We know that writing can be stressful for many students of all ability levels and having experienced consultants to help you clarify and focus your work is an invaluable asset. Whether you have a full draft or are just getting started, working with a writing consultant helps demystify the writing process, combat procrastination, clarify ideas, and build confidence in your work. These resources can guide you toward getting started at the Writing Center.
The Writing Center (Library 122) is open for Walk-In, In-Person, & Asynchronous (Online) Appointments:
|Mondays||4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Tuesdays||9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.|
|Wednesdays||4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Thursdays||9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.|
|Sundays||4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
The Writing Center is closed during all Western breaks, the Sunday after any breaks and during Finals Week. Please see our scheduling software for the most up to date availability.
- Help writers help themselves. We help people become better writers by working with them at any stage of the writing process. No matter if you’re brainstorming topics or polishing your final draft, we’re here to help.
- Serve as interested readers who are here to give as much constructive feedback as we can. The Writing Center is not just a place for “problem” papers. We’re here for all levels of writing.
- Work with writers for 25- or 50-minute sessions, depending on availability and needs.
- Provide a great place to work, with available resources, even if you do not have an appointment.
What We Don’t Do
- “Fix papers,” write papers, proofread, edit, or otherwise “pre-grade” drafts. Although consultants do not proofread or edit papers, they do help students learn strategies for improving their ability to proofread and edit. Consultants do not have all the answers, but they are patient and willing to listen—and they know how to use handbooks, style manuals, and online resources
- In-Person: On campus, writers work with writing consultants in 25- or 50- minutes sessions. This appointment type works well for all stages of the writing process.
- Online (Asynchronous): This appointment type works well when you already have a working draft.
- Walk-In: Don’t have an appointment? Walk in to check availability.
- Work Space: All students are welcome to work on their writing in the WC and utilize the available resources there, even if they do not have an appointment.
Writers should come prepared to work and to talk about their writing.
We’ll ask you what you want to work on in the session, and we’ll follow your lead to make sure we cover what you want to cover. If we see something in a draft that needs attention, we’ll alert you to it, but we’ll also ask if that is something you want to work on. Believing strongly that writers build on their strengths, we’ll also be sure to point out the strong points of your work.
Sessions can focus on:
- Understanding an assignment sheet,
- Developing ideas,
- Planning an essay,
- Revising work through the process of reading a draft together, or
- Addressing other writing concerns.
Writing consultants are available for face-to-face and for online (asynchronous) appointments. Writing consultants strive to make sure writers’ questions are answered and that you leave with a plan for continuing your work. Writers are also invited to make follow-up appointments, either with the same consultant or someone new.
So that the tutors can help you most effectively, please bring:
- The assignment sheet or prompt, if there is one
- Any notes or drafts toward the project
- Any questions you have
- Recent feedback from your professor, if available
- A readiness to work with the consultant
The Writing Center is looking for excellent students with a strong background in writing and an interest in helping other students.
Applicants must have completed the first-year writing requirement (English 102), though applicants in any major are welcome to apply. Priority is given to students of junior or senior standing, and local graduate students are also encouraged to apply. To become a writing consultant, submit the following information to the Writing Center Director, Tamara Toomey, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Writing Center Application (available on request)
- A letter of interest. Please describe your interest in writing, working with and helping writers, and your relevant skills.
- Two writing samples. Writing samples should be graded work from current or very recent courses.
Schedule an appointment at the Writing Center.
The Writing Center welcomes walk-in appointments but encourages you to schedule appointments in advance to minimize wait times and ensure that you can meet with a Writing Center Consultant before your assignment is due. Appointments begin on the hour or half-hour. If you are running late for your appointment, call the Writing Center at 970.943.7079.
Get help on all your writing projects.
The Writing Center is dedicated to providing writing support to all Western students at any stage of the writing process – from brainstorming to revision of drafted papers. Writing Center consultants assist with any kind of writing for all majors, from research papers, to presentations, to application materials, to creative writing pieces.
Becoming a better writer
Professor Brenna Womer conducts a journalism workshop for Western students.