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Writing assistance for you

As a student at UW-Eau Claire, you are able to utilize the Center for Writing Excellence to polish your writing skills. Simply schedule an appointment to meet one on one with a writing assistant to go over a class paper or for guidance on how to become a better writer.

Writing is a process. We can help you with all aspects of this process. Here is a list of areas we can assist you with:

Generating and Exploring Ideas: freewriting, brainstorming, clustering, outlining, reading, talking, and working collaboratively

  • Exploring a Topic: limiting a topic, establishing purpose, considering audience, doing research, formulating a preliminary thesis, choosing an appropriate form, and developing a plan of organization
  • Drafting: developing ideas, arranging ideas in logical/strategic order, refining the thesis, developing relevant and adequate support, inserting transitions, developing a consistent tone and point of view, and creating voice
  • Revising Content: anticipating readers' needs and responses, testing and clarifying the thesis, generating more or different information, and deciding to include or exclude material
  • Revising Organization and Coherence: reordering content, paragraphing, reviewing and strengthening transitions
  • Revising Style: combining and decombining sentences to tighten and clarify ideas, and eliminating wordiness and redundancy

Don't wait! Make an appointment today to start receiving help with ALL aspects of the writing process.

  • Expect to spend 45 minutes during a writing session.
  • Bring your syllabus, assignment sheet, readings, and/or class notes with you.
  • Be ready to explain, in your own words, what you want to work on, even if you're confused about it.
  • If you would like to work on an existing draft of your paper, bring a hard copy to the session.
  • If you bring a draft, expect to read it to your Writing Assistant who will listen and provide you with feedback.
  • Consider your Writing Assistant an informed reader who will help you understand your writing by asking you questions about it.
  • Don't expect the Writing Assistant to edit your paper. In order to become a better writer, it is important to understand all aspects of the process.

We've compiled links, videos, and handouts for some of the more common questions we get on documentation styles, grammar, and more. Feel free to bookmark this page and download the handouts for future reference!

McIntyre Library


Video: Did You Know? (1)
Video: Did You Know? (2)
Video: Did You Know? (3)

Documentation Styles

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (MLA Formatting and Style Guide)
Video: MLA Citation
Video: MLA Paper Formatting
MLA In-Text Citations
MLA Works Cited Page

MLA Sample Paper

American Psychological Association (APA)

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (APA Formatting and Style Guide)
APA Style In-Text Citations
APA Reference Pages

APA Sample Paper

Chicago Bibliographies


Turabian Quick Guide (University of Chicago)

Rhetorical Terms

Rhetorical Terms
Video: Rhetoric
Video: Ethos
Video: Kairos
Video: Logos
Video: Pathos
Video: Visual Rhetoric

Grammar & Mechanics

Video: Active and Passive Voice
Active and Passive Voice
Video: Apostrophes
Video: Capitalization
Video: Commas
Video: Dangling Modifiers
Video: Pronouns
Video: Semicolons (Part 1)
Video: Semicolons (Part 2)
Video: Sprawling Sentences

Essay Writing

Introductions and Conclusions
Thesis Statements
Using Transitions
Transitional Phrases

Copyright Flowchart

Links to Publications

The Writing Lab Newsletter
Writing Center Journal
Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture
Currents in Electronic Literacy

Links to Online Writing Labs (OWLS)

OWL at Purdue University
University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
Portland State University Writing Center
DePaul University Center for Writing-Based Learning
UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center

Other Links

Oxford English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus Online
The Research Exchange
National Writing Project
WAC Clearinghouse
International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

The Center for Writing Excellence's Writing Assistants are UWEC undergraduates who are trained to work one-on-one with their peers' writing. You do not need to be an English major or a perfect writer--what's more important is a commitment to learning more about writing, an ability to work well with writers, and a curiosity about writing and tutoring.

When you work as a Writing Assistant, you will gain valuable training and experience helping others with their writing while improving your own writing and communication skills. The teaching and interpersonal skills you acquire are highly valued by employers, graduate schools, and other organizations.

Becoming a Writing Assistant

To join the CWE staff as a Writing Assistant, you must first complete ENGL 397 (Writing Center Theory and Practice), a course taught every Fall by the Director or Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Excellence. ENGL 397 prepares you to work in the center and counts toward your service-learning requirement.

To enroll in ENGL 397 you will need to provide:

  • an up-to-date resume or CV
  • a writing sample (approximately five pages)
  • a cover letter expressing your interest in the opportunity
  • the name and contact info for at least one faculty or staff member as a reference

Students who complete the course with a satisfactory grade are eligible to apply for paid positions in the Center for Writing Excellence.

All materials should be emailed directly to Jonathan Rylander (

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