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The Writing Center's Mission and Goals

Our primary mission is to help MSU Denver students become stronger, more confident writers by developing healthy writing processes, metacognitive awareness, and a broad repertoire of writing strategies. Additionally, we work with MSU Denver faculty, alumni, and community members who want to become stronger writers.

Our Goals

  • Welcome all MSU Denver writers at any stage in their writing process, in any discipline, composing in any genre;
  • Promote writing as a thinking tool;
  • Build students’ understanding of how they learn best;
  • Help writers develop transferable writing skills, including drafting, revising, editing, content development, and source use, through metacognitive reflection;
  • Help students understand and negotiate expectations for academic, professional, and disciplinary writing;
  • Foster understanding and acceptance of diverse identities, viewpoints, and linguistic backgrounds;
  • Support instructors in developing writing assignments that are informed by current writing theory and research;
  • Encourage, support, sponsor, and participate in writing research;
  • Practice methods and strategies informed by current theory and research; and
  • Mentor undergraduate writing advisers and interns.

 

Outcomes

Students who visit the Writing Center will

  1. Demonstrate that they understand that writing is a process.
  2. Use invention strategies as part of their writing process.
  3. Recognize that every piece of writing has a purpose and an audience. 
  4. Make appropriate rhetorical choices about thesis, development, organization, and style by considering the purpose and audience of a piece of writing. 
  5. Demonstrate a growth mindset toward writing.
  6. Use writing as a thinking tool as well as a communication tool.
  7. Be able to use multiple revision strategies at various points in their writing process.
  8. Use resources appropriately.