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University Writing Center

Services & Location

Location & Hours

031 Dunbar Library

Fall and Spring
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Summer
Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Contact
(937) 775-4186
writingctr@wright.edu

Appointments should be scheduled by visiting the Writing Center or calling.

Writers of all skill levels can benefit from informed feedback about their writing. Wright State University provides funding so that students may have writing consultations free of charge. Our staff of trained undergraduate and graduate writing coaches from across the disciplines can provide support at any stage of your writing process. While we will not write or edit your work for you, a conversation with a writing coach can help you:

  • Discover the strengths and weaknesses in a piece of writing;
  • Understand assignment criteria;
  • Make sense of your source materials;
  • Generate and organize your ideas;
  • Develop a writing plan;
  • Formulate a thesis statement;
  • Develop your content;
  • Create compelling introductions & conclusions;
  • Learn how to properly quote & paraphrase information from sources;
  • Learn how to properly cite your sources;
  • Develop revision & editing strategies;
  • Prepare your writing for publication/presentation.

We invite you to stop by the center to make an appointment or just walk in to see if we have a coach available.

David Bringhurst
Director, University Writing Center

Mission & Philosophy

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The mission of the University Writing Center (UWC) is to help Wright State University students become more skilled, confident, independent writers and students, thereby enhancing their abilities in educational, professional, civic, and personal settings.

Our work with students is guided by an understanding of both the nature of writing and the nature of student development.

We share an understanding with the Writing Program and Writing Across the Curriculum that:

  • Writing is a tool for thinking as well as communicating;
  • What we write depends on a number of variables collectively referred to as the rhetorical context;
  • Writing consists of multiple, often recurring processes;
  • Writing is a collaborative activity.

These observations yield a principle upon which we base our practice: Writers need to discuss their work with other writers who share or understand the rhetorical context within which the writing takes place. This process of collaboration and meaningful revision encourages writers to engage more deeply with the subject matter, enhances learning, and allows writers to produce appropriate texts.

Within our collaborative environment, we promote academic integrity and respect each writer's autonomy. Here, writers maintain ultimate authority over and responsibility for their own writing.

From a student development perspective, we understand that:

  • "Student" is one of many identities people attending college have;
  • "College" is a unique collection of systems;
  • The amount of challenge that will lead to successful growth depends on one's readiness and the level of support available;
  • Academic success isn't merely about intelligence or academic knowledge, but one's readiness and ability to navigate the college system.

From these observations, we understand our role to be one of support for the whole student. Students may be dealing with issues seemingly unrelated to writing that nevertheless impede their development as writers. We may be able to help them deal with smaller or temporary issues or we may have to provide appropriate referrals to other experts on our campus.

Policies

You will need your Wright1 card to sign in for your session.

To give you ample time to develop skills and confidence, promote independent reflection and revision, and help to ensure the availability of our services to other students, we operate with the following policies:

  • You may meet with a Writing Coach for up to an hour in a day and no more than two hours in a week, schedule permitting.
    • You may break your sessions into half-hour blocks if you like.
    • Hour-long sessions consist of 50 minutes of coaching with 10 minutes allotted for paperwork. Half-hour sessions consist of 25 minutes of coaching with 5 minutes allotted for paperwork.
  • You do not need an appointment to meet with a coach. You can "walk in," and if we have a coach available, we can meet with you.
  • As a courtesy convenience, you may schedule sessions in advance.
    • We recommend coming to the center to schedule your appointments, but we will make appointments by phone.
    • Sessions start on time. Plan to arrive at least five minutes prior to your appointment. We reserve the right to give your session time to another student if you are late.
    • If you miss three appointments, you will be removed from our schedule for the remainder of the term. However, you may still use the center on a walk-in basis, and your scheduling privileges may be reinstated the following term.

Additional Resources

In addition to providing Personal Peer Coaching, the Writing Center also offers the following resources:

  • Mini-manuals providing basic format and citation information for APA and MLA styles
  • Thirteen networked computers for word processing and research applications
  • Adaptive equipment for students with disabilities
  • A library of reference materials you can use while in the center