The Writing Center is a satellite office of the Dean of the College. The Center is staffed by graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines. Staff members are experienced writers and teachers who participate in ongoing training in composition and Writing Center theory and practice. In addition to holding one-on-one conferences, Writing Center Associates offer various workshops on writing for interested groups.
Writing Center conferences generally last an hour. Experienced as well as inexperienced writers are encouraged to come to the Center with their writing concerns. Writing Center Associates are prepared to discuss all stages of the writing process, from finding a topic, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, and revising a draft. Associates can help writers deal with writer's block, audience awareness, argumentation, organization, grammar, research skills, the conventions of academic writing, English as a Second Language, and issues of clarity and style.