How does the Writing Center help you and your students?

The Writing Center will assist any UI writer with any writing concern though our tutoring services, which allow writers to meet with tutors face-to-face or to be tutored online. We are available to help at any stage of the writing process, from planning, to drafting, to revision. The Writing Center will help all writers revise their own papers by identifying writing strengths and overcoming writing weaknesses. Because of very high demand for our programs, writers must plan ahead and seek feedback well in advance of their deadlines. We work with undergraduate and graduate writers as well as faculty and staff.

Instructors can use the Writing Center to get feedback on assignment prompts! Careful attention to how assignment prompts are constructed will usually help students respond to those assignments with stronger writing. To work with a Writing Center professional in your assignment creation process, please stop by, contact us via e-mail or phone, or send your assignment draft to us through the Online Tutoring Application.

A Writing Center tutor will visit your class to provide a short presentation introducing your students to our programs. If you would like to schedule such a visit, please e-mail us to set it up.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate longer presentations about paper writing or specific writing topics; however, we will work with instructors to design a lecture or workshop that the instructors can then present to their own classrooms.

An important request from the Writing Center:

The mission of the University Writing Center has always been to help all interested students who willingly seek our services improve their writing. We find that we simply can't handle the numbers of students wanting appointments and e-mail tutoring when instructors require writing center attendance or provide extra credit opportunities. In addition, when we are helping students who are motivated solely by a requirement or by extra credit, it can take time away from students who are motivated by a genuine desire for feedback for revision. Because we have very limited tutoring resources, it is our policy that we will not sign papers and that we ask instructors and students to refrain from making arrangements in which writing center use is mandatory or provides extra points on an assignment.  If you have questions about this policy or about writing center services, please contact us at 335-0188.