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.
How We Can Help
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.
Prepare for a Session
- 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!
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Grammar & Mechanics
Video: Active and Passive Voice
Active and Passive Voice
Video: Dangling Modifiers
Video: Semicolons (Part 1)
Video: Semicolons (Part 2)
Video: Sprawling Sentences
Links to Publications
Links to Online Writing Labs (OWLS)
Oxford English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus Online
The Research Exchange
National Writing Project
International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Becoming a Writing Assistant
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:
- Ask a faculty member who is familiar with your writing to contact Jonathan Rylander (Director of the CWE) via email for a recommendation.
- Visit the Center and have a session. This helps you understand what students coming to the center experience.
- Meet with the Director, Assistant Director, and senior Writing Assistants to talk about your writing and experience working with others.
- Submit a writing sample (approximately five pages).
Students who complete the course with a satisfactory grade are eligible to apply for paid positions in the Center for Writing Excellence.