Undergraduate Writing Center
The Undergraduate Writing Center provides free, para-professional peer tutoring to support students as they clarify, develop, and best articulate their ideas. The format is peer-collaboration and dynamic conversation in which the writing consultant brings some knowledge of writing and revising for college and the student brings some knowledge about the content and their course and their ideas and goals relative to their project.
Due to Covid-19 and remote working conditions, we are offering support in two forms this term: Zoom meetings with writing consultants and written feedback on drafts. Scroll down to learn more.
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.
Fall Zoom Hours
Monday 10 – 12; 1 – 5
Tuesday 10 – 12; 1 – 5
Wednesday 10 – 12; 1 – 5; 6 – 8
Thursday 10 – 12; 1 – 5; 6 – 8
Friday 10 – 12; 1 – 4
Fall Feedback Hours
Monday 9 – 4
Tuesday 9 – 4
Wednesday 9 – 4
Thursday 9 – 4
Friday 9 -3
Writing Center Support This Term:
Zoom appointment with a consultant:
- Go to this page: WC Online Scheduling System
- Select Undergraduate WC Schedule.
- First time users will need to create an account using their WSU email address.
- Find a time that works with your schedule and make an appointment.
- At the time of your appointment, follow the instructions for the Zoom session. You’ll enter a waiting room when you join before being assigned a breakout room with a consultant.
Students hoping to work with a consultant to brainstorm ideas, ask clarifying questions about an assignment, read through a draft together, or just connect with another person during the writing process should make an appointment for a Zoom session.
Written feedback on a draft:
- Start an email to email@example.com from your WSU student email account and include your WSU student ID number in the email.
- Include your draft (or outline, or brainstorm, or other document) as an attachment, as well as the assignment or rubric, if possible.
- Tell us any concerns you have about the draft or assignment, or other instructions to help the consultant focus their feedback.
- Send your email.
- The Writing Center will forward your request to a member of our staff who will offer feedback, comments, suggestions, and resources within 24 hours.
Students who have some form of a draft that they’d like to have reviewed can request written feedback from a writing consultant. Written feedback on a draft will come in the form of a letter to you, the writer, with reader reactions, answers to any questions you pose in your request for feedback, suggestions for revision, and a couple of in-text margin comments, if possible.
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.
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. Students from disciplines other than English are encouraged to apply.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a writing consultant should contact the director, Brooklyn Walter: firstname.lastname@example.org
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