College writing can be a demanding mix of academic language, research knowledge, argument and personal expression. The friendly, talented staff of the WSU Writing Center is waiting to help students discover solutions to their writing needs.
Located in Minne 348, the Writing Center offers free, individualized instruction in all forms and disciplines during any stage of writing, reading or research.
Online Tutoring Offered due to COVID-19
The Writing Center will not be offering face-to-face tutorials during the Fall 2020 semester. Writing tutorials will be completed during Fall 2020 using Zoom technology.
To start the online tutorial process, students will need to make an appointment with a writing center tutor through WSU's Tutor Trac. Appointments must be made 30 minutes in advance of the tutorial.
Upon making an appointment, students will be able to find their tutor's Zoom address in Tutor Trac. Students may also receive an email with a Zoom link from their tutor. Students unable to locate their tutor's Zoom address can email the tutor and request a Zoom link one hour before the appointment. As always, tutorials will last approximately 30 minutes.
You can make an appointment with the Writing Center online. After entering your ID and password into Tutor Trac, students should click on "Search For Availabilities," then select “Writing Center” from the Center drop-down menu. Next, enter the Date and Time you wish to have a tutorial. Available tutors will be shown. You and your tutor will receive an email upon booking an appointment.
The Center is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students with long careers as successful writers, and tutors are trained to help students identify a plan for their writing assignments in any major. The staff works closely with students, faculty and administrators to help students become capable, successful writers and readers.
When You Visit the Writing Center
Make Your Writing Center Appointment Sooner, Not Later
People often come to the Writing Center 24 hours or 24 minutes before an assignment is due, but it is too late for major changes.
You should be visiting the Writing Center several days to one week before an assignment is due.
Bring Your Assignment Sheet
People often go awry because they don’t follow their professor’s instructions. Your tutor can best help you through a review of the assignment’s requirements.
Bring All Notes & Writing
You have completed, including current drafts, outlines, research notes, etc.
Understand that We are Not a Fix-it Shop
You won’t be dropping off or picking up your paper. You’ll be doing the work in the center, aided by our talented tutors.
Know that Good Writing isn’t Simply Grammar or Knowing Where the Commas Go
Most tutoring sessions focus on ideas, not grammar. If you have perfect grammar but don’t address ideas and organization, your paper won’t be successful.
Writing is thinking, and the purpose of college is to produce good thinking.
If you enjoy wrestling with new or complicated ideas, your writing will improve, and you’ll enjoy the writing process more as well.
And remember to come see us in the writing center. No one’s genius blossoms without the help of others!