What Happens at the Writing Center?
Students typically come to the writing center to improve or polish their writing. We can help with that, but we also balance that desire with our goal to make you into a better writer. When you visit the writing center, you will talk with a highly trained writing associate who will discuss ways to get started on an assignment, add length to your drafts, make revisions, and promote good writing practices. While writing associates do not proofread or edit papers, they can look for patterns of error at the sentence level and teach you correct punctuation and grammar.
Who Uses the Writing Center?
Whether you are a first-year student in a first-year seminar, a second-year student taking a writing intensive course, a third-year student with a writing assignment to complete for a course in your major, or a senior with a long research paper to write, we are here for you. We even give feedback to graduate students working on thesis projects. If you write, you belong here.
Do Writing Associates help students with Grammar?
Yes. We provide instructional guidance to help students learn to identify and correct their grammatical errors. In alignment with our educational mission, writing associates do not proofread students’ essays for them, but instead provide writing coaching to undergraduates in the following ways:
- Identify patterns of grammatical error
- Teach process-oriented strategies to find and correct errors
- Suggest proofreading techniques
- Work to instill the confidence students need to progress as writers
- Suggest additional resources for studying grammar
What is Good Writing?
Good writing stems from learning that writing is a process that includes seeking out and valuing feedback. Ultimately, good writing is inherently tied to a simple and magnificent truth: writing is about making choices that have consequences. Learning to write is a process of inquiry into form, function, style, grammar, organization, and rhetoric.
"The writing associate helped me organize my essay. He helped me by guiding me as I created an outline and by helping me think through the entire writing process."