Waynesburg University Writing Center
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Interested in becoming a peer writing consultant? The Writing Center recruits new consultants each year during the Spring semester. Applicants must maintain a strong GPA, be recommended by two professors who know the applicant’s writing, and submit two writing samples (one must be an academic paper). Contact Jill Sunday, director of the Writing Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-852-3224 to learn more.
1. Where is the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is located in 204 Eberly, which is on the top floor of the library.
2. When is the Writing Center open?
Our schedule changes from semester to semester because of our peer writing consultants' own class commitments, but you can easily check our hours by visiting www.waynesburg.mywconline.com.
3. How can I make an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment (for either a 30-minute or a 60-minute session) by logging into www.waynesburg.mywconline.com.
- Enter your user name and password (If you've never visited the Writing Center before, you'll need to register for the system by clicking on the Register button.)
- Clicking on an open appointment.
You can also take your chances on getting a walk-in appointment by stopping into the Center.
4. Who works in the Writing Center?
Our staff consists of a Writing Center Director, who also teaches in the English department, two professional writing tutors, and a large staff of peer writing consultants. Our peer consultants are all strong writers who have taken a credit-bearing course in teaching writing or a summer preparatory course.
5. Will the Writing Center staff help only with papers for my English class?
No! Our writing consultants major in a variety of subjects, including English, Accounting, Math, Bible Ministry Studies, Biology, Education, Chemistry, Psychology, and Nursing. The Writing Center staff is prepared to help you with any writing assignment for any class offered at Waynesburg University.
6. Can I drop off my paper to be proofread?
Writing Center consultants do not check or correct papers without the student author's interaction. Instead, we aim to help students become stronger writers by discussing and modeling writing techniques. Be prepared to take notes during your appointment, as our writing consultants are not permitted to write on your paper.
7. Should I visit right before my paper is due?
Since we aren't an editing service, we encourage student writers to visit early in the writing process, so enough time remains to incorporate ideas and techniques discovered during the appointment. Our surveys show that students find visiting during the brainstorming stage to be most beneficial, especially when a follow-up visit during the drafting stage occurs. Of course, you may always come in for an additional touch-up session right before your paper is due.
8. What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring the writing assignment you'd like to work on, your professor's prompt, your course syllabus, and any other materials you're using to write this assignment. For example, if you are writing about a short story, bring your literature text. If you are writing a lab report, bring the notes you made while performing the experiment.
9. Will visiting the Writing Center guarantee me a good grade?
We believe that discussing your writing will help to strengthen your skills, but there are no guarantees. We don't think about or discuss grades in the Writing Center. We focus, instead, on your words.
10. Will you let my professor know that I've visited?
Some professors build a Writing Center visit into the class coursework, and we will email those professors to let them know you've been in. If your visit isn't part of your coursework, we won't email your professor unless you request that we do.
Visit our libguide page, available at http://waynesburg.libguides.com/writingcenter to discover more information about the Writing Center, research writing (including APA, Chicago, and MLA format), discipline-specific writing, resource links, downloadable handouts, and instructor resources.