Writing Services


Welcome to the Learning Commons' Individual Writing Tutoring!

 

To make an appointment or ask questions, email us at learningcommons@cwu.edu or call 509-963-1270.

Individual writing tutoring is a place for you to engage in a studio-style workshop. No matter what you are writing, feel free to come in, have a seat, and work on your own for as long as you like. You can also talk with a trained writing tutor to receive constructive feedback on your draft, brainstorm ideas, and collect tips and resources for your research and writing process. To make the most of your time, we recommend meeting with writing tutors early and often.

If you enjoy writing and helping others, you may also want to apply to work as a writing tutor. Our tutors are trained in composition theory, rhetorical analysis, and feedback strategies, and they develop highly desirable qualities to assist with gaining success in and out of academia. Writing happens in every field, so all majors are encouraged to apply. If you're interested, navigate back to our homepage, and click on the "Job Opportunities" tab.

And if you are a professor looking for support for your students, see our faculty resources.

Interested in meeting members of the writing team and checking out what they do? Watch this video!

  • Access Our Services Remotely

    All CWU students, including those attending CWU remotely or at campus centers, may access these services:

    Zoom Consultations

    You can schedule a Zoom consultation and have a live video or audio conversation with a CWU writing tutor. Most similar to a face-to-face conversation in the Writing Center, this method gives you immediate feedback with the ability to screen share, clarify ideas, and ask questions as they arise. To book a Zoom consultation, call or email us during our listed business hours.

    Screencast Feedback (up to two days wait time)

    You can send us your draft, and within two class days, we will reply with a link to a CWU writing tutor’s recorded voice and screencast video feedback on your paper. Your advantage with this option is that the feedback is recorded and may be played back and reviewed on your own time. Because of the two-day process time, this service closes for the quarter two days earlier than our other services. Request screencast feedback by calling or emailing us to schedule an appointment!

    eTutoring

    The CWU Learning Commons participates in the Northwest eConsortium, a collection of institutions that pool their resources to offer tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, including writing. Access eTutoring from the Learning Commons' website.

  • Find Us on Campus or Contact Us

    Individual Writing Tutoring is part of the CWU Learning Commons, located on the ground floor of the Brooks Library. Appointments are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome. To contact us, call 509-963-1270,‬ or send us an email at learningcommons@cwu.edu.

    Individual Writing Tutoring is open Mon.-Thu., 10:00am to 9:00pm, Fri. 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Sundays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

  • Read Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
    Are you able to help me with all kinds of writing?

    All kinds. Peer writing tutors have a wide variety of majors, and are trained to work with writers in any discipline and across modalities. Whether you are writing a literary essay or a lab report, cranking out your first college essay or a graduate-level term paper, or planning an Instagram post or a short documentary video, the writing tutors can help.

    Can I still receive feedback if I don’t have an appointment?

    Yes. We offer consultations on a drop-in basis as well as by appointment. So even if you haven't scheduled a time in advance, you can still check in and work on your own until a tutor becomes available. Wait times are usually short but can exceed 30 minutes around midterms and finals.

    Can I receive feedback remotely?

    Yes. We offer remote consultations over Zoom. And for those whose schedules don't allow them to make an appointment during our open hours, we offer feedback via recorded screencast. 

    What happens in a consultation?

    Consultations last up to 30 or 45 minutes, depending on your project and your needs. People often bring a draft, but it’s not required, since it’s often useful to talk about the assignment or toss around ideas before writing (those are some of our favorite consultations!). After reading your draft/notes together and discussing the main ideas, the conversation typically centers on a few questions or concerns about the piece. During that conversation, options emerge, error patterns may be highlighted and explained, and paths forward are identified. The consultation usually ends with a brief review of what was discussed.

    How do I prepare for a consultation?

    Whether you are visiting the Writing Center in person or remotely, have your draft/notes ready, your assignment description if you have one, and something to write with. Preparing these things will save you time and allow for a smoother conversation.

    Will the tutor proofread my paper?

    Because of a fundamental belief that all students have a responsibility to advance in their own writing skills, the Writing Center does not operate as a proofreading service. We do, however, provide feedback and strategies for any writer wishing to learn of grammatical constructs and patterns, as well as rhetorical considerations, that will improve their writing and writing process.

    What are the qualifications for becoming a peer writing tutor?

    Peer writing tutors play a vital role in academics across the disciplines. As such, they come from various major programs. They are CWU students in good academic standing who enjoy reading, writing, and working with people; possess a knowledge of the standards of written English; are active listeners and learners; and demonstrate successful, honest learning habits. While employed, tutors participate in ongoing training in writing center theory and practice that aligns with the standards set by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

    What accommodations are available for writers in various circumstances?

    Our standard practices in reading and responding to student writing are easily adaptable for almost any circumstance you face, whether that means recording your consultation so you can listen to it later, accessing devices or computer software that facilitate your learning methods, or moving our conversation to a workspace that meets your needs. Writers in the Writing Center have a variety of specific options:

    • A KIC scanner can help you create a searchable pdf or mp3 file from almost any text.
    • Live scribe smart pens and audio recorders can be checked out at the library Service Point for up to six months at a time.
    • Central Access Reader is a downloadable text-to-speech application that also lets you create mp3 files of texts.
    • Laptops are available at the library Service Point.
    • Headphones, also at the library Service Point, can help you create your own study environment.
    • Quiet study spaces, group study rooms, or presentation practice facilities may be reserved.
    • Different spaces in the library offer different types and heights of seating, work surfaces, and lighting options.

Would you like to be a Writing Tutor? Apply to work in the Learning Commons!

For additional information, please check out our Writing Resources.

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