The Writing Center

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As a result of Governor Whitmer's stay-at-home orders, as of March 16, 2020, all appointments in The Writing Center are ONLINE ONLY until further notice. Please contact TWC Coordinator, Cindy Spires, at spirescc@udmercy.edu with questions.

How Writing Center sessions work

In-person appointments: Students come in (Briggs 131) and are actively engaged for 30 minutes with a consultant. How to prepare: Bring your assignment sheet and rubric, your draft and any other resources (textbook, handouts, etc.) the consultant might need in order to help you.

Online appointments: Students are actively engaged for 30 minutes with the consultant. The student is able to paste a draft into our online program and the consultant and student will instant message (and use video/audio chat) with one another about ways to improve the draft. How to prepare: Have a digital copy of your draft and necessary materials (assignment sheet/rubric, textbook, etc.) with you to refer to during the session.

To schedule an in-person or online appointment, visit: The Writing Center Website

For in-person and online appointments, the Writing Center does not provide "drop off" services—all sessions are active engagements between the student and the consultant.

For questions regarding our services, email The Writing Center Coordinator Cindy Spires at spirescc@udmercy.edu.

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    What can you do at the Detroit Mercy Writing Center

    • Engage in one-to-one sessions with trained peer and professional writing consultants.
    • Work on any stage of the writing process.
    • Review your assignments, drafts, instructor feedback and questions.
    • Get support if English is not your first language.
    • Work on reading comprehension, grammar/punctuation topics, and research.
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    Become a Consultant

    Thank you for your interest in working at the Detroit Mercy Writing Center. Please read below to find out more about what we do and how you can apply.

    What We Do

    We work with students on writing at any stage and in any form. We can brainstorm ideas for an assignment on a blank piece of paper, look through a final draft and work on most everything in between. From start to finish, anywhere on the spectrum of student writing, we are here to provide support.

    As we consult, we:

    • Ask writers lots of questions about what they are trying to achieve.
    • Share the ways in which we interpret their writing and give suggestions that may help bridge any gaps in understanding.
    • Point out places where something doesn't sound quite right or where conventions are broken.
    • Anticipate what readers might expect and let students in on any unspoken rules of academic writing.
    • Share resources students may not have known existed.
    • Break a sense of isolation that can be a problem for even the best of writers.

    The result we hope for is increased confidence on the part of students and more complex ways of thinking about writing on campus.

    How to apply

    If this sounds up your alley, please print and fill out an application form.

    The form can be returned to the Writing Center (Briggs 131) or sent to Cindy Spires at spirescc@udmercy.edu. We review applications at the end of the winter term for the next academic year.

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The Writing Center presents an Appointment Tutorial for ONLINE writing consultations during Fall 2020. This video walks students through how to create an account, make an online appointment and successfully complete an online appointment with TWC. Faculty can link this video through Blackboard for students to watch in preparation for their online appointments with TWC. (To view this video, login using your Detroit Mercy Office 365/email credentials.)

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The Writing Center presents a Virtual Class Visit for ONLINE writing consultations during Fall 2020. This video will explain what we do in The Writing Center and will give students a basic overview of our free services. Faculty can use this video in lieu of our traditional class visits by linking through Blackboard for students to watch.  (To view this video, login using your Detroit Mercy Office 365/email credentials.)

The Writing Center is an important component for success in English courses and in courses across the curriculum (i.e. in all majors). The Writing Center supports any and all departments that have classes with writing components, including, but not limited to, the following: English, Biology, History, Social Work, Engineering, Architecture, ESL/ALCP, Nursing/CHP, Business, Economics, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, Communications, CIS, Education, Psychology, etc. 

If you aren't sure if The Writing Center can help you, reach out to our Coordinator, Cindy Spires, at spirescc@udmercy.edu. The Writing Center is a program within the College of Liberal Arts & Education.

Some English courses require visits to The Writing Center. If you're interested in learning more about the English Department and its many diverse and intellectually-engaging course offerings, click below!

Schedule a session

Summer 2020 Hours: 

Monday, May 4 — Wednesday, Aug. 5

 

The Writing Center is fully ONLINE for all sessions. 

See the semester schedule for instructions.

 

Monday

10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Tuesday

10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Wednesday

10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Thursday

10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Friday
10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Appointment parameters narrow during the last three weeks of each semester. Finals week schedule (Aug. 3 - 5) may vary from above.

Location:
Briggs Building, room 131
McNichols Campus
Note: Campus is temporarily closed due to Governor Whitmer’s executive order.

Contact Us

TWC Main Phone: 313-993-1022. 

Please call this main number for all appointment-related inquiries.

Writing Center Coordinator
Cindy Spires
Direct Phone: 313-993-1289
Email: spirescc@udmercy.edu

For faculty: please call the Coordinator's direct number for all inquiries regarding class visits or special programming.