Writing Center

A student writing advisor at the writing center

The Writing Center offers students from all disciplines two types of support to work on their writing: peer-to-peer, drop-in consultations with knowledgeable Writing Advisers and appointments with Faculty Writing Specialists from the Writing and Rhetoric department.

Who We Are

We collaborate with students in one-to-one writing sessions to help them learn strategies to improve their writing. We will offer suggestions and pose questions that aim to provoke analysis of a student's own ideas, help students respond effectively to course writing assignments, and assist a student's overall growth as a writer. We welcome students at any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to final revision, and at any point in a student's academic career, from first semester through senior comprehensive projects or preparation for graduate school and fellowship applications.

What We Do

  • Help unpack or figure out assignment prompts.
  • Brainstorm ideas for writing assignments or tasks.
  • Help organize or clarify ideas.
  • Talk through and help strengthen a topic, a thesis, or an argument.
  • Determine if claims or points need further development.
  • Teach how to cite sources and correct documentation.
  • Provide instruction in usage, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Work with students on all types or genres of texts, including:
    • Research papers
    • Argumentative and expository essays
    • Lab reports
    • Materials for presentations
    • Personal/Fellowship statements
    • and more!