Washington State University Tri-Cities Writing Center

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Come visit us at the Writing Center!

2nd floor of the CIC library

Located on the 2nd floor of the CIC library. Please note that our location is only accessible though the main entrance of the CIC Library, which is located on the 1st floor of the CIC building.

To find us:

  1. Enter the CIC Library main entrance and walk up the staircase of the library.
  2. When you reach the top, turn around, and you will see signs indicating our location on the North side of the 2nd floor.

The WC Online system is now active, so students can schedule appointments with specific peer writing consultants (including digital writing consultants) on the day/time of their choosing. By logging into WC Online, students can view a description of each consultant’s academic specialties, which will allow them to meet with the consultant who can best serve their writing needs. The schedule for the entire semester is accessible, so students can plan ahead and reserve appointments early to ensure availability.

Our Mission

The WSU Tri-Cities Writing Center is dedicated to supporting student writers at all skill levels and from across the disciplines as they navigate the writing process (from prewriting and researching, to drafting and revising). The Writing Center is a positive learning environment where students composing in any medium or genre (including research papers, resumes, proposals, creative narratives, lab reports, DTC projects, etc.) can find resources and meet with our peer writing consultants. Through collaborative revision, we help students become better writers as well as meet course and university expectations by developing effective writing skills. By doing this, we support the success of our students, faculty, and university community.

How It Works

Although students may walk in for assistance at any time, making an appointment in the WC Online system is encouraged (directions below).  Students who schedule an appointment may select the specific day and time of their consultation, and are guaranteed at least 30 minutes of one-on-one time with the peer writing consultant of their choosing.  Scheduling an appointment is not only beneficial in terms of time management; it allows students to meet consistently with the consultant who can best meet their writing needs, learning style, and personality.

Students may also visit the Writing Center to work on assignments, ask questions, use books and other resources, and/or pick up (free) handouts about the writing process, writing mechanics, grammar, documentation style, and more.

Make An Appointment

Simply register in the WC Online system using your WSU e-mail address and then log-in to make appointments for the Writing Center. Walk-in visits are still available, but an appointment means you will not have to wait. Registering for WC Online only takes about 2 minutes, and must only be done once.

What to Bring

Please bring as much information as possible about the assignment you are working on.  This could include the course syllabus, assignment or project description, grading rubrics, and/or any notes, brainstorms, outlines, drafts, or other work you have completed.  The more you and the consultant understand the requirements of the assignment, the more productive your consultation will be.  Other than assignment descriptions and completed work, the best things you can bring to an appointment are specific questions and a positive attitude.

How We Can Help You

All peer writing consultants are students themselves, so they can relate to the challenges of composing in an academic setting. Consultants are prepared to help students with many types of composition issues, including:

  • Understanding the Assignment
  • Prewriting and Invention
  • Drafting and Research
  • Revising, Editing, and Polishing
  • Documentation Style
  • Document Layout and Design
  • Use of Visual Rhetoric
  • Basic Computer Assistance

Rather than merely fix or complete one individual assignment, the Writing Center aims to teach writing skills, including how to approach an assignment step-by-step. This method goes beyond any individual assignment, and is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will be useful in their future writing endeavors.The Writing Center is not an editing service; collaboration among student and consultant is necessary for a productive meeting. We look forward to working with you in the Writing Center this semester!