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Academic Writing Center

Consultations

During a writing consultation appointment, you will meet one-on-one with an Academic Writing Specialist (AWS). Appointments can last up to 40 minutes and are designed to assist you in all stages of the writing process. Writing consultations can help in the following areas:

  • Improve your writing skills through non-directive and non-evaluative methods.
  • Help you think more deeply about your writing, identify strengths and weaknesses in your writing, and communicate effectively with your audience.
  • Connect you with tools and skills that improve your confidence and competence as a writer.
  • Help you identify systematic challenges in grammar or tone.

Please note, the Academic Writing Center does not provide copy-editing services. An AWS will not edit and return a draft to identify mistakes.

Faculty and staff may also request consultation sessions, although student support is prioritized during the first (pilot) year of the Academic Writing Center.

Writing Groups

Writing groups are invaluable in providing accountability, peer-support, and productivity to the writing process. If students, faculty, or staff need assistance in creating a writing group or support for your existing group, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can assist your group by:

  • Providing physical or digital space for your group to meet.
  • Providing guidance for writing group activities.
  • Being available to answer questions as group members engage in the writing process.
  • There are many possible ways to support a writing group. If you have a specific request, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate you.

 

Writing Support for USU Courses

If you are a professor or staff member who would like an Academic Writing Specialist (AWS) to conduct a workshop on writing for your class, please let us know. We have a variety of general brownbag topics on writing, or we can create a workshop for the specific needs of your class.

Sample Brownbag topics:

  • Getting started: Outlining your writing project.
  • Strategies for overcoming writer's block.
  • Becoming familiar with your writing process.
  • Narrowing your research question.
  • Strategies for revising your research paper.

In addition, the AWS can also assist you with the writing components of your course. For example:

  • Improving assessment and feedback of student writing.
  • Creating or modifying clear writing goals/instructions on assignments.
  • Using the LMS discussion board for productive writing spaces.
  • Setting up peer-review for your students.

Brownbags & Webinars

Brownbags and webinars are designed to cover general topics related to writing. However, if you have a specific writing topic that you need covered for your class, student group (a minimum of 3 students is required), or writing group, please let us know and we can customize a writing session for you. Here is a list of available topics for a brownbag session:

  • Getting started: Outlining your writing project.
  • Strategies for overcoming writer's block.
  • Becoming familiar with your writing process.
  • Narrowing your research question.
  • Strategies for revising your research paper.