Writing Center

What We Do

For Students
The Writing Center

What we do to assist you:

  • Work with you as you learn and use conventions of Standard English: grammar, mechanics, citation styles
  • Make sense of an assignment
  • Develop your ideas/thesis/argument, even if the consultant hasn't taken the class or had another class with the professor
  • Learn an effective writing process
  • Organize and structure your writing
  • Improve introductions, conclusions, transitions and body paragraphs
  • Design more effective sentences
  • Identify the weakest elements of your writing so you can focus when you revise
  • Flesh out your writing skills over a prolonged period of time

What we don't do:

  • Revise or “fix” your paper for you
  • Proofread entire papers for grammar errors or misspellings
  • Tell you what you should think
  • Help significantly with a paper due in an hour or even the next day
For Instructors

What we do to assist you:

  • Visit your class to explain what the Writing Center does
  • Provide training in teaching elements of the writing process
  • Together, design writing assignments to meet your objectives
  • Conduct peer response sessions in the Writing Center under your guidance
  • Discuss writing issues with you

What we don't do:

  • Tell you what writing assignments to make
  • Tell you how writing in your discipline should look
  • Tell Writing Center clients what grades they should receive on the writing assignments you make