SSW Writing Program

The SSW Writing instructor—Magdalena Zapędowska—welcomes you to Smith SSW and invites you to watch this short video about the academic support services she offers.  See below for more detailed information about writing program offerings.

Individual Writing Counseling

Our experience has shown us that all writers can benefit from feedback on their writing, no matter what their level of expertise, so make appointments with us to discuss your work at any stage of the process. We can help you break down an assignment, brainstorm ideas, create an outline, organize first drafts and polish final papers. We’re here to help you produce your best work by building on your strengths. We also offer more specialized work for English Language Learners and people with learning differences.

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Writing Workshops

Term 1
All workshops are on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Seelye 304.

June 8 - Managing your coursework
The fast pace of the summer academic session makes effective time and coursework management all the more important. In this workshop you will learn how to create a manageable schedule for yourself, how to manage a large reading load, and how to plan for crunch times.  

June 15 workshop postponed.

June 22: Overcoming writing anxiety
All writers experience writing anxiety to a greater or lesser extent but this anxiety can be especially intense if you’re returning to school - and to writing - after a long break. In this workshop you will learn strategies for overcoming or minimizing writing anxiety so it doesn’t hider your academic success. 

June 29, 1:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE AN EARLIER START TIME): Developing your own writing process
At the Smith College School for Social work we believe that writing is a process rather than a finished product. In this workshop you will learn about stages of the writing process and begin to develop a process that works best for you. 
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July 6: Writing clearly and concisely 
Experienced writers understand the importance of clear prose for effective communication. In this workshop you will learn a set of simple steps for analyzing and revising your sentences to make them clearer, more concise, and easier to read. 
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