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The Undergraduate Writing Center

The Undergraduate Writing Center provides free, para-professional peer tutoring to support students as they clarify, develop, and articulate their ideas in writing.

The format of consultations is conversation and peer-collaboration. The consultant brings knowledge of writing and revising to the conversation, and the writer brings knowledge about the assignment, the course content, and their ideas and goals relative to their project.

Summer Hours

Smith CUE room 303  
Monday – Thursday 12 – 4
Friday 9 – 4

This summer, we’re operating on a walk-in basis, meaning you don’t need to schedule an appointment.  Consultants can be available for online appointments outside of these hours.  Just send an email with that request to writing.center@wsu.edu.

Contact Us

writing.center@wsu.edu
Smith CUE 303

 

The Undergraduate Writing Center:

  • Is staffed by undergraduates trained to collaborate with 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.
  • Strives for engaged and experiential learning, and therefore is not a proofreading service.
  • Uses dialogue as the venue for assisting students in their endeavors.

Writers might work with us to:

  • Review assignments and brainstorm available possibilities for responding.
  • Evaluate and respond to expectations of the assignment, professor, and university.
  • Conceptualize an idea and think through possibilities for its construction and delivery.
  • Consider and choose from strategies to develop and revise drafts.
  • Discuss general and specific ways to meet externally- or internally-set expectations of writing.
  • Reflect on experiences as a communicator and writer.
  • Make informed rhetorical decisions.
  • Learn about and how to access resources.

Want to know more? Check out our FAQ page for common questions about the Writing Center.

Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice

In the Writing Center, administrators and consultants are committed to anti-racist and inclusive pedagogy. 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, critical race theory, and rhetorical listening as we attempt to enact a pedagogy of belonging.

Read our Statement of Antiractist and Inclusive Commitment.


Interested in being a writing consultant?

The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate 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. Undergraduate 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. Students from disciplines other than English are encouraged to apply.

Anyone interested in becoming a writing consultant and hoping to learn more should contact the director, Brooklyn Walter: brooklyn.walter@wsu.edu

If you don’t have any questions and you’d like to apply, send an email introducing yourself and attach a letter or statement of interest (to any degree of formality, creativity, and uniqueness you choose) that demonstrates your interest in joining the Writing Center and highlights what you’ll bring to the team of consultants.


Online Tutorial Service

Visit the eTutoring page for information about another 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