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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 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. We are using an appointment system this term for our CUE 303 consultations and our online consultations. Drop-in hours are available during our Terrell Library hours.

Schedule your appointments here.
In-person appointments take place in CUE 303. Online appointments meet through the scheduling platform.

Hours

Smith CUE 303 In-Person (by appt.)
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-4:00pm

Terrell Library In-Person (drop-in)
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00pm

Online Consultations (by appt.)
Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Mondays & Thursdays 5:00pm-7:00pm

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.

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.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a writing consultant should contact the director, Brooklyn Walter: brooklyn.walter@wsu.edu

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