What is the CMU Writing Center?
The Writing Center is a free resource providing assistance with any writing, at any level, from any discipline.
Who can visit the CMU Writing Center?
Anyone affiliated with CMU can use the Writing Center. We regularly work with undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines, including non-native English speakers. At times, we also have worked with faculty and staff. If you are a member of the CMU community and would like to work on your writing, the WC is the place.
Where is the WC?
The Writing Center has three locations. We have a location in Anspach 154, Towers (Wheeler basement), and Park Library on the fourth floor (northwest corner). Visit our "Hours and Locations" link for more information.
When are the WC sites open?
Writing Center hours vary based on the locations. We maintain convenient day and evening hours, Sunday through Friday.
During Fall and Spring semesters, the Writing Center is open at the following times and lcoations:
Anspach: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 774.1228.
Towers: Monday-Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Note: Towers hours may vary semester to semester--check our "Hours and Locations" link for the most current information). To make an appointment, call 774.1002.
Park Library: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3p.m., Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 774.2986. Walk-in sessions are available during evening hours.
Summer hours vary from year to year.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes and no. Walk-in times are always available at the Library site during our evening hours. We also welcome walk-ins at our Anspach and Towers sites; however, precedence is given to appointments.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by calling the location you want to visit (numbers are listed above. Around 500 students visit the Writing Center each week, so it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment as soon as you can. Advance appointments are limited to two 50-minute sessions per week per person.
What is a session like?
Using discussion and question methods, a WC consultant will work with you for up to 50 minutes on any stage of the writing process. You can come in with only your assignment and brainstorm, or you can come in with your final paper and polish. It helps to have some ideas about what you would like to work on, a copy of your assignment, and a positive attitude.
Why should I come to the WC?
No matter what degree pursued, writing is an essential skill. Studies show that Writing Center sessions improve writing. We invite you to come to the WC to become a better writer, a positive step toward succeeding in your educational and professional careers.
Who are the Writing Center Consultants?
Our Writing Center includes undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors and backgrounds. Student consultants apply for a position and then must take an intensive practicum course during their first semester at the Center. Consultants regularly attend staff meetings and many attend and present at local, regional, and national Writing Center conferences.
How can I become a consultant?
You begin the process by filling out an WC_employment_application.doc and submitting your application materials to Dr. Daniel Lawson, Director, CMU Writing Center, Anspach 212B or Park 400, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you edit or proofread my paper?
Yes and No. Good writing is about much more than simply editing or proofreading. Good writing also means discussing structure and developing ideas as well as editing for punctuation and grammar. Editing and proofreading are important in the final stages of the paper. It also would be inappropriate for Center consultants to fix or change any part of a paper, but we will work on editing with you and help you develop strategies for proofreading.