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Writing Support Circles

Please click here to download a copy of the copy of the information below, and return the form signed and dated to the WSC facilitator at the beginning of the first session.

Purpose

The Writing Support Circle (WSC) is intended to create a community of learners who work together on improving their academic writing with guidance of a facilitator.

Description

Each WSC consists of 3-5 peers who meet bi-weekly for 1.5 hour sessions. Each session starts with a short mini-lesson by the facilitator and continues with activities designed to help peers learn from each other and with each other. Mini lesson topics come from course assignments, course instructors, and WSC participants. WSC Mini lessons and activities are centered on issues that present obstacles for students when writing. Examples of such issues include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Choosing a topic for a course paper
  • Narrowing down a topic to a purpose statement
  • Writing a clear and succinct purpose statement
  • Organizing a course paper
  • Finding a meaningful title for a paper
  • Working with other students on a course paper
  • Developing the ability to read critically and provide feedback to peers
  • Learning to use peer feedback to re-draft a paper
  • Following the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
  • Developing a well-organized paragraph
  • Using literature to support an argument
  • Improving technical writing skills

Ground Rules

Each participant shows his/her commitment to the WSC by agreeing to the following Ground Rules:

  • Attend all meetings of the WSC
  • Stay with one WSC and do not come to meetings of other WSCs
  • Come to the meetings on time and stay till the end of the session
  • Complete all tasks assigned to do at home by the agreed deadline
  • Read his/her peers’ work and provide feedback by the agreed deadline
  • Respond to his/her peers’ and facilitator’s emails in a timely manner
  • Participate in the WSC evaluation process/provide feedback to the WSC facilitator