Writing Center tutors help writers with any piece of writing in any stage of the writing process, but they do not write or edit or proofread papers. To do so would violate the Academic Honor Code.
Specifically, they can help with:
- Brainstorming: Tutors can help students formulate a thesis, gather ideas, outline paragraphs. They will also sit and talk to students who need to organize their thoughts about a given assignment.
- Organization: They will look at outlines and notes to help determine a way to organize thoughts about a given assignment.
- Revision and Rewriting: Tutors can help make sense of a professor's suggestions and problems and offer suggestions on how to improve the paper.
- Proofreading: They help teach writers to learn to identify mechanical and format errors in their work.
- Fiction writing: Tutors can help with plot, form, dialogue, structure, or just read it over and respond as in a workshop class.
There are also a number of resources in the Writing Center's library, including the current MLA Handbook.
The Writing Center office is in the first floor of Froelicher Lobby.
Students can make an appointment at the Writing Center in a number of ways:
- By calling ext. 6551.
- By calling or e-mailing any of the center's tutors individually at any time; their extensions and e-mail addresses are posted on the front door.
- By stopping in during the center's drop-in hours from Sunday through Friday, mornings, afternoons, and evenings to make an appointment, or to get help right away.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center website.