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What the Writing Center Does

Our main goal is to help students build transferable writing skills they can use in any writing situation.

  • We engage students in a conversation about their papers. Our consultants are experienced in asking questions that can prompt more thinking about a paper or about a particular matter of style.

  • We do not edit papers. What we do is talk with writers about patterns of error and help them find the tools they need to fix their own errors.

  • In short, we consult with writers. We aim to prompt their thinking and to help guide them into knowing how to understand and meet the criteria of a given assignment.

You benefit by having students who write more thoughtful and well-constructed papers.

How to Make the Writing Center a Part of Your Class

Classroom Visits

If you would like your class to utilize the services of the Writing Center, we suggest hosting a classroom presentation. One of our consultants or the coordinator will visit your class and give a short presentation about the Writing Center. Your students are more likely to visit the Writing Center after seeing one of our presentations and being introduced to our services. Alternatively, show our intro videos to your class—they are available on this site in the sidebar.

To arrange a visit please email us at writing@cwi.edu.

At-Risk Student Referrals

We have a lot of experience working with at-risk students, but they might need an extra push to get them to work with a writing consultant. When recommending that an at-risk student use our services, it’s best to emphasize what the student does well in addition to what help they may need. This tells the student that they are not totally lost, and that there is hope. At-risk students should also be encouraged to meet with the Writing Center coordinator to discuss writing issues. This allows the Writing Center coordinator to place the student with the tutor who can best fit that student’s needs. Instructors are always encouraged to join that meeting.

Required Visits

Because the centers get heavily used and we have limited resources, we ask that you do not require your students to visit the Writing Center. We simply cannot accommodate every student at CWI in a semester. Instead, consider offering extra credit as an incentive.

With that being said, we are happy to make special arrangements if you feel it necessary to require visits. We can work with you to find ways to accommodate your classes. Email writing@cwi.edu for more information.

Link to Us

Please include our website address and resources on your assignment sheet and in your Blackboard materials. Students can schedule an appointment online. 

Check Your Assignments for Clarity

Our consultants can also serve as a resource for you, especially if you’re drafting a writing assignment. If you’re curious about how students will respond to it, stop by and have a real student read it. Our consultants are experts in reading and responding to college assignments.

Contact Us

Email: writing@cwi.edu