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.

Departments Fall 2021

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

Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

 Laura Schaerer

Laura Schaerer


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

Meeting location: Dow 743 or Zoom (contact the facilitator for link)

Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Brian Rivers

Brian Rivers


Meeting day/time: Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Dow 875 or Zoom (contact the facilitator for link)

Chemical Engineering

Daniel Kulas

Daniel Kulas


Meeting day/time: Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Chem Sci 215 or Zoom (contact the facilitator for link)

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.