The Center for Writing to open Sept. 14

Center for Writing to open Sept. 14

By Susan Callaway
Director, Center for Writing

The Center for Writing will open for 2007-08 on Friday, Sept. 14. Before then, consultants are available to work with students by appointment. Call us at (651) 962-5601 or e-mail us at

The peer consultants at the Center for Writing provide one-on-one assistance for undergraduate and graduate students with writing for any course. Our mission is to help students read and think critically; through writing, we encourage them to probe deeply into the issues presented in their coursework.

Syllabus Statement

As you prepare your syllabus for the fall semester, whether the course is for first-year students or your majors, please consider including a statement about the Center for Writing. You can indicate to your students the importance of your writing assignments and your support of what we do.

The Center for Writing provides one-on-one conferences before you write, as you write, and after you write. Come to work with a peer consultant when you get an assignment to talk over what the assignment is asking and how you’re interpreting the reading on which it’s based. Or make an appointment when you’re starting to write to focus or organize your ideas. Talk to us when you’re revising to help you be clear and concise in your final draft. We’ll work with you at any stage of the writing process so that you develop strong, long-term approaches to your reading, writing and critical thinking.

The Center for Writing

  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-noon Fridays; and 6-9 Sundays in OSF Library
  • Location: JRC 361
  • Phone: (651) 962-5601
  • Web:

Online Resources

If you’re interested in incorporating the Center for Writing more directly into your course, refer to the handouts on our Web site’s “Faculty Resources.” The center’s Web site also provides links through our “Quick Links” to documentation styles and separate pages for undergraduate and graduate student resources. We also field questions and consult online through “Ask a Consultant.”

If you have questions or if you would like brochures to give to your students, contact the director of the Center for Writing, Dr. Susan Callaway, (651) 962-5601, or e-mail the center at