWAC services, the Circles are open to all students, undergraduate through graduate level, of any course. A facilitator guides the students’ discussion of texts – their own papers, their peers’ papers, and readings – and helps the students consider and apply writing strategies.

  • Theses and Dissertations

  • 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


Snapshots of Circle conversations:

Holland's Writing Circle

Somel's Writing Circle













Brittany's Writing Circle






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