For Minors

Minor in Writing Advising

To help you achieve your goals for the Minor and assure your progress through the portfolio archiving process, you should plan to meet at least once each semester with an advisor to discuss your academic plan, assess your progress, and get answers to any questions you may have. Graduating Minors must meet with their advisors in the semester before graduation to complete their Minor Release form. Advisors are also available to review your blog, archive, and portfolio with you in order to brainstorm, discuss choices and revisions, consider layout, visual rhetoric, navigation, and more.

To meet with a Minor in Writing advisor, schedule an appointment using the button above.

Advisors:
Julie Babcock (babcockj@umich.edu)
Paul Barron (pdbarron@umich.edu)
Louis Cicciarelli (lcicciar@umich.edu)
T Hetzel (hetzel@umich.edu)
Shelley Manis (smanis@umich.edu)
Raymond McDaniel (raymcd@umich.edu)
Naomi Silver (nesilver@umich.edu)

Minor in Writing Archive & Electronic Portfolios

Your final eportfolio for the Sweetland Minor in Writing will be drawn from the whole array of writing you have done and projects you have developed, both within, across, and independent of your undergraduate coursework.

In order to have access to this array, you will need to archive your work during your four semesters in the Minor. We encourage you to make a habit of archiving anything you think might be useful to you when you assemble your portfolio: not just papers or presentations, but notes, drafts, email... a broad history of your compositional process, whether for coursework or for your own purposes. To streamline archiving, we have an online location for you to save your work, as well as a form that accompanies each new item to remind you what it is and why you saved it. You'll learn how to use this archive in your WRITING 220 class.

This archiving process will provide you multiple resources to choose from. We call these artifacts – these can be textual (for example, a written essay), multimedia (for example, a video essay or podcast) or a hybrid (for example, a PowerPoint presentation).

One way to imagine the relationship between your archive and your eportfolio is to think of your archive as a closet, filled with garments for every situation and climate, and your eportfolio as an actual outfit, artifacts selected and assembled from the archive/closet. Part of what you will learn in this program is how to design an eportfolio to meet the needs of various rhetorical occasions, like those presented by job interviews or grad school applications, as well as the final Minor portfolio itself.

Your eportfolio will showcase your selection of artifacts for the purpose of displaying the range and quality of your work, as well as your understanding of that work and how best to present it.

Your final Minor in Writing portfolio will contain the following components:

  • Your Directed Self-Placement (DSP) essay
  • 1 major artifact from your First-Year Writing Requirement Course
  • 1 major artifact from each course you've taken that fulfills the Minor requirement
  • Your WRITING 220 course
  • An Upper-Level Writing Requirement course in your concentration
  • A second Upper-Level Writing Requirement course in your concentration or another field
  • Your English department course (ENG 225, ENG 229, or ENG 325) or WRITING 200 (3cr only)
  • Your WRITING 400 course (your major capstone project)
  • At least 3 writing artifacts produced outside of coursework in various modes
  • At least 3 additional reflective artifacts of your choosing
  • A link to the writing blog to which you contributed over the course of the Minor
  • An evidence-based reflective essay that introduces your final portfolio
  • At least one artifact chosen must include all components of the writing process for that assignment, including:
    • some aspects of invention
    • rough drafts
    • peer and instructor feedback
    • responses to feedback
    • revisions, and
    • final draft
  • Of the artifacts included, at least three must be in various modes/media (such as an audio essay, or a peer critique letter, or a PowerPoint presentation, etc.).

The archive can be found on CTools; you will see the Writing Minor Archive tab when you login. Follow the instructions on the archive home page to create your archive Profile and get started archiving! Each time you complete a piece of writing that is meaningful to you (whether personally, professionally, academically, etc.), please archive it by uploading it to the drop box and completing the Artifact Record form. Please note that we’re defining writing broadly to include any relevant medium, whether it be a paper, PowerPoint, video, blog post, mind map, etc.

Minor in Writing Blog

The Minor in Writing blog exists as a venue for conversation, reflection, and cohort-building for the entire Minor community, and it provides an ongoing record of your growth as a writer within the program. The blog has three sections -- Gateway, Capstone, and Community -- for the different phases of your time in the Minor. In your gateway and capstone courses, it will be a place to think through class readings, reflect on your writing process, and exchange ideas and comments with classmates who share your learning experiences and care about writing as much as you do. On a broader scale, the Community section of the blog allows you to converse with all members of the Minor in Writing program, and to maintain your sense of connection with the community, even when you are not enrolled in shared classes. Here you will reflect on new writing experiences, share successes and challenges, articles and websites, and generally keep in touch.

All sections of the Minor in Writing blog are publicly available to anyone with the link, but they are not available to search engines (so if someone Googles you, your Minor blog posts will not show up).

After you are accepted into the Minor, your gateway course instructor will add you to the blog, and you’ll receive an email from WordPress containing a username and password; follow the link and log in, and you will be taken to your “Dashboard” where you can create your profile and your first post. More detailed how-to guides are available on the Minor in Writing Blog on the Best Practices page.

After Graduation

After completing the Minor in Writing, please join our Alumni page on Linked In and keep up with classmates and alumni events.

Summer Internships for Graduating Minors

The Sweetland Center for Writing hires two graduating undergraduates who have completed one of the following: the Sweetland Peer Tutor Program or the Sweetland Minor in Writing to work as paid interns from mid-May through mid-August. Interns work 15-20 hours per week between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Interns will work closely with each other and Sweetland staff and faculty on several writing center initiatives. Click here for more info.