For Faculty

Encourage Your Students to Visit the Center for Writing Excellence

The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is a free resource for all writers at UWEC. A staff of more than 50 skilled writers from all disciplines are on hand to provide individual writing support at any stage of any writing project-from brainstorming and idea mapping to thesis development and improving clarity. Writing Assistants focus on systemic issues like organization and argumentation, so it's best to visit early in the writing process.

As you get ready for a visit to the CWE:

  • Bring a written copy of the assignment
  • Know your instructor's expectations for writing in your discipline
  • Know the name of citation style you need to use, if applicable
  • Bring any previous feedback that you have received
  • Think about what you want to address in your session, as this will focus your writing efforts and get the process of self-reflection started, which is an instrumental part of the writing process.

Recommend your most talented students to take ENGL 397, Writing Center Theory and Practice, so that they can work as paid tutors in the Center for Writing Excellence. Dr. Alan Benson, Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, and Christa Tiernan, Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, teach the three-credit course each Fall. Students enrolled in ENGL 397 also earn full service-learning credit and are eligible to become paid Writing Assistants.

Refer a potential writing assistant

The Center for Writing Excellence can send trained Writing Assistants to your class to help your students with their writing. Along with a basic introduction to our services, we can discuss citation styles, thesis development, and strategies for integrating faculty feedback. We can also help with in-class peer review sessions and model good listening and commenting behaviors.

Request a workshop or visit

Are you working on an article, book manuscript, grant application, or other writing project that you’d very much like to complete? Do you need feedback on your work in progress or information on how to prepare manuscripts for publication? The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) can help.

The CWE supports all writers at UWEC, providing our faculty with the support they need to become—or continue to be—a productive writer and scholar. The CWE's Faculty Writing Support Program offers ongoing support and resources for faculty and staff as they write. Whether new to UWEC or a seasoned colleague, ALL faculty and staff are eligible to benefit.

A key element of the Faculty Writing Support Program are our on-campus week-long retreats held during summer and Winterim. These retreats help you set up a writing schedule and give you the push needed to maintain productivity.  For five days, you’ll focus on a writing project so you can make substantial headway on it (if not complete it) among supportive colleagues in the distraction-free space of the Center for Writing Excellence.

The CWE also offers support for establishing ongoing multidisciplinary writing groups. During the year, when grading and committee work diverts so much of your attention, a writing group can give you the support and structure you need to stay productive.

Look for additional support—including ongoing writing retreats, workshops, and visiting speakers—coming soon.

You’ll receive announcements and registration information about the workshops and the retreats via email. Feel free to contact CWE director Dr. Jonathan Rylander with questions.

Handouts and other materials developed for Center for Writing Excellence workshops and provided by guest speakers.

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