The Undergraduate Writing Center

any paper, any draft, any class

The Undergraduate Writing Center provides free, para-professional peer support to 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.

Our writing consultants are undergraduates from all disciplines who are trained to work with all writers on all kinds of papers. From lab reports to literature reviews, writing consultants support WSU writers and utilize resources to guide the revision process.

This term, we are offering both walk-in consultations and appointments.

Contact Us

writing.center@wsu.edu
Smith CUE 303

Hours

Smith CUE 303: walk-in
Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 4:00
Friday 12:00 – 3:00

Smith CUE 303: by appointment
Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 4:00
Friday 11:00 – 3:00

Terrell Library:  walk-in
Monday – Thursday 5:00pm – 7:00

Online Consultations: by appointment


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 possibilities for responding.
  • Conceptualize an idea and think through possibilities for its construction and delivery.
  • Develop and revise drafts to fulfill assignments and achieve goals.
  • Evaluate and respond to expectations of the assignment, professor, and university.
  • Make informed communication decisions based on audience, purpose, and genre and discipline conventions.
  • Find and use resources related to writing and editing.

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 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.

If you’re interested in becoming a writing consultant, contact the director, Brooklyn Walter: brooklyn.walter@wsu.edu


Tutorial Service for Online Students

Global Campus students and students unable to visit an on-campus Writing Center are encouraged to use eTutoring. Go to eTutoringOnline.org, select Washington State University from the list of participating schools, and follow the first time log-in instructions to gain access.

Please note that like the on-campus Writing Centers at WSU, 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.