If you don't know where to start, try this handout:
It will explain how the University Writing Center works, what the typical stages of the writing process are, what we can help you with, and how to visit us.
Who does the UWC serve?
The University Writing Center consultants assist undergraduates, graduate students, post-graduates, faculty, staff and local community writers. We assist at any stage of the writing process and engage writers from all areas of study and interest.
Where is the UWC located?
We are in Suite 204 on the second floor of Belk Library and Information Commons.
When is the University Writing Center open?
Our hours change, depending on the time of year. Please check our home page to see our current hours.
How often can I come to the University Writing Center?
Writers are welcome to work with a consultant once a day for up to 45 minutes. You may come an unlimited number of days during the semester, but you may not have multiple appointments on the same day.
Is there a fee to use the UWC?
No. The University Writing Center is supported by student fees.
What kinds of writing can someone bring to the UWC?
Consultants work with students on any kind of writing including assigned essays, academic research papers, personal or creative writing, business writing, presentations or multimodal projects and graduate school or grant applications.
What should I bring when I come to the UWC?
Writers are not required to bring any materials with them for a consultation, but some materials are very useful, such as a copy of your assignment as well as any drafting, notes, outlining, brainstorming or a version of a final draft to the session. Relevant sources, textbooks, lecture notes or other outside resources relevant to the assignment are also helpful.
Although we have laptops and desktops available in the center, we find that most clients also prefer to have their personal laptops with them during a session. We are always willing to work on a piece of writing from a hard copy; the choice is entirely up to the writer.
If you are working on a group assignment, all group members must be present.
Do I need to have my paper written to come in?
No. You are welcome to come in at any point in the process to have a session with a consultant. We will help you understand the requirements of the assignment, brainstorm your topic and create a plan for working on the paper.
How can I inform my instructor that I visited the UWC?
After completing your session, you may request a printed confirmation report, which will include the date, time and length of the session. This will verify that you had a consultation at the Writing Center. You may share this documentation with your instructor if you choose.
Do I have to make an appointment, or may I just drop in?
TThe UWC makes every effort to accommodate both scheduled appointments and walk-ins; however, appointments are given priority, so we recommend scheduling an appointment. If you don’t have an appointment, don’t hesitate to walk in. In most cases we will be able to arrange a consultation for you.
How long are sessions?
The length of a session varies depending on the needs of the writer. The maximum allotted length of a session is 45 minutes, but many sessions do not require that much time. Some sessions will not be able to address all of the concerns a writer has about their piece of writing within 45 minutes, and the writer may have to return for another session at a later date.
What if I miss my appointment?
If you are unable to make your appointment, please call the Writing Center at 262-3144, and let us know. If the appointment is missed without notification, it is recorded as a no call/no show, and you will not be permitted to have another session that day; you may have another session on any other day. The Writing Center will notify you via email ten minutes after the missed appointment. If you are a no call/no show for three scheduled appointments during a semester, you will be suspended from scheduling appointments for the remainder of that semester. However, you may still walk in.
Can I email my paper to the UWC or drop it off to be edited?
No. Writers must be present to work with their consultant on their writing as a collaborative pair. Our goal is to aid in the process of self-discovery, self-reflection and self-improvement through conversation, which is a joint effort. We do, however, offer online sessions. Visit our Online Services section for more information.
How does the UWC help with course assignments and/or long-term projects and papers?
The progress that takes place in the Writing Center happens during one-to-one sessions which focus on goals that you share with your consultant when you arrive. If you have a long-term goal that spans a semester or even longer, communicate that to your consultant, and we will build a plan to meet that goal over multiple sessions. This applies to any type of project, from preparing a course proposal to defending a dissertation to completing a capstone. If you express your goal and are willing to commit, the UWC will stick with you and assist in your process for as long as it takes for you to finish your project.
Who works in the UWC?
The Writing Center staff consists of consultants trained to assist writers at any level of expertise and from any discipline. We are staffed with graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty members and non-faculty professionals; they represent fields of study from a wide variety of the university’s various disciplines. If you have specialized requests for your writing project, the Writing Center will make every effort to pair you with a consultant who will best fit your needs.
How can I get a job as a UWC consultant?
Undergraduates seeking employment in the UWC must take R_C 3450 (Writing Center Theory and Practice), which is offered every fall semester. Our Assistant Director can answer more questions about this course. Upon successful completion of R_C 3450, undergraduates can apply for a job in the Center. Graduate students, faculty and staff members who wish to work in the UWC should contact our director, Dr. Beth Carroll. If interested in working at our front desk, contact our program assistant, Michelle Kizer. For more information on employment in the UWC, see our handout.
Does the University Writing Center offer services to English Language Learners (ELLs)?
Consultants are familiar with the specific needs of ELL students and will help you work through the issues that stem from language barriers. Consultants also have access to a number of grammar texts and handouts designed to facilitate ELL sessions.