We work with the students, faculty, and staff of CSU and with members of the local community. Writers of all backgrounds from all over the world use our services. Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate, or nontraditional student or an English language learner, our consultants have expertise writing in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences. Writers are welcome to bring in writing of any genre or discipline—composition papers, lab reports, dissertations, posters, websites, and more—at any stage in the writing process. Whether you are brainstorming for ideas, conducting research, or revising a draft for the third time, a Writing Center consultant can assist you.
All of our locations accept walk-ins or appointments for face-to-face consultations. Consultations last for 30 minutes, and in that time we typically discuss the equivalent of 4-5 pages (double spaced) of writing. Using the hierarchy of rhetorical concerns, we address issues of audience, purpose, context, focus, development, organization, style and conventions. CSU students can request that an email notification be sent to their instructor outlining the work that was done during a consultation. Face-to-face consultations are open to CSU students, staff, faculty, and the general public. Make an appointment.
While face-to-face consultations can provide more opportunity for conversation with consultants and immediate feedback, we understand that not all students can visit the Writing Center during our hours of operation. For that reason, we offer the following online services. Online consultations are available to CSU students, staff, faculty, and alumni. If you’d like to arrange an online consultation, click here.
- Online Draft Review.
- Using our online system, WCONLINE, you may upload a draft for review to our Online Draft Queue page. Using the Microsoft Word comment features we will make recommendations and ask questions on your paper and then return it to you with general feedback and suggestions.
- Though the sign-up procedure may appear to be an appointment schedule, the listing of days/times is simply due to our software constraints. We ask that submit your draft to the earliest available appointment, and we will respond in the order in which we receive drafts (within three business days).
- Please do not worry if the queue appears busy; consultants review drafts throughout the week and we will review your submission as soon as possible.
- The following video shows how to submit a draft for review:
Faculty are encouraged to participate in the Course Collaboration program as it allows the Writing Center to coordinate with specific disciplines, classes, and assignments to the benefit of consultants and students alike. This program allows the Writing Center to inform instructors of the questions and issues that consultants are addressing with their students, leading to a better understanding of issues that students might be struggling or succeeding with during the composition process.
When an instructor requests a course collaboration, the Writing Center assigns a consultant to coordinate the collaboration. This “lead consultant” gathers course materials, making them available in a resource folder in the Writing Center. The resource folders include the course syllabus, readings, assignment sheets, and detailed information about the writing objectives for the course. Writing Center consultants will be familiar with the materials in the course folders and prepared to work with students from those courses when they come in for a consultation. The lead consultant for each course collaboration will also act as a resource person for the rest of the consulting staff, answering questions and conferring with the course instructor when necessary. Course instructors with whom we are collaborating are encouraged to present on their course at one of our Writing Center professional development sessions. For more information about the Course Collaboration Program, please contact the Writing Center Associate Director.
The Writing Center invites all instructors to set up a promotional visit for their classes. These brief visits given by a writing consultant introduce students to the services the Writing Center offers, including consultations both in person and online. The presentations take between 5 and 10 minutes and they may be scheduled at your convenience. For instructors who would like a more in-depth presentation, we are happy to perform a live, mock writing consultation that models our face-to-face services. Please contact the Writing Center Assistant Director for more information about classroom presentations or email the Writing Center (email@example.com) to schedule a presentation.