Write-D, Writing in the Discipline, provides a dedicated time and space for graduate students to get work done and receive support on writing projects within their discipline, such as manuscripts, research proposals, etc. so that writing skills are enhanced progressively throughout the program. Guest speakers from Michigan Tech departments or the industry visit to briefly present research, writing, and publishing tips.

"My writing improved from Write-D. We received many suggestions from multiple professors and postdocs in our department regarding the best way to begin and finish writing our research papers, proposals, thesis etc."

The sessions provide:

  • disciplinary instruction in writing by departmental faculty, as needed
  • a social network in their department for working through writing challenges
  • a quiet, dedicated space and time to write
  • a platform for learning about writing in their discipline
  • training in goal setting and monitoring

Having groups meeting for writing sessions can help your students generate better writing and complete their degrees on time.

Current Write-D Groups

"Writing over a sustained period of time, rather than cramming it into a few days before the document is due is more developmentally sound."

Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Miamiao Li

Miaomiao (Melody) Li


Meeting day/time: Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Dow 875

Chemical Engineering

Grace Dykstra

Grace Dykstra


Meeting day/time: Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Chem Sci B002

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Reed Arneson

Reed Arneson


Meeting day/time: Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Forestry G004

Mathematical Sciences

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Zazil Santizo Huerta


Meeting day/time: Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Fisher 222


Alyssa Horne

Alyssa Horne


Meeting day/time: Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Fisher 201A

How to Get Involved


Contact your department’s Write-D facilitator or visit a meeting to sign up. If your department isn’t included in the listing yet, contact Sarah Isaacson, Write-D Coordinator, at sisaacso@mtu.edu


Contact Sarah Isaacson, Write-D Coordinator, at sisaacso@mtu.edu to begin Write-D in your department.