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Student Writing Support provides free writing instruction for all University of Minnesota students—graduate and undergraduate—at all stages of the writing process. In face-to-face and online collaborative consultations, we help students develop productive writing habits and revision strategies.

A writing consultation is a conversation between a writer and a consultant. During that conversation, the participants will set an agenda for the session, talk about the work in progress, and work together to meet the writer's goals.

In addition to writing consultations, we offer a variety of videos, printable handouts, and web pages in our quick help section, including resources especially for multilingual writers, especially for graduate writers, for help with documenting sources, and many more.

mySWS is an online interface through which you can manage many aspects of your SWS writing consultations. Through it, you can
  • make, reschedule, and cancel appointments for consultations
  • revise submissions, see consultant comments, enter chats
  • find a list of your upcoming and past SWS consultations
  • update your student profile
  • record your own reflections on your consultations

For more information, visit our track your visits page.

an online interface through which you can manage many aspects of your SWS writing consultations


Nicholson Front Desk (to make, reschedule, and cancel appointments, and to ask general questions about SWS)

Debra Hartley
5 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant St SE (Office)
10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Dr SE (Mail)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Katie Levin
10 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

link to Center for Writing giving page

Watch our video about SWS:
Everybody writes. We'll help you you get better at it.

Take a look at our resources for multilingual writers:

Google It Up!: A Tutorial on Selecting Just the Right Phrase

Videos about learning to write American academic English: Voices of Minnesota’s Multilingual Writers

Our video: Student Writing Support for Multilingual Writers

Everyone: Check out our Center for Writing alumni pages!