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?
Currently, the Writing Center is online-only due to the covid-19 pandemic. When we are operating face-to-face, the Writing Center has two locations: Anspach 154 and Park Library 360. Visit our "Hours and Locations" page for more information about our current services.
When are the WC sites open?
In our online-only format, the Writing Center hours are generally Sunday evening and Monday through Thursday 9 am to 7 pm and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.
What services does the Writing Center offer?
Currently, the Writing Center offers both asynchronous (writers submit a draft online for review and it is returned with comments in 2-3 days) and synchronous sessions (writers book an appointment online and meet with a consultant in a Microsoft Teams meeting). Writing Center consultants are also available for classroom workshops and presentations (see our
Do I need an appointment?
No appointment is necessary to submit a draft for review to our online asynchronous service. Drafts are reviewed on a first-in, first-out basis. Appointments for our one-on-one Microsoft Teams sessions can be booked online. Please refer to our "Hours and Locations" page for more details and links to these services.
How do I make an appointment?
Advance appointments for Microsoft Teams meetings are limited to two 50-minute sessions per week per person and can be booked online. We accept submission to our online review service 24/7. Writers are allowed one submission at a time and must wait for their draft to be returned (2-3 days) before submitting another draft.
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, a copy of your assignment, and a positive attitude.
What is a draft review like?
Writers using this service complete a form and attach their draft to submit to the Writing Center. A consultant will spend 50 minutes inserting comments in the margin of the draft, addressing areas specifically requested by the writer. Submissions are generally returned within 2-3 days.
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
WC_employment_application_2020.docx and submitting your application materials to Dr. Steven Bailey, Interim Director, CMU Writing Center, Anspach 222, 989.774.3139. Materials can be emailed directly to Dr. Bailey,
firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Library Writing Center, Park 360.
How do I contact the Writing Center?
Currently, the best way to contact the Writing Center is via
email. We can also be found through the chat or phone feature in Teams (search for Writing Center) during regular business hours. Finally, a voicemail can be left for the Writing Center at 989.774.2986.