Writing Support for Your Course

Writing Centre faculty are available to provide writing support for your courses at UTSC.   Interested?  Please contact us.  A Writing Centre instructor will be happy to discuss how we could support your teaching.

Here are some strategies we frequently use to support writing in UTSC courses:

 

Description

Most commonly used to…

Contact the Writing Centre

We ask course instructors to…

In-class time required

Course Design

Collaborate with you to embed writing into your course, whether writing to learn activities, formal writing assignments or presentations.

 

Develop a new course or revise an existing one

Previous term or earlier

Meet with us to discuss the course—depending on your needs this may involve one or more meetings, and we may put you in touch with other specialists

Provide us with relevant materials (for existing courses) and learning goals

N/A

Assignment Design

Collaborate with you to design and troubleshoot a new writing assignment or revise an existing one

 

Develop a new assignment or revise an existing one

Previous term or earlier

Meet with us to discuss the assignment

Provide us with existing materials and learning goals for your assignment, as well as course syllabus and relevant context

N/A

In-class workshops

We partner with you to develop and deliver an in-class writing workshop customized to your course/assignments

 

Introduce a new genre of writing

Teach a skill relevant to your course/assignments

Intervene at a particularly challenging stage in the writing process

Motivate students

Previous term or early in the term

Provide us with your syllabus, writing assignment, and concerns about student writing

Meet with us to discuss the writing workshop

Attend the writing workshop

20 to 90 minutes (determined in consultation with you)

 

Train TAs

Train your TAs to provide students with appropriate support and feedback around writing

Help TAs (particularly new ones) develop skills and confidence supporting writing

May include grading strategies, giving useful formative feedback, using reading and writing in tutorials

Previous term

Meet with us to discuss goals and develop a plan for TA training. 

Customized to course

Writing Clinics

Arrange a time for students to work independently on your writing assignment with Writing Centre peers

Provide students with time to work on their writing with available support

Previous term or early in the term

Provide your syllabus, writing assignment(s), and your concerns about students’ writing

Motivate students to attend the clinic by offering a small bonus mark or attending the clinic yourself

5 to 10 minutes in class to promote clinic

Clinics are held outside of class time.   (Generally 1 to 2 hours long.)

Post writing guides in Blackboard

Post writing guides from Writing Centre website in your blackboard course

Provide students with general reference

N/A 

Select guides from the Writing Centre website to post or contact us for recommendations

N/A

Please note:  Like you, we have limited time and resources.   Support we’re able to provide may be limited by factors such as when you contact us in the term and other courses we’re already supporting.  However, we will provide the best support we can within our limits, and may be able to work towards fuller support in future terms.