University Writing Center

Services & Location

Location & Hours

122 Student Success Center

Fall 2015 Finals Week - Dec. 14 - 18
Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 no sessions will be offered

Fall and Spring
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

(937) 775-4186

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.

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.


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.

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) 775-4186 or send us an email at

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.