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?
The Writing Center is open to all current students, faculty, and staff. We regularly work with undergraduate and graduate writers from various disciplines, including non-native English speakers.
Where is the WC?
The Writing Center has two locations: Anspach 154 and Park Library 360. Visit our "Services, Hours, and Locations" page for more information about our current services.
When are the WC sites open?
IFall 2021 hours are Sunday 5 pm to 8 pm (Library only), Monday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday 9 am to 1 pm.
What services does the Writing Center offer?
We offer face-to-face sessions on-campus as well as asynchronous (writers book an appointment and submit a draft online for review), and synchronous sessions (writers book an appointment online and meet with a consultant in a Microsoft Teams meeting). For more information about our services, visit our Services, Hours, and Locations page. Writing Center consultants are also available for classroom workshops and presentations (see our
WAC/WID section on the resources page).
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are required for our online asynchronous and synchronous services and can be scheduled through our online booking system. On the Bookings page, select the service you want to book and availability for different days will be displayed. Visit our Services, Hours, and Locations page for links to our Bookings page. Face-to-face appointments can be be made by calling the Writing Center at 989-774-2986 (Library) or 989-774-1228 (Anspach). Drop-ins are welcome to stop by and check for current availability.
What is a face-to-face session like?
Face-to-face sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes at one of our on-campus locations. These sessions work well for getting started with a project and talking through writing challenges. Consultants work with writing at any level and at any stage in the process.
What is a one-on-one Teams 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 join the meeting with only your assignment and brainstorm, or you can bring your final paper and polish. It helps to have some ideas about what you would like to work on and a copy of your assignment.
What is a draft review like?
Writers using this service book an appointment and then follow a link in their confirmation email to complete a form and attach their draft. A consultant will spend 50 minutes inserting comments in the margin of the draft, addressing areas specifically requested by the writer. Submissions are returned by the end of the day of the appointment. Writers can book one appointment at a time and must revise and delete previous comments before resubmitting.
Why should I use the WC?
No matter what degree pursued, writing is an essential skill. Studies show that Writing Center sessions improve writing. Everyone benefits from a second pair of eyes and ears.
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.
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 employment application and submitting your application materials to Dr. Daniel Lawson, Director, CMU Writing Center, 989-774-3275. Materials can be emailed directly to Dr. Lawson, firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Library Writing Center, Park 360.
How do I contact the Writing Center?
The Writing Center can be reached by phone 989-774-2986 or 989-774-1228 and via