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!  

These Writing Circles meet once a week for 65 minutes and usually include three to four students. Writing Facilitators guide students through several steps in the writing process, via collaborative discussion and workshopping:

  • 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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