The Writing Center offers individual assistance in the writing process to curriculum students of all programs. The Writing Center works individually with students on a first-come, first-served basis. The Writing Center attempts to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills.
The Writing Center is located in WLC 220. Please check the Campus-Wide Operating Hours page for the Writing Center hours of operation.
The Writing Center CAN
- Ask questions to help students think
- Encourage and guide student writers
- Explain grammar problems
- Help students learn to organize and develop papers
- Help students avoid writing problems
- Help students write more effectively
- Teach students how to proofread
- Suggest source materials for research
- Demonstrate research documentation procedures
- Assist students with word processing.
The Writing Center CAN NOT
- Write the students’ papers
- Write the students’ outlines
- “Quick-fix” a paper due in a matter of hours
- Guarantee a perfect finished product
- Influence an instructor’s grade
- Claim expertise on every paper’s topic.
Preparing for a Consultation in the Writing Center
- Students must present a valid student ID card..
- Bring all information and materials needed for the assignment.
- Neatly type the paper/outline.
- Double or triple space every paper.
- Proofread the paper before bringing it to the Writing Center so that you can eliminate careless mistakes.
- If you come to the Writing Center for a second consultation on the same paper, please bring the original paper with you.
- Be prepared with specific questions for the writing consultant. Most consultations begin with “What do you want to work on today?” Be prepared with an answer.
- If you are preparing a paper as a group, schedule a time when all the members of the group can attend the consultation.
- A group should submit one paper, not fragments of the paper from each member of the group.
- Come with realistic expectations of what can be accomplished in a short period of time.