The Writing Center

Welcome to the CTLE 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.

Click here for our mission statement and goals.

APPOINTMENTS

We are offering three types of appointments this semester: Please click here for details

WORK FOR US

Our consultants are highly-qualified graduate and undergraduate students who have been carefully chosen because of their writing ability and experience with tutoring.  Writing Center work is challenging and rewarding. Consultants meet new people, sharpen their own writing skills, and live the Jesuit principle of “men and women for others.”

To learn more about becoming a Writing Center Consultant, click here: academics/ctle/writing/jobdescription

For more information about our director, click here.

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 consultation?

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.

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.

If you have any questions, please email us at writing-center@scranton.edu or stop by our CTLE location!

Last Modified: September 21, 2021