Because we all write, the mission of the Writers’ Workshop is to support any member of the UMD campus community who seeks to become a better writer. The Workshop facilitates collaborative conversations with writers at any level and at any stage in the writing process in order to uncover strategies for effective communication. Those who participate in such conversations engage in the continuing process of appreciating and developing the complex skill and the intricate art of the well-written word.
The Writers’ Workshop opened for the first time on September 3, 2013, supported by funding from the Office of Academic Affairs. Collaborating with the College of Liberal Arts, the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, the Academic English Language Program, and the Departments of English, Writing Studies, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biology, the Workshop is able to offer one-to-one writing consultation to UMD’s undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
During its first year of operation, 15 graduate student and faculty consultants held over 1,400 sessions and worked with over 500 different writers. The second year of operation saw more than a 60 percent increase in sessions, with 17 consultants completing over 2,200 appointments with 779 unique writers.