For Faculty and Staff

The Writers' Workshop is eager to support faculty and staff who are teaching courses and producing their own written work.

The Writers' Workshop partners with staff and faculty in several ways inside and outside the classroom.

Teaching Support

The Workshop supports your teaching efforts by consulting with students working on assigned papers or other writing projects, including research papers, essays, reports, UROP proposals, and theses or dissertations. Please see FAQs for Faculty and Staff for policies on working with your students. You may also want to add language to your syllabus that directs students to the Workshop.

Experienced Workshop staff can also help you design your assignments, determine appropriate grading procedures, and create grading rubrics. In addition, we work with departments or programs to determine how to integrate writing throughout your curriculum. If you or your entire department are interested in this opportunity, contact Jill Jenson (jjenson) for more information.

Syllabus Language

Please use the following note on your syllabi to encourage students to take advantage of the Writers' Workshop. Instructor permission is required for appointments on exams; please use the optional note below to grant permission. See our exam policy for more information.

Suggested Syllabus Language: The Writers' Workshop offers free one-to-one writing support to all members of UMD's campus community. Sessions are held synchronously online or in-person with a graduate student or faculty consultant. Feel free to bring any writing project at any stage in the writing process. To make an appointment, visit or stop by the Workshop’s front desk located in the Securian Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library.   

[Optional] Students in this class have permission to see a Writers’ Workshop consultant for assistance on exams.

Individual Writing Support

The mission of the Writers' Workshop is to support all members of the campus community who seek to improve their writing, including faculty and staff. We all need readers to react to our drafts, to pinpoint areas that lack clarity, and to discuss ideas for revision. The Workshop consultants are eager to serve as your readers. Whether you are working on a grant proposal, an article for publication, a report for a superior, or any other type of writing, the Workshop is here to help. We'll work with you at any stage of the process, even brainstorming! Simply register for an appointment or contact Jill Jenson (jjenson) to set up a time for an individual session or, in the case of co-authorship, a group session. 


Seasoned members of the Writers' Workshop staff periodically offer workshops on topics such as designing effective writing assignments, distinguishing between writing to learn and learning to write activities, and ensuring productivity in scholarly writing endeavors. Watch your email for announcements of these opportunities. If you have suggestions for workshops that may be of value to you or your students, please contact Jill Jenson (jjenson). We're happy to accommodate your requests as resources allow.

Faculty and Staff FAQs