The Writing Center
What is the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is a safe space where students can work on their papers and assignments while receiving help from well-trained peer consultants. We can help guide you through every stage of the writing process, from prewriting to revising. You do not have to have a draft to visit the writing center!
Click here for our mission statement and goals.
Where is the Writing Center Located?
The Writing Center is located on the 5th floor of the Loyola Science Center, Room 588. This is also known as the Harper-McGuiness Wing. For video directions click here.
We also have a new walk-in center which is located in the Reilly Learning Commons in the Weinberg Memorial Library.
Do I have to make an appointment?
We offer appointments in the CTLE, and walk-in hours in the Reilly Learning Commons (located in the Weinberg Memorial Library). We recommend making an appointment early on in the writing process, to guarantee a one-on-one session with a consultant. If you’re having difficulty finding an open slot, we frequently announce cancellations or last-minute openings through our Twitter and Facebook pages.
To make an appointment, you can call the center at 570-941-6147, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us through our Facebook page.
The Writing Center does offer online appointments for our distance learning students. Please contact Amye Archer at email@example.com for more information.
Who works in the Writing Center?
Our consultants are highly-qualified graduate and undergraduate students who have been carefully chosen because of their writing ability and experience with tutoring. Each consultant is trained and evaluated by senior consultants and the Writing Center Director.
For consultant bios, click here.
For more information about our director, click here.
If you would like to apply for a position with us, please fill out the application!
What happens during a consultation?
Think of your consultant as a writing “coach.” A consultant will not edit your paper for you, and s/he will not “correct” your paper for you. Rather, a consultant works with your individual strengths and weaknesses to develop strategies for improvement. You will be an active participant in this process.
What should I bring to my writing conference?
Bring the assignment sheet if you have one. Also bring any notes, outlines, or drafts you may have written. If you don't have a draft, don't worry. We can help you by discussing the assignment, brainstorming ideas, planning and drafting your essay as well as revising, editing, and proofreading it.
When is the best time to visit the Writing Center?
The sooner, the better. You do not have to have a draft to come to the writing center. We can help you plan your paper by brainstorming, interpreting the assignment, and prewriting.
Later in the writing process, once you have a rough draft, we will focus on content and organization, development or support of ideas. We can also work with you on sentence-level revisions, on editing strategies, and on proofreading skills.
Too many students wait until the day before a paper is due to visit the Writing Center, which doesn't allow adequate time for anything other than superficial editing and puts undue pressure on you and your consultant. To improve your writing skills, do what successful writers do - seek out readers' feedback early and seek it often.
Can I drop off my paper so a consultant can review it before our scheduled appointment?
Yes. In fact, if you are working on an unusually long paper, we encourage you to do so. However, we do ask that you drop it off a day or two in advance so your consultant can review it properly.
Can you match me with a consultant from my major?
If possible, yes. If the Writing Center is unable to match you with a consultant from your major, we will match you with someone who can provide a sounding board for your ideas. A consultant from one discipline can help a client from another for several reasons:
Consultants have been trained to collaborate with students from various disciplines.
Consultants have a wealth of information available to help you choose your best revision strategies.
Even though they may not be familiar with course specific content, our staff can still work with you to analyze audience & purpose, revise for clarity and conciseness, edit for correctness, locate and evaluate sources, integrate and document sources, and submit drafts to turnitin.com to safeguard against unintentional plagiarism.
Can I request a specific consultant?
Yes, of course. If the consultant is available, we will schedule your appointment with that person.
I consider myself a good writer. Can I still use the Writing Center?
Absolutely! The Writing Center is part of the CTLE: The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. As the name suggests, the CTLE helps students to achieve a level of excellence in their work. Some of the University’s best students use the Writing Center on a regular basis.