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Services for Students, Faculty, and Staff

We empower students, faculty, and staff to develop writing skills and confidence by providing one-to-one consultations, resources, and programming that support and enhance writing across campus. Come see what our team of professional writing consultants has to offer:

UWC Consultant KC Collazo
  • Free, individualized writing consultations
  • Faculty consultations for designing assignments and for responding to student writing
  • Online resources
  • Online sessions for those who have trouble visiting the center

UWC Professional Writing Consultants can help you

  • Address your writing anxiety, plan before your writing procrastination, and overcome your writer's block
  • Understand your writing task
  • Discover your ideas and identify your topic
  • Evaluate your audience and purpose
  • Develop and/or refine your thesis
  • Incorporate your sources effectively
  • Revise for coherence and organization
  • Edit for clarity and conciseness
  • Work in APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA styles/formatting
  • Understand grammar, punctuation, and usage
  • Develop revision strategies

What you need to know about writing consultations

What happens during a UWC writing consultation?

  • Your UWC consultant will have checked out the "Schedule an Appointment" form you completed in signing up for your session and will have paid special attention to your response to the "What are your concerns about this writing task?" question.
  • In Fall 2020, you can opt to sign up for a 30- or 60-minute UWC session in the WCOnline scheduler. In practice, this means 25 or 45-50 total minutes of session time, as your consultant will need a few minutes before their next commitment.
  • When your session starts, your consultant will probably ask you about your writing effort, where you are in it, your prompt/assignment/goal, task...
  • The shape your session takes will depend on where you are with your draft, where/how you want to focus, and a mix of strategies that work for you and/or for your writing task. If you know how you work best, say so. If you're looking for strategies, say so.
  • Your consultant will work with you and will also actively check in with you: "What writing strategies have worked for you in the past?" and "Is what we're doing working?"
  • Your consultant will also help you identify priorities, patterns, and approaches that you can transfer to other writing tasks.

Will my UWC writing consultant correct my grammar and punctuation errors?

The short answer is "No!" The UWC is not a last-minute fix-it shop.

The longer answer is that we hope you'll see us as colleagues, coaches, mentors, and readers, rather than editors. We can help you develop editing strategies and help you identify mechanical errors, but we won't proofread your papers for you.

Will my professor know that I visited the University Writing Center, or what we talked about?

No. You can ask your consultant for a note stating that you participated in a session, but the UWC and its consultants do not discuss sessions with professors. A professor may ask you about your UWC session if you tell him/her you visited us, but we consider what is said during a session to be confidential. It's important for you to feel safe to test out ideas, and it's important for us to stay outside of the evaluative classroom learning space.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, check out our newly updated Make an Appointment page.

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