WSU Tri-Cities

The Writing Center

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.

Digital Writing Consultants Available in the Writing Center

Digital Writing Consultants (DWCs) are peer consultants that can assist students who are looking for personalized assistance and/or advice about any aspect of digital composition, document design, visual rhetoric, and/or using computer software.

DWCs are trained and experienced in a variety of software including Adobe Creative Suite (including After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere), Final Cut Pro Studio, Maya 8.5, Microsoft Office, Prezi, and more. They are also available to help with document design and layout, effective use of visual rhetoric, and/or any DTC assignments. This service is free to WSU-TC students.

The Writing Center computers have access to Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 and Microsoft Office software, so students are free to work on their digital compositions in the writing center space. Students can book an appointment with a DWC by logging into WC Online.

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.

Important Note for spring semester 2014: In January 2014, the Writing Center implemented the use of the new, upgraded version of WC Online. While the new version is more user friendly and has more capabilities, it is not possible to import users’ accounts from the old system. This means that students must create a new WC Online account in order to book an appointment at the Writing Center, even if they had a previously existing account prior to January 2014. Students may use the same e-mail address and password to create their new account, and this 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!

Writing Center Hours

Regular schedule, effective through Dead Week of spring semester, 2014:

Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Writing Center is closed when the WSU Tri-Cities campus is closed. This includes Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving break, and any time the campus is closed due to inclement weather and/or other reasons.