WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (WAC)

Student Writing Group Project (SWGP)



SWGP Request Form

SWGP is collaboration between the Writing Center and the Writing Across the Curriculum office to provide tutor-led workshops in the classroom. Since SWGP joined the WAC program, tutors have visited classrooms across the disciplines and have gained experience bringing writing instruction into classes outside of the English department.

HOW WE WORK:

The SWGP consists of teams of Writing Center tutors who go into your class and lead interactive workshops that support an assignment you have given the students. Ideally, this assignment is a first draft. Our standard format is to give students detailed feedback on a first draft to support them in moving toward effective revision. This is done with two kinds of workshops; full-class and small-groups. We suggest doing a combination of the two.

Full-class workshops focus on 2 or 3 students’ drafts and require the entire class to have copies. We have found that this is a great way to familiarize the students with workshopping. The tutors are trained to steer the conversation to be encouraging and constructive. In our experience, students are usually very appreciative to have such a variety of feedback from their peers and tutor.

Small-group workshops usually consist of multiple groups of 3-5 students. Each group is led by a tutor that is trained in conducting a productive workshop under time constraints.  Small-groups allow every student to have a turn to be workshopped. As in a full-class workshop, tutors are there to balance criticism and direct students to provide constructive feedback in areas that need improvement.

This semester, we are becoming more flexible in what we can provide your classroom. If you would like a tutor to help lead a session that focuses on a specific topic (researching, outlining, citation, etc.) we will do our best to accommodate you. Please let me know in advance and on the request form provided.

HOW TO REQUEST SWGP:

Please fill out the SWGP Request Form as soon as possible—and submit it in any of the following ways: (1) email it to samuel.farhi@liu.edu, (2) drop off request form in my English department mailbox on the 4th Floor of the Humanities building, or (3) in the WAC office on the 4th floor of the LLC building. Please check your request carefully for accuracy of dates and times, as scheduling is tight and changes are difficult. Instructors are allowed a maximum of 3 workshops per section.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, special requests, etc., please feel free to contact me at samuel.farhi@liu.edu or 718-488-4385. I will work with you to figure out how to best integrate workshops into your classroom.