Services & Location
Location & Hours
122 Student Success Center
Monday – Thursday, 9a – 8p
Friday 9a – 4p
Sunday 2p – 7p (on the second floor of Dunbar Library)
Appointments should be scheduled by calling or visiting the Writing Center.
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.
Learn about Writing Center Services
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
- Twelve 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
We invite you to stop by the center to make an appointment or just walk in to see if we have a coach available.
Director, University Writing Center
Mission & Philosophy
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 & FAQ's
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who are the writing coaches?
All of our coaches are Wright State students. They come from a variety of disciplines including Liberal Arts, Engineering and Science, Social Science, Medicine, and more, and are prepared to help you with writing assignments from any of your courses.
What should I bring to my session?
Please bring your Wright1 card (or UID and identification) to sign in. If you’re working on a paper, you may bring a hard copy or use one of our computers to access a digital copy. We also have tables with outlets if you prefer to work on your laptop. Please bring any additional materials relevant to your session (this may include a syllabus, rubric, pre-writing, research, etc.).
What should I do to prepare for my session?
It is most helpful for our coaches, and most productive for your session, if you come prepared with questions, or an idea of what you’d like to discuss about your assignment. Depending on what stage of the writing process you are at, it is useful to bring any pre-writing, research, assignment instructions, feedback from your professor, or anything else that is relevant to the assignment that you’re working on..
Do I need to bring a hard copy of my paper?
No—we have computers available if you’d prefer to work with a digital copy of your paper. We also have tables that are equipped with outlets if you bring a laptop, and a printer is located in the center for your use.
What kinds of writing can I bring to the Writing Center?
Writing coaches can help you with a variety of writing assignments, including summaries, analyses, evaluations, narratives, research papers, technical writing, business writing, and creative writing. Coaches can also help you with personal writing, such as resumes, cover letters, or applications.
Will a writing coach edit my paper and fix my grammar?
No. Our coaches use a discussion-based method of challenge and support to help you develop your skills as a writer. While we will not write or edit your work for you, a conversation with a writing coach can help you with:
- Assignment criteria and planning
- Research and idea generation
- Academic reading strategies
- Organizing and drafting
- Formulating a thesis statement and developing content
- Using appropriate evidence, quoting, and paraphrasing
- Citing sources in APA, MLA, or Chicago style
- Editing for clarity, concision, and tone
- Mechanics, usage, and grammar
- Proofreading strategies
- Format and layout
- Strategies and resources for future academic success
How will my instructor know that I have visited the Writing Center?
At the end of your session, your writing coach will fill out a session report that states the date, the time of your session, the course number, the assignment name, and a description of what you accomplished during your session. At your request, a copy of this will be delivered to your professor.
How often can I come to the Writing Center?
You may have up to 2 half-hour sessions a day (you can split them up, or combine them into a one-hour session), with a maximum of 4 half-hour sessions a week.
Is there a fee to use the Writing Center?
No. The University Writing Center is free for all currently enrolled Wright State Students. In order to sign into a session, you must have a Wright1 card, or UID and identification.
What happens if I miss my appointment?
If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please call the Writing Center at 937-775-4186. Your appointment may count as a No-Show if:
- You don't show up for your appointment without calling
- You arrive past your appointment time and your coach has started working with another student
- You arrive past your appointment time and decide to wait until the next session block
After three No-Shows, you will not be able to schedule any more appointments for the remainder of the semester. You may still use the Writing Center on a walk-in basis.
Can a writing coach help me with MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and other software?
Our writing coaches are not specifically trained on handling software questions. However, your coach may be able to answer any basic software questions that he/she feels familiar with. For more help with MS Word and other software, please visit https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/support-and-training/atomic-learning
How can I become a writing coach?
To qualify to work as a wriring coach, applicants must:
- Be at or above sophomore status
- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Complete ENG 1100 with an 'A' or 'B'
- Complete the application packet (can be picked up in the Writing Center- 122 SC)
We have created a number of resources to help you encourage your students to benefit from our services.
The Word document linked to below contains language about the University Writing Center that you can cut and paste into your syllabus. The document contains short and long descriptions written from either a faculty perspective (first-person "I") or from a Writing Center perspective. You can choose whichever version best fits the tone and style of your syllabus. We have included all of the information we think your students will need to understand our services and find further information about us. Feel free to edit the descriptions for tone and style to best fit your syllabus.
Writing Center "Coach Chat"
Would you like someone to come talk to your students about the University Writing Center? We will send one or two of our peer Writing Coaches to talk to your students about the center. These five- to 15-minute "chats" are a great way to demystify the Writing Center for your students. As fellow students, our engaging staff can help personalize the writing center experience for your students and help lower their anxiety about using our services.
To schedule a Coach Chat, call our office at (937) 775-5770 or send us an email at email@example.com
If you have students who need support with their writing, consider referring your student to the Writing Center. Our experience has shown that verbal referrals often times result in misunderstandings, so we have created a referral form to help you communicate more clearly with the student. While you are welcome to use this form as you wish, we recommend the following for better results:
- Complete a referral form. Use the check boxes and comment section to clarify the support you wish the student to receive.
- Discuss the form and your comments with the student.
- Give the form to the student and have the student bring the form to the Writing Center to discuss with a Writing Coach.
We will send you a Session Report for each session the student has in the center. The Session Report is designed to mirror the Referral Form so that you can see what has been discussed. Below you will find a link to both the Referral Form and a description of each of the check boxes on our Session Report and Referral Form.
Writing Center Staff
Jill Tussing | Graduate Assistant
Jill is a graduate student studying Student Affairs in Higher Education. She has a B.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric, both from Wright State. Jill began her Writing Center career in 2009, during her sophomore year. Jill likes to spend time with her family, and is a big fan of stand-up comedy and Star Wars. She believes that learning to write well can serve all students in all disciplines, because effective communication is fundamental to any career.
Gabriela Acevedo | Sophomore | Early Childhood Education
Gabriela’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is helping students understand a concept and feel confident and happy with their papers. In her free time, she loves to write, sing, and play her guitar and ukulele. Her favorite books are the Harry Potter series, but her favorite author is Jane Austen. She wanted to work at the Writing Center because she gets to help people do one of her favorite things: write.
Dieter Archer | Sophomore | Management Information Systems
Dieter’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is getting to hear everyone’s unique stories and how they write about them. His own favorite type of writing to do is analysis, because they’re structured, but he can have fun making an argument and connecting the dots to support his claim. Dieter wanted to work at the Writing Center because he had used it as a student for help on his papers, and he was encouraged to apply.
Cameron Byers | Sophomore | Nursing
Cameron’s hobbies are gaming, going to the theater, playing piano, and listening to instrumental music (modern and classic) for hours on end. He would love to travel to Rome, London, Italy, and Dublin. Cameron wanted to work at the Writing Center because he wants to help students tell their stories, get their creativity out there, and help their imaginations blossom.
Cody Black | Junior | Computer Science
Cody spends his spare time like a stereotypical Computer Science major--playing video games and programming, but he also likes to draw and compose 8-bit music. Someday he wants to move out west, preferably where it’s cooler and less humid. Cody wanted to work at the Writing Center because he had heard great things about it and he thought it sounded like a wonderful opportunity.
Juliana Crask | Junior | Creative Writing
Juliana’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is collaborating as a group to solve problems and grow as a coach and writer. Juliana would love to travel to Norway, and live in the western USA. Her favorite type of writing to do is creative writing, especially writing for plays and dialogue. Juliana’s favorite movie is “The Empire Strikes Back,” and her favorite TV show is “Pushing Daisies.” She wanted to work at the Writing Center because she loved the idea of being able to help fellow students by doing something that she loves.
Nicole Gerth | Sophomore | Creative Writing & Art History
Nicole would love to travel to Switzerland someday to see the beautiful landscapes. Nicole’s favorite type of writing is fiction writing, including romance stories, mysteries, paranormal, and fantasy. One of her favorite book series is The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. Nicole wanted to work at the Writing Center to help other students and herself become better writers, and to improve her communication skills as well.
Kimberlee Griffith | Senior | Psychology
Kimberlee’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is the “light bulb moment” when a student is able to understand an idea that was frustrating for them. Her favorite type of writing to do is poetry. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and her favorite author is Shakespeare. Kimberlee wanted to work at the Writing Center to help others succeed in their educational goals.
Sarah Hamic | Senior | English Literature
Sarah’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is encouraging students and seeing them become more confident in their writing. Someday soon, she wants to visit Tibet and India, and travel through Europe. In her free time, she likes to solve crosswords, do pinterest crafts, and play Jeopardy too competitively. Sarah wanted to work at the Writing Center because she loves to help others and she has a passion for writing.
Desiree Jones | Senior | History and Motion Pictures
Desiree would love to visit South Korea because the culture is very interesting, and she wants to live in Georgia. Outside of work, Desiree likes to read, watch films, and do screenwriting. Her favorite book is People by Rhett Butler, her favorite author is Maya Angelou, her favorite movie is a tie between “Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “Notorious,” and “Imitation of life,” and her favorite TV show is “Modern Family.” Desiree wanted to work at the Writing Center because she wanted the opportunity to help others develop and refine their skills as writers.
Brad McClelland | Sophomore | Marketing
Brad’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is assisting returning students with their writing and seeing that they implemented the skills that he taught them in their last session. His favorite thing to do is to travel, and some of his hobbies include watching movies, trying new foods, and visiting zoos and aquariums. Brad wanted to work at the Writing Center to improve his own writing and communication skills, while helping other students in the process.
Amanda McCollum | Sophomore | Physics, Sexuality Studies
Amanda’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is working with a wide range of students who have a wide range of skills. Along with academic writing, she likes to do creative writing, including writing novels. Amanda wanted to work at the Writing Center because she enjoys helping and meeting all different kinds of people.
Ash McGinley | Super-Senior | Creative Writing
Ash graduated from Wright State in 1992, and worked as a technical writer/editor for a government contractor. In 2007, he retired and returned to Wright State as a part-time Creative Writing student so that he can work at the Writing Center. He has more stories than he could possibly put into a one-paragraph bio. Ash wanted to work at the Writing Center because he wanted to help students understand that writing is just talking on paper, and he wants students to know that they’re not being judged on their writing, because they’re just communicating.
Anna Mills | Sophomore | Nursing
Someday, Anna would love to travel to New York, California, and New Zealand. Her favorite type of writing to do is narrative. In her free time, Anna likes to work out, read, watch Netflix, and go out with her friends. Anna wanted to work at the Writing Center because she loves helping students reach their full potential.
Dana Moorman | Junior | History, Classics
Dana’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is meeting new people and getting to read a lot of different types of papers. Someday, she wants to travel to Greece and Italy. Outside of work and school, Dana loves to read, and her favorite author is Jane Austen. She wanted to work at the Writing Center because she loves helping people and writing.
Clare Mowell | Junior | Accounting
Outside of work and school, Clare likes to crochet, hike, and play with her cats. She would love to travel across Europe and explore medieval cities. Clare’s favorite TV show is “Star Trek: the Next Generation.” She likes writing short, persuasive papers that allow her to argue something that she feels passionately about, and she wanted to work at the Writing Center to meet other students and even improve her own writing.
Sam Pugh | Sophomore | Political Science
Sam’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is getting to see all of the different things that people choose to write about. She would love to travel to Europe and wants to live anywhere by the ocean. Her favorite type of writing to do is persuasive/argumentative or anything descriptive. Some of her hobbies are reading and journaling. Sam wanted to work at the Writing Center because she wanted to help people and she loves writing.
Chloe Schwartz | Sophomore | English Education
Chloe’s favorite part of working at the Writing Center is feeling integrated into a social group with goals similar to her own. Chloe doesn’t really like to travel, and is happy anywhere so long as the world isn’t crashing down. Her favorite book is Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. Chloe wanted to work at the Writing Center because she genuinely desires to help the individual student.
Jackie Seigal | Junior | Industrial Engineering
Jackie would love to travel to Europe, especially Italy. In her free time, Jackie likes to do Pinterest crafts, watch TV, and cuddle with her dog. Jackie wanted to work at the Writing Center because she loves helping people, and she wanted to balance out her brain by using the right side, rather than her left side engineering brain.
Casey Smedley | Sophomore | Psychology
Casey loves working at the Writing Center because he likes to help people, and the coworkers are pretty awesome. Someday, Casey would love to travel across the entirety of Europe, because he’s never been out of the country. He loves to write persuasive or descriptive writing. His favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Casey wanted to work at the Writing Center because it allows him to do what he enjoys and help others at the same time.
Esther Sorg | Sophomore | Creative Writing
Esther’s favorite part about working at the Writing Center is the environment, because everyone there loves what they do and is willing to share knowledge and advice. Her favorite type of writing to do is creative writing, like stories and poetry. Some of her hobbies are reading, writing, and watching way too much TV. Esther wanted to work at the Writing Center because she wanted to use her skills to do something that she enjoys and help other people to achieve their goals at the same time.