Welcome to the Center for Writing Excellence!
The CWE is a comfortable place where you can work on your writing one-to-one with a trained writing assistant. We focus on feedback rather than correction, helping you develop as a writer and student.
FINALS WEEK HOURS
During finals week, our Centennial Hall location will be open Monday - Thursday from 9 am - 4 pm. We will have very limited appointments available during this time, so please request appointments in advance to ensure a Writing Assistant is available to work with you.
During the 8-week summer session (June 11 - August 3), the CWE will be open limited hours and by appointment only. Please request appointments at least 24 hours in advance.
What is the writing center?
The writing center provides free one-to-one peer writing assistance for all UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, and staff. We can help you at any stage of the writing process, whether you're working on a first draft or performing final polish. We work with writers at all levels and with all types of writing, from your WRIT 116 essay to that Geology capstone paper to a cover letter for your internship application. If you're feeling stuck, having trouble getting started, or just want to get a second opinion, this is the place for you!
What happens in a session?
To get started, request an appointment or simply walk in to one of our locations. During your session, you'll meet one-on-one with a trained writing assistant (WA) to work on some aspect of your writing assignment. Think of the WA as an informed reader who will help you understand your writing by asking questions and providing feedback.
To start the session, the WA will familiarize themselves with what you're working on by asking questions about the assignment and looking at your syllabus. It's helpful if you bring a printed copy of the assignment, rubric, and all course materials! Then, they'll ask about specific concerns and questions you have. Once the WA knows more about the assignment and your goals for the session, you'll begin brainstorming, discussing your draft, or going over your initial questions. If you've brought a piece of writing with you to the session, the WA will ask you to read each section out loud (the WA can also read it out loud). As you read through the paper, the WA will ask questions and explain any areas that were confusing or difficult.
Generally, our first priority is higher-order concerns, like developing thesis statements, focusing your arguments, and generating ideas. Once these issues are addressed, we can also help you with organizing your sources, polishing and revising your writing, citation styles, and general formatting questions.
What should I do to get ready for my appointment?
- Bring your syllabus, assignment sheet, readings, class notes, and any other documentation that you might need.
- If you are working on a draft you've already written, bring a printed copy of the draft. (A printer is available in the Centennial CWE space.)
- Think about what you want to work on during the session. It's helpful if you come with specific questions or particular areas of the paper that you're concerned about. However, if you're just confused generally, don't worry! We can help with that, too!