Reading and Language Arts

Pawley Hall, Room 490A
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3054


The Writing Clinic
490A Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4494

Writing Clinic

The Writing Clinic is a seven-day summer workshop. It includes six, two-hour instructional sessions in Pawley Hall in rooms 204, 208, and 230. The seventh session is The Author’s Chair, an event held on the last day. Parents are invited to attend this event to help celebrate children’s growth as writers as each student reads a story, poem, etc. that he or she has been working on in the clinic. The Writing Clinic tuition fee is $150 per child, non-refundable.

The Writing Clinic fills quickly so parents are advised to register early. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Interested persons should email for an application. 

Our goal
While the Writing Clinic does not take a diagnostic approach to writing, our goal is to help children grades 1-8 discover the joy and self-knowledge that comes from writing through an aesthetic, research-based approach. It is important that parents understand writing development and learning about oneself as a writer is an ongoing process. As such, it is unlikely that we are able to address all of your child’s writing needs in six instructional sessions. However, we are committed to helping your child improve as a writer and strive to help your child learn at least a few new strategies that will support his or her writing.


During the six instructional sessions, students explore genre (e.g., poetry, personal narrative, expository, memoir, etc.) and craft (language use, perspective, sentence structure, revision techniques, etc.) and engage in some illustration study to develop power of expression in writing by using visual details in art as support for vivid thinking and descriptive writing. Students regularly discuss their written work with peers and teachers, making use of the Six Traits Writing Model to self-assess their writing products, their strengths as writers, and areas where support in writing is needed.

Clinic teachers are graduate students in our Reading and Language Arts master’s program who are enrolled in a graduate course titled RDG 575: Teaching Writing in the Elementary and Secondary School. The clinic is directed by the professor of the course. While there is no written report, parents will be able to see their children’s work in the Writing Folder and Writer’s Notebook that go home on the last day.