Saint Louis University Writing Services considers faculty members, graduate assistants, staff and student groups our partners in fostering a lively culture of writing on campus. Through referrals, workshops, writing group facilitation and in-class assistance, we can tailor our services to your course's specific needs.
If you instruct a course that incorporates writing skills, your students will benefit from a visit with our consultants. We offers free, individualized writing help for any Saint Louis University undergraduate or graduate student by appointment. They can book a consultation by using EAB Navigate, located in the tools tab of the mySLU portal.
In-Class Visits and Workshops
We also encourage instructors to schedule us for an informational visit or a writing workshop.
Informational visits are a 10 to 15 minute introduction of our services. We'll stop by your class and explain how we can help them strengthen their writing. We highly encourage the introduction to services because students are more likely to make an appointment once they have met and heard from a writing consultant. If you expect your students to visit University Writing Services, we prefer to give this brief introduction first, so they know how to prepare for their session ahead of time.
Workshops are formal presentations meant to help students develop different writing strategies. The current workshop options include:
- Formatting and Documentation (50 minutes): Provides an in-depth overview of the formatting and citation style required by the class. Currently, instructors may choose a workshop on one of the following styles: APA (7th Ed.), Chicago, or MLA (8th Ed.).
- Orientation for New Graduate Students (15-60 minutes): Presents information about writing resources available to graduate students tailored to the needs of the requesting department.
- Plagiarism, Paraphrase, Quotation and Summary (50 minutes): Teaches students who to properly integrate and cite information from sources into their own writing.
- Productive Peer Review (30-50 minutes): Teaches students how to offer constructive feedback using a writing sample from UWS or a class assignment provided by the instructor.
- Reflective Writing (50 minutes): Teaches students how to actively reflect on their first impressions, observations, opinions, and experiences through writing.
- Thesis Statements (50 minutes): Teaches students how to identify, differentiate between, and craft informative statements and argumentative claims.
In-Class Assistance for Instructors
Invite a writing consultant into your classroom to act as an additional facilitator during class. The consultant can address writing concerns with students working individually or in small groups.
For more specific information about writing pedagogy and how you can use writing to enhance learning in your classroom, contact the Saint Louis University Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching. They invite all full time, part time, and adjunct instructors to schedule a meeting to discuss and receive feedback about how to design writing assignments and respond to student writing.
The majority of the students who visit us say they first heard about University Writing Services from their instructors. We rely on you to invite us into your classes, list our services in your syllabi, and to talk about our support services during class.
Contact Alexander Ocasio (firstname.lastname@example.org), coordinator of Academic Support, if you would like to receive handouts, writing guides, or promotional brochures.