Center for Writing Excellence - Summer Hours

The Center for Writing Excellence (formerly known as the Writing Center) is open for the summer. Stop by and see us in Sprague Library (in the far right corner of the Reference area) during these times:

Monday:  10:00 am - 7:00 pm          
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Welcome to the Center for Writing Excellence!

The Center for Writing Excellence is available to all university students, faculty, and staff who are committed to developing and improving as writers. Sessions with experienced writing consultants are designed to provide help on every aspect of the writing process, with the goal of enabling writers to achieve long-term improvement, confidence, and independence.
Conferences are generally a maximum of 25 minutes, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We can also schedule appointments in advance. There is no charge for these services.
Specifically, we can help you with—
  • Getting started: Understanding the writing task and generating ideas
  • Drafting: Developing a focus and an argument, selecting appropriate evidence, and organizing your ideas
  • Revising: Choosing strategies to improve drafts
  • Polishing: Learning to edit your own writing
To prepare for your session, come with—
  • Assignment or task
  • Text for course (if you are taking one)
  • All work you have done to get started (any freewriting and notes)
  • A draft of your paper or other document (if you have one)
  • Your goal for the conference
  • Most important, specific question or writing problem for which you would like help
What we don't do—
  • Proofread or edit your papers for you, but we will help you learn how to do so.
  • Interpret (if you are a student) comments your instructor made on your paper or discuss grades, but we will look at your efforts to revise.
  • Review more than 4-5 pages at a time, though you are welcome to return.     
To schedule your appointment online or find more info about the CWE log on to:

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
Justice Brandeis
Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.
Louise Brooks