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Writing Center

Get help in the Writing Center

 

Location/Hours

Western Instruction Building (WIB) 208
Phone: (435) 613-5068
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Need help with one of your papers? Don't remember what a title page looks like? Can't remember the difference between a colon and a semicolon? Just need someone to listen to your ideas and help you find a workable topic?

Come to the Writing Center. We can help!


We offer a variety of resources to help you complete your writing assignments and become a better writer in the process. There is no charge for any of the services in the Writing Center.

Writing Center


Writing Center Mission

At the USU Eastern Writing Center, our main goal is to help students become independent writers. We support all types of writing assignments in all academic disciplines.

We strive to:

  • Teach students to implement writing concepts discussed in class;
  • Create a safe environment for students to find answers to their writing questions;
  • Cultivate the skills students need to produce effective writing; and
  • Increase students' confidence in their writing

Drop-by Tutoring

As you generate ideas, draft and revise your papers, we can provide critical yet supportive feedback. We can also help you be a more effective writer. Emphasis is placed not only on the mechanics of writing, but also on the content and structure.

What to Expect

  • Appointments are not necessary. You can drop by any of our locations when it is convenient for you.
  • Come with a digital or hard copy of your paper, the assignment description, and any questions or concerns you have about your paper. You may also come without a paper if you are in the beginning stages of writing.
  • The tutor is sitting at the front desk. Let them know you are there to get some help with a writing assignment. Don't forget to sign in!
  • Expect your tutor to read your essay out loud (if you have a draft of your essay with you). Plan to be involved in your tutoring session by asking and answering questions, clarifying ideas, and turning off your phone.
  • Plan on about 30 minutes to work with your tutor. You might be able to have a longer session if no one is waiting for tutoring.

Online Tutoring

Can't make it to the Writing Center? No problem, just schedule an online tutoring session.

  Make an online appointment

  How to Complete an Online Appointment

What to Expect

  • Make an appointment at least 48 hours in advance. You will receive a confirmation email with your appointment information and additional instructions.
  • Email your paper to your tutor at least 24 hours before your appointment. To contact your tutor, reply directly to your confirmation email. If you do not have a paper to work on, that's okay. Email the tutor to let them know you'd like to brainstorm during your appointment.
  • During your session, access your tutor's chat room by clicking on the link found in both your confirmation and reminder emails. Log in with your A# and USU password.
  • You will have 25 minutes to work with your tutor.
  • After the appointment, your tutor will email an overview of the session to you and your teacher, confirming your visit with the writing center.

Have questions or suggestions?

Contact:
Michaelann Nelson
Writing Center Director
michaelann.nelson@usu.edu

Computer Services

We provide computers and printers for basic word processing. There is no charge for using the computers or for printing. If you are not familiar with word processing, we can help you get started. We have self-tutorial software programs to help you with various areas of grammar and punctuation.

MLA/APA Documentation

Below are links to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, a website that includes information on writing in-text citations, creating a reference list, and using endnotes and footnotes for both MLA and APA citation styles.

Online Resources

  • Grammar lessons and exercises
    from the Purdue University OWL. This particular link will take you to the grammar lessons and exercises of Purdue's Online Writing Lab. The tutorials contain simple explanations and examples concerning grammar and punctuation topics.
  • Guide to grammar and writing by Charles Darling
    This site has an extensive guide to writing the word, sentence, paragraph, and global levels. Use the quizzes to test what your learn.
  • Washington State University's plagiarism information site
    plagiarism is a serious issue that applies to any writer, especially when it comes to research papers. USU's own penalties for plagiarism are strict. Make sure to learn how to identify and avoid plagiarism in your own writing.
  • Playwriting tips from Playwriting 101
    Of all types of writing, playwriting is one of the least used; therefore, many tutors and 1010 students find themselves rusty.
  • St. Cloud State University LEO
    Literacy Education Online contains handouts about many types of writing topics, including the following: catching errors in your own writing, introducing quotes in a research paper, and making your writing nonsexist.

Videos about Writing

The following videos were produces by USU Writing Center staff for the USU Connections course and are helpful resource for anyone looking to improve their writing. The videos provide students with information about key writing concepts in a fun and interactive way.

  • Brevity
    Learn more about how to write precisely.
  • MLA and APA Format
    Learn the ins and outs of MLA and APA formatting for papers.
  • plagiarism
    Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
  • Punctuation
    Learn more about punctuation and how to use it correctly.
  • Resources for Writing
    Learn how to find good resources for writing.
  • Sources
    Learn more about sources and how to incorporate them into your writing.
  • Voice
    Find out how to use your voice effectively in your writing.