Undergraduate Writing Center
At the heart of the Undergraduate Writing Center is a free, walk-in, para-professional, peer tutoring service that serves all undergraduates with any type of writing at any stage of the writing process.
All students are welcome and no appointments are necessary.
Because we are a drop-in service, we recommend students visit the Writing Center early to ensure plenty of time with a consultant. Students will likely encounter a wait time near midterm and finals weeks.
In the Writing Center, administrators and consultants are committed to inclusive pedagogy. We regularly participate in professional development regarding cultural awareness and sensitivity, and we study the intersections of writing centers and social justice to deepen our understanding of the strategies we employ and the effects of those strategies. We use theories and frameworks such as critical literacy, contrastive rhetoric, and rhetorical listening as we aim to enact a pedagogy of belonging.
Learn more about our Writing Center, consultants, and services by reading our newsletter, Active Voices.
The Undergraduate Writing Center …
- offers support to students with any paper, from any class, and in any discipline
- is staffed by undergraduates trained to collaborate writers from all backgrounds and disciplines as they think, write, and communicate for college and for life
- promotes student agency and strives to support students as they navigate the challenges of reading, writing, and thinking in college
- values difference and the multiplicity of student discourse, and aims to mediate the expectations of the discourses present at the university
- uses dialogue as the venue for assisting students in their endeavors.
Writers might work with peer consultants to …
- review assignments to better understand them and brainstorm possible responses
- consider the expectations of the assignment, professor, and university
- conceptualize an argument and think through its construction and delivery
- evaluate and choose among strategies to develop and revise drafts
- discuss general and specific ways to meet the expectations of writing at the college level
- reflect on experiences as a communicator and writer and make informed rhetorical decisions
- learn about and how to access resources.
Interested in being a writing consultant?
The Writing Center is staffed by WSU students from all disciplines who enjoy talking about writing, collaborating with peers, and supporting the development of their fellow students as writers and engaged learners. Students interested in working for the Writing Center should expect to learn about issues of privilege and power as they relate to academic writing and should be eager to counteract these systems through intentional tutoring methods.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a writing consultant should contact the director, Brooklyn Walter, in Smith CUE 303.
Free, drop-in writing support
The Undergraduate Writing Center offers support to all students on any kind of writing. Trained consultants are available Monday through Friday in our main location in CUE 303 as well as satellite locations at specified times. The Writing Center is for all writers.
Please note that the Writing Center is not a proofreading service. Sessions are based in collaboration and conversation between writer and consultant, and while we do offer tutoring in areas of grammar, we are not equipped to line-edit work.
Small-Group Writing Collaboratives
Are you taking a writing intensive course this semester? A one-credit writing group may be the perfect complement.
Follow this link to see how a 1-credit writing group could benefit you: Group Collaboratives
Online Tutorial Service
Can’t make it to campus to meet with a tutor? Visit our eTutoring.org page for information about an online service that is available at no cost to all WSU students: eTutoring
Please note that eTutoring is not a proofreading service. Writers receive written suggestions and feedback, as well as some support with grammar, but online tutors are not equipped or trained to line-edit writing.
We also recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab for a quick reference for composing, revising, end editing your own essays, and for help with citation: The Purdue Owl