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 consultant.
Please call the Writing Center front desk at 303-556-6071, or contact Yvonne Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently working on a pilot program for online courses, but in the meantime, we have an online orientation video, here. And you can tell your students to view it by clicking on the button at the very top of the Writing Center homepage.
I'm so glad you asked! We offer a variety of services for students and teachers. Every semester we have workshops that students can attend and learn about citations, grammar, punctuation, and other common issues (See homepage for the schedule). We also have a sidecar project where we offer to pair a specific tutor with one section of your class who will do the orientation, and provide other specific, instructor-defined workshops during your regularly scheduled course meetings. We are also working on a menu of workshops that we can do for any of your individual classes. In the meantime, if you are interested in an in-class workshop, please contact the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, at 303-556-6071 or email@example.com.
No. We will help your students learn to identify and correct their errors themselves, but we do not make corrections to papers. Our philosophy is that students should do the work and we should facilitate that. We want you to be confident that the paper you grade was written 100% by your student and not by our consultant.
No, students must meet with a writing consultant and discuss their assignment and writing.
Students can come to the Writing Center at any stage of their writing process. We recommend that students come in as soon as they have an assignment but before they’ve started writing. At that point, we can help students break the assignment down into tasks and figure out how much time to allow for each task. We often help students brainstorm topic ideas or approaches, revise drafts, integrate and document sources.
The standard length for tutorials is 40 minutes. We also offer 10-minute Ask a Question sessions for students who just have a quick question, such as "did I cite this source correctly?"
We do have an appointment verification form that we can give to students, if they ask. The forms are stamped after the student's session, and we have stamps for either full 40-minute appointments, as well as 10-minute appointments.
The writing consultant will ask the student to explain the assignment they are working on and then ask questions about the student’s writing goals and concerns. Depending on the writing situation, writing consultants may use different strategies at this point. Strategies often used in tutorials include
- Reading the draft aloud so the student can hear how it sounds
- Asking the student to read the draft aloud so the consultant can hear how it sounds
- Asking questions about the student’s purpose and goals in the piece of writing
- Discussing different strategies and techniques the student could use in the writing
- Demonstrating and modeling different strategies and techniques
- Referring to resources such as dictionaries, handbooks and style guides
- Cutting a draft into smaller pieces and rearranging them in different ways
Yes. We strongly recommend that students make appointments to guarantee that they will have 40 minutes of uninterrupted time with a tutor.
Absolutely! We recognize that nobody's writing is perfect and writers at all levels could use help. We have a dedicated group of professional writing consultants, often who teach the composition courses on campus, who are more than happy to work with you on your projects. if you are interested, please contact the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, at 303-556-6071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the director, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, at 303-556-6071 or email@example.com.