Writing Outreach

Our SASC writing faculty offer in-class and group seminars focusing on strategies for writing papers to meet specific writing prompts. Our Writing Specialists coordinate with professors to determine the format and content appropriate for each seminar. While the focus of these sessions varies to accommodate specific content areas and academic needs, particular emphasis is placed on critical and research essays, technical writing, and understanding methods of citing work.

Outreach Writing Support Goals

  • Improve student writing skills specific to given disciplines
  • Support writing initiatives and interests within departments
  • Expand opportunities for communication and interaction among faculty, students and the SASC on matters related to writing
  • Emphasize the disparate writing purposes and expectations of specific disciplines

Outreach Format


At any time during the semester, course instructors may request an informal orientation to the writing resources and services offered through the SASC. This introduction is a brief, five-to-ten minute, in-class preparation.


At the request of course instructors, SASC faculty will created tailor-made presentations and deliver them in class to teach discipline-specific or assignment-specific writing strategies. Writing instruction may include:

  • Forming thesis statements
  • Using appropriate writing formats
  • Following citation requirements
  • Organizing formal papers
  • Using literature and research in writing
  • Writing for student journals


Throughout each semester, we hold writing workshops outside of class periods. Students who attend these workshops often generate the session’s content by bringing questions about assignment criteria, rough drafts, or notes from readings.

The SASC posts announcements displaying the times, dates and locations of these workshops on walls, halls and bathroom stalls across the Portland Campus. We also spread the word about these workshops via campus email.

Co-moderated workshops occur when SASC faculty and course instructors co-facilitate sessions, either during class periods, or outside of class time. These collaborative workshops allow the instructor to address specific assignment criteria and expectations, while SASC faculty help students to select and use appropriate writing strategies and techniques.


As a faculty member, before contacting the SASC, you might consider the following questions to determine the purpose and focus of more formal writing support:

  • What specific class writing assignment will this presentation or workshop address?
  • How can this presentation or workshop help you to implement this assignment?
  • How can this presentation or workshop help students to meet your grading criteria?
  • What is the desired outcome of the presentation or workshop?
  • What specific information will be necessary? Who will present it?
  • What role will the SASC faculty play in the presentation or workshop (e.g., facilitator, collaborator, or guinea pig)?

Writing Faculty

Brenda Edmands
Portland Campus Developmental Writing Supervisor