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Locations & Hours, Spring 2018

King Center (KC 415)
Open January 16 - May 4 (closed March 19-23)
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. / Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Make an appointment at the King Center location.

Student Success Building (SSB 230G, through SSB 237) 
Open January 16 - May 4 (closed March 19-23)
SSB 230G: Monday 11:30-5 / Tuesday 10-3 / Wednesday 11-5 / Thursday 11-3.
Make an appointment at the SSB location.

SSB 232 (drop-in only) – Wednesday 2-4 – no appointments are made for this location

Administration Building (AD 260)
Open February 26 - May 4 (closed March 19-23)
Monday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m / Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Thursday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Make an appointment at the AD location.

Access Center (PL 122A1)
Open January 16 - May 4 (closed March 19-23)
Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Make an appointment at the Access Center location.

Science Building (Mondays in SI 2042C, Tuesdays in SI 3062C)
Open February 26 - May 4 (closed March 19-23)
SI: Monday (SI 2042C) from 2-4 / Tuesday (SI 3062C) from 2-4 
Make an appointment at the SI location.

Central Building
Open January 16 - May 4 (closed March 19-23)
Hours: Wednesday 1-3 (CN 206) / Thursday 3-5 (CN 201) / Friday 1-3 (CN 206) 
Make an appointment at the Social Work location.

Writing Center at the Auraria Library
**located in the Knowledge Market, 1st floor of the Library near the old main entrance  
Make an appointment at the Writing Center at the Auraria Library (be sure to select Auraria Library: Denver Campus from the dropdown menu).

Apply for a Writing Center Scholarship!

THE MSU DENVER WRITING CENTER IS PROUD TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO HARD-WORKING, DEDICATED STUDENTS.

Any MSU Denver student who has used the MSU Denver Writing Center during the 2017-18 academic year can apply—Any major or minor, full or part-time, any GPA, undergraduate or graduate student! Apply or nominate someone now!

The Student Perseverance Scholarship - Two $1500 scholarships will be awarded. This scholarship recognizes someone who has made substantial personal sacrifices or overcome significant challenges to attend college. Perhaps you (or the person you wish to nominate) are a Dreamer, a recovering addict, a single parent . . . but you didn’t let that stop you from becoming a committed student.  Submit an application or nomination!

The Committed Writer Scholarship - Two $1500 scholarships will be awarded. This scholarship recognizes someone who has made a significant commitment to becoming a better writer. Submit an application or nomination!

Application deadline: March 16, 2018

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Writing Center Director, at ekleinfe@msudenver.edu or 303-556-6071.

 

SEE LAST YEAR'S WINNERS, BELOW.

2017 MSU Denver Writing Center Scholarship Winners

 Katarina Nilsson

Curious”

Major: Event and Meeting Management.

Desired Career: Event Manager/Coordinator.

Hobbies: Sports, concerts, social events, travels, hikes, friends, family and good food.

Words of Wisdom“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.

Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:

Get involved! Since our university in part of a commute campus it is easy to simply go to class and then home again. I am a part of three societies on campus and often participate in different volunteer opportunities, I can honestly say that it has really made a different and that I met some of my very close friends this way. You will get what you put into your education and your university career. This is something I strongly believe in all areas of life and it is the best tip I can give my fellow peers at MSU Denver.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
I think being a self paid international student is, and always has been my biggest challenge that I am still learning to overcome. I am not sure how I found the courage to leave everything I know behind in Sweden and move here by myself, but I think it could all be summed up in one word: curiosity. In part one of this interview I used the adjective “curious” to best describe me and I believe that is what it all boils down to. I am an extremely curious person, that in combination with being very determined and adventurous has given me a “what is the worst that can happen?” view on life and in trying new things to get out of my comfort zone. I tend to look at the bright side of life and tackle obstacles once they appear instead of waiting for one to happen. Keeping a positive and open mind towards the unknown is how I believe I face and overcome all obstacles that may come my way, and that is exactly what I will keep doing because so far it has worked out great!

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration?

I think it is more of a question of who inspires me rather than what. It would be impossible for me to only pick one source of inspiration in my life so to name a few; my mother, father, sister and grandparents. All of which I mentioned are the most genuine, hardworking and loving people I have ever met in my entire life. No matter what I set my mind to in life, and even if we do not always agree, my family has always supported me in all my decisions and therefore made me confident and empowered in being my own person. They taught me the value and rewards that come from hard work and following your intuition. Even though I know they would love and support me no matter what, making them and myself proud of who I am and my accomplishments is what inspires me and keeps me going even when times are tough. 


Jazmine R. Fernandez

Determined”

Major: Management

Desired career: Entrepreneur

Hobbies: Playing violin and art

Words of wisdom: You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” –J.K. Rowling

 

Advice to other for success at MSU-Denver:

Even if you feel lost in your first year in college, just keep on going. You never know what opportunities you will see in the future.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
One of the biggest challenges that I had faced is asking for help. Since I am an introvert, I didn’t really ask for help because I always thought that people were constantly judging me. I overcame this by collecting enough courage to go to a tutor to help with my writing. Ever since the first day I went to the Writing Center, I felt more comfortable talking and asking questions. Now, I feel I have lots of support and met great people at the Writing Center!

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration?

The people that inspired me the most is my family and friends. Not only them inspired me, but organizations like Colorado Challenge and Excel as well. Without any of them, I would not be where I am today


Luis Parades

“Agreeable”

Major: Accounting

Desired Career: Certified Public Accountant

Hobbies: Hiking

Words of Wisdom: “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:

Use all of your school’s resources. Get involved with any student organizations that interests you. This will make the most of your college experience.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?

There are many challenges I can name but the one that stands out is paying for my education. Balancing life, a full time job and school is never easy. The way I overcome this obstacle is by taking control of my finances. As an accounting student I have learned how to create an image (literary) of my finances. Another thing that I’ve been doing is keeping up with all the scholarships that are offered to us as students. Scholarships are essential to overcoming this challenge.

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration?

My ultimate inspiration is learning. Learning new things is what keeps me motivated, what gets me out of bed every morning and what keeps me reading new and interesting books.


Get it in writing!

Do you want to say what you really mean? plan and organize a writing project? document source material? avoid plagiarism? make writing less stressful? learn how to proofread your work?

Get help at any stage of a writing project, from finding a topic to organizing the content to producing the final draft.

We work with writers in all areas of study, at all levels, in all stages of their writing processes, and with all types of writing projects. The Writing Center offers students resources for developing as writers and thinkers, sharing their work and ideas, and receiving thoughtful feedback on work in progress in a practical, friendly, collaborative environment. In our humble opinion, all students would benefit from working with a writing advisor.

We can help you with 

  • essays and research papers for any class
  • senior capstone projects and portfolios
  • Honors theses
  • Individualized Degree Program rationales
  • scholarship essays
  • graduate school application essays
  • creative writing, including poetry and fiction
  • resumes and cover letters

We offer 40 minute consultations and 10 minute Ask a Question sessions. Ask a Question sessions are designed for students to ask one or two simple questions, such as "how should I cite this source?" For all other situations, we recommend a 40 minute consultation.

Please note that if you are a MSU Denver student needing help with writing for a CCD class (such as ENG 060 or ENG 090), you should go to the CCD Writing Center on the fourth floor of the Confluence Building. 

Learn more about the Writing Center by viewing our orientation video here.


Need a quiet place to write?

Come to Breakfast Club! Enjoy breakfast snacks & coffee in the KC Writing Center on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. No appointment needed—just show up, get caffeinated, & write!

Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule

Attend one of our interactive workshops to learn about a specific aspect of writing in a group setting. All workshops will take place in the Writing Center’s SSB location (SSB 230G). No reservation necessary—just show up!  

  • Mastering Grammar and Punctuation Basics. Facilitated by Erienne. Thursday, February 8, 2-3:15. 
  • Focusing and Developing Thesis Statements. Facilitated by Erienne. Monday, March 5, 2-3:15. 
  • Citing Sources in MLA Format. Facilitated by Melissa. Tuesday, April 3, 3:30-4:45.
Want to hone your craft?

Join or form a writing group! The Writing Center is happy to host student, faculty, and/or staff writing groups, providing a comfortable space and coffee! 

Here are some tips for forming groups: 

1. Find other writers. You might ask classmates to join, post a flyer announcing that your group needs members in the Writing Center, and ask your writing professors to suggest peers who might be interested. 

2. Decide on a regular time to meet. Meeting once a week might be difficult to maintain once the semester gets rolling. Groups often find that one meeting a month is manageable without being overwhelming. 

3. Discuss with your members what kind of group you want to be: a workshopping group that shares and comments on drafts? an accountability group that shares goals and encourages each other? a shut-up-and-write group that meets to write? 

4. Establish ground rules. If drafts are to be discussed, who will bring drafts? How long will discussion last? If you are a shut-up-and-write group, will there be designated time for socializing? 

To arrange to use the Writing Center for your meetings, call us at 303-556-6070 or come by in person. 

 

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