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Student Writing Support


The last day for all locations of Student Writing Support is Wednesday, May 10. We will reopen on the first day of classes, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. We look forward to working with you then!


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.

Click here for a two-and-a-half-minute video that introduces SWS and explains who we are, what we do, and how to access our services.

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