Have a question about a paper you're writing? Need a fresh perspective? Want to brainstorm ideas with another writer? Come to West Shore's new Writing Center!
What is the Writing Center?
West Shore's Writing Center is the place to go to work with faculty and students (your WSCC peers) who are experienced writers and trained writing coaches. The Writing Center's coaches can help with any writing project, regardless of the discipline or course that you are taking.
Some writers come because they have a specific question or issue, but you don't need to have a “writing problem” to benefit from our services.
—Prof. Jodi Radloff
Why Meet with a Writing Coach?
Although friends and family can be helpful sources of feedback, writing coaches provide experienced support in a comfortable, confidential, and distraction-free space.
Some writers come because they have a specific question or issue, but you don't need to have a “writing problem” to benefit from our services. Simply talking with a coach can help you plan or move forward with any writing project. Students can (and should!) visit the Writing Center no matter their level of confidence with writing and at any point in the writing process (the earlier, the better!). Visiting the Writing Center can make the writing process less stressful and solitary. Remember, everyone benefits from talking about their writing and getting feedback from outside readers!
Monday: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Room 754, 2nd Floor, Schoenherr Campus Center
Areas in which the Writing Center provides assistance include:
- Understanding writing assignments
- Understanding the expectations for various types of writing
- Finding a topic
- Overcoming writer's block
- Developing strategies for note-taking and time management
- Developing methods for reading more effectively
- Organizing yourself to write
- Finding a writing process that works well for you
- Discovering and clarifying ideas
- Developing a focus and/or thesis
- Choosing key words, utilizing scholarly databases, and understanding the research process
- Understanding how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote from research sources
- Documenting research (MLA, APA, CMS, etc.)
- Choosing the best way to organize or shape your material
- Creating a strong argument
- Revising your draft(s)
- Understanding how to make use of feedback
- Writing effective sentences
- Working on voice and/or tone
- Editing to create a polished final draft
Below are some guidelines to help make your visits to the Writing Center more effective:
- The earlier your visit, the better. You can come to the Center more than once, particularly if you are working on a longer assignment.
- Come prepared. Bring your questions/ideas/drafts, textbooks, and assignment sheets or notes about the requirements for the assignment you are working on.
- Be ready to actively participate in the session. It will likely include lots of conversation with your coach.
- Have realistic expectations about what can be accomplished during a 15-30 minute session. Sessions can sometimes be longer (when there is not a line or when requested). And remember… you can always come back!
- Expect to address higher order concerns such as organization, development, and logic early in the process.
- Expect to address lower order, sentence-level concerns such as grammar and punctuation later in the process.
- Do not expect that every single problem in a paper can/will be addressed. Coaches will focus on areas of concern that you can realistically learn to revise in the time available.
- Do not expect that going to the Writing Center guarantees you will get an "A."
- Do not expect the coach to "fix" the paper for you. It is still your paper.
- Do not expect to leave your paper with staff to be proofread and/or commented on in your absence. We want to work with you.