University Writing Center

Services & Location

Fall Locations & Hours

122 Student Success Center
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dunbar Library: Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Bolinga Center: Tues. - Wed. 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Contact
(937) 775-5770
writingctr@wright.edu

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.

Jill Tussing
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 & 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)

Faculty Resources

We have created a number of resources to help you encourage your students to benefit from our services.

Syllabus Snippets
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 writingctr@wright.edu

Referral Form
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

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Gabriela Acevedo | Early Childhood Education
Gabriela's favorite part of working at the Writing Center is helping students become confident and happy with their papers. In her free time, she likes to watch Netflix, read, and take naps. Her favorite books are the Harry Potter series, and anything penned by Jane Austen. She loves to work at the Writing Center because she gets to help people do one of her favorite things: write.

 

Elvira Akhmedova | NursingElvira Akhmedova.jpg
Elvira chose to become a Writing Coach at the Writing Center because not only does she get the opportunity to help others, but she can improve her own skills as a writer and get to meet people in the process. She was born in Krasnodar, Russia and moved to the United States when she was seven years old. 

 

 

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Dieter Archer 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.

 

Christiana Augustine | English Creative Writing
Christiana has a special place in her heart for writing (right next to the spots taken up by reading and daydreaming), and hopes to fill some students' hearts with the same love for it as well. It's because of this reason she applied to become a Writing Coach, so she may help others as much as she can in their individual successes (while also learning a new thing or two for herself and meeting new people!) On her free time, she enjoys reading good books, writing out characters from her mind, and then proceeding to draw them out on paper when the dreadful Writer's Block attacks her creative flow. In due time... she would like to expand her knowledge on a variety of subjects from the grand information that the different students will bring and to possibly integrate said knowledge in her future writings.

 

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Cameron Byers | 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.

 

Rachel Canter | English Literature & French LanguageRachel Canter.jpg
Rachel wanted to work at the Writing Center because she believes that words are important, and she wanted to help other students improve their writing. She owes her love of literature to J.K. Rowling, but her all-time favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald. After graduation, she wants to travel the world, and make some use of her French major.

 

Heather Cooperman | Acting 
Heather wanted to become a writing coach to get the opportunity to help other students, while also expanding her own writing and professional skills. She loves theatre, British TV shows, dogs, board games, and spending copious amounts of time watching YouTube. London is one of Heather's favorite places she has ever been and she would love to live there someday. One of her favorite books as a child was The Giver by Lois Lowry. After graduation, Heather hopes to pursue acting as a professional career.

 

Judy Cronenwett | English Literature & Theatre StudiesJudy Cronenwett.jpg
Judy loves reading, writing, theatre, music, and television. She plays the flute and sings a little. I She enjoys playing tennis for fun. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She plans to obtain her Masters' in English Lit. and hopes to either become an editor of literature or a college professor. She would also love to cast or direct musicals and plays part-time. She is very excited to join the Writing Center Staff so she can collaborate with other students to help others with their writing and continue to improve her own writing.

 

Salha El-Shwehdi | International Studies and Political Science
Salha loves working at the Writing Center because not only does she get to help others, but it allows her to learn more every day. She believes writing is one of the most powerful forms of communication and the strongest tool anyone can have. Her love for writing derives from her love of all things reading, whether it is a classic novel, the latest teen book, or The New York Times. Salha loves to travel and study the world. Her hobbies include baking, watching Netflix, and keeping up with current affairs.

 

 

Amanda Fraley | Early Childhood EducationAmanda Fraley.jpg
Amanda's hobbies include writing letters to friends in different states, hiking, climbing, listening to music, and reading. She also loves to play the piano.  Her favorite book is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, and her favorite movie is Stardust. She wanted to work at the Writing Center because she likes being able to help people realize their writing potential, and establishing a sense of confidence when it comes to writing.

 

 

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Nicole Gerth | 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 | SOPP 
Kim Griffith.jpgKimberlee’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. 

 

 

Matt Grunwald | Computer Science 
Matt has been writing since he was four years old when he dictated a play starring neighborhood kids as characters of their own creation. His preferred type of writing is poetry, and he also enjoys playing music, hiking, camping, making electronics, and reading. His favorite book is Catch-22. Working at the writing center gives Matt the opportunity to help other people share their own stories, and allows him to sharpen his own skills as a writer.

 

MacKenzie Guthrie | English Literature 
MacKenzie is thrilled to join the Writing Center to help students hone their writing skills as well as improve her own. Her current favorite book is Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko, and her all-time favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series will always have a special place in her heart. She loves Marvel and Disney movies, probably consumes way too much Netflix (and chocolate), and is learning to play the ukulele. She doesn’t know how to ride a bike, but she wants to learn someday. She hopes to eventually become a professor of postcolonial literature at a university, and she is particularly interested in Middle Eastern and Native American authors. She speaks Spanish (almost) fluently and has just started to learn Arabic.

 

Hyatt Hammad | Continuing EducationHyatt Hammad.jpg
Hyatt Hammad is a Wright State Alumna with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in French and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She currently is taking Arabic and Japanese language classes while working as a French SI Leader, as well as a new and eager Writing Coach at the Writing Center. She loves reading and writing novels, drawing, watching movies and anime, playing video games, traveling, learning about new languages and cultures, and playing with her adorable, yet slightly sexist cat. She plans on using her languages and stories to spread awareness, to encourage diversity and tolerance, and to combat ignorance, sexism, racism, and improper uses of semi-colons. 

 

Emily Hare | English Education
Emily is in the English education program at Wright State, and recently took on a minor in Deaf Studies. She applied to work at the Writing Center because she wished to combine her passion for the written word with her love of meeting and helping people from all walks of life. When she's not on campus or working as a restaurant host, Emily enjoys listening to a variety of music, watching true crime/conspiracy documentaries, taking her dog to the dog park, and creating memories with her friends. Her favorite novel is You by Caroline Kepnes.

 

Colleen Hines | Early Childhood Education 
Colleen chose to work at the Writing Center because she wanted to be able to help others further their writing skills. After graduation, she wants to become a Kindergarten or first grade teacher. She enjoys playing sports, exercising, and traveling. Her favorite type of writing is creative writing and she loves to write short stories. Colleen has been a member of the Wright State University Bowling Club for four years and is the President of the organization.

 

Jacob Marino | MBA
Jacob is a Wright State Alumni who completed his work in the Mechanical Engineering program.  Jacob wants to travel to Italy someday, because it’s a beautiful country and he would enjoy seeing where his relatives came from. He does a lot of technical writing as an engineer, which can be very dry and boring, but he finds ways to make it more exciting and bearable; his favorite part is writing about a project or assignment that he’s been working on and reflecting on everything that has been accomplished through hard work. Jacob loves playing basketball, playing his viola in orchestras, and tinkering with and driving his Camaro. He wanted to work at the Writing Center because it would be a good break from all of the math that comes along with being an engineer, but it has turned into much more than just that.

 

Amanda McCollum | 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.jpgAsh McGinley | 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.

 

Taylor MeadeBusinessTaylor Meade.jpg
Taylor’s hobbies include drawing, painting, and sports participation. Her goal is to graduate within four years with Honors, to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in business, and then possibly go to graduate school. Taylor is also pursuing a minor in studio art. Taylor’s interests involve sports and art, specifically volleyball and painting. Her favorite types of books are the Harry Potter series. Taylor’s favorite thing about the Writing Center is having the ability to communicate with many different students while she develops skills in leadership and writing.

 

Jacob Niswonger | Spanish 
Jacob chose to work at the Writing Center to help students achieve independence and improve their confidence in their writing.  He enjoys the works of Edgar Allan Poe and C.S. Lewis.  In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing guitar and discovering new music.  He enjoys exploring nature and creative writing.  Traveling to Spain is a dream of Jacob's so he can finally use all of the Spanish he has learned over the past five years.  In the future, he would like to become a high school Spanish teacher or use his language skills to teach English to native Spanish speakers.

 

Samantha Pugh.jpgSam Pugh | 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.jpgChloe Schwartz | 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.

 

Casey Smedley.jpgCasey Smedley | 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 Sourg.jpgEsther Sorg | 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.