Undergraduate Writing Center
The Undergraduate Writing Center has two branches: the individualized tutoring program provides free, para-professional peer tutoring to support students as they clarify, develop, and best articulate their ideas, and the writing collaboratives program offers 1-credit, low-risk, small-group, workshop-style courses to support students who are enrolled in writing-intensive courses like English 101 or M-Courses.
The Undergraduate Writing Center is offering individualized support to students in two formats for fall term: Zoom meetings with a writing consultant and written feedback on drafts.
Students hoping to interact with a consultant, perhaps for brainstorming purposes, or to ask clarifying questions about an assignment, or just to connect with another person during the writing process, should request a Zoom session with a writing consultant. Students who have some form of a draft that they’d like to have reviewed should 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.
Students can request a meeting with a consultant over Zoom by following these instructions:
- Check out our Zoom schedule (available soon) and find two upcoming sessions that would work best for you.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your WSU student email account and include your WSU student ID number in the email; write “Zoom Request” in the subject line, give us a brief (1 sentence) overview of what you’re hoping to talk about with a consultant, and include the two times that would work best with your schedule.
- The Writing Center program assistant will respond with a Zoom ID and day and time for you to log-in. You’ll enter a waiting room when you join before being assigned a breakout room with a consultant.
Students can request written feedback on their drafts by following these instructions:
- Send an email to email@example.com from your WSU student email account and include your WSU student ID number in the email. “Request for Feedback” should be the subject line.
- Include your draft (or outline, or brainstorm, or other document) as an attachment, as well as the assignment or rubric, if possible.
- The body of your email should include any concerns you have about the draft or assignment, or other instructions to help the consultant focus their feedback.
- The Writing Center will forward your request to a member of our staff who will offer feedback, comments, suggestions, and resources within 24 hours.
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.
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 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.
The Writing Collaboratives Courses …
- provide a low-risk environment to practice and hone skills necessary for writing-intensive courses
- offer support to students as they engage with the challenges of writing for college courses
- are facilitated by Writing Center consultants from a range of disciplines
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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.
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