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Writing Center

Academic Center for Excellence

The Writing Center can provide virtual feedback on your writing, no matter your major, class or skill level. Trained peer writing consultants help with every phase of the writing process from brainstorming to revision. We aim to foster students’ growth, independence and confidence in their writing skills by giving focused feedback specific to each writer and assignment. We offer live virtual writing consultations and a new asynchronous drop-off service for written feedback.

Our core beliefs are:

  • All writers should be treated with dignity, no matter their background or ability
  • Writing is an important process of self-expression unique to each writer
  • All writers are capable of powerful writing through practice
  • Student collaboration makes the writing process more enjoyable
  • Writing is essential to communicating ideas and participating in society beyond the classroom

What We Do

Assignment analysis and project brainstorming

Writing consultants are happy to help you plan your writing project. We can help you determine your approach to completing an assignment, develop your topic, craft thesis statements, organize ideas, develop outlines or any assist with any other prewriting needs.

Drafting and revision

Writing consultants believe that collaborating makes the writing process more enjoyable. During the drafting and revision process, we work together to clarify ideas, strengthen arguments and solidify structure. Rather than proofreading or editing, we coach students to identify patterns of error in their own writing and direct them to great grammar resources to help them become a confident, independent writer. 

Preparing presentations and other new-media communications

Writing consultants understand that composing texts isn’t always in the form of an academic essay. We can support your writing process no matter the medium you’re using, from digital posts and projects to crafting a presentation.

What are your hours?

Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday: 4-6 p.m.

Who can use the Writing Center?

Any undergraduate student at any part of the writing process. We give feedback on writing to students of all abilities from their first course at Salve Regina to their last. Unfortunately, we are not able to help students enrolled in graduate programs at this time.

What do you do at the Writing Center?

When you meet with a writing consultant, plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour discussing your work, asking questions and listening to feedback. We are here to help you with the writing process in a shared effort that depends on your active participation to succeed.

How should I prepare for my consultation?

In preparing to meet your writing consultant, you will gain more from your conference if you target areas with which you need help. To do this, consider these aspects of your assignment:

  • What have you chosen to write about? How/why did you decide on this subject? What is your opinion of it?
  • Who are your readers and what can you assume they know about your subject? How, specifically, do you hope to influence their thinking through your essay?
  • How will you support your topic? What sources will you utilize?
  • List three areas that you would like help within your essay.

Will you proofread and edit my paper?

The Writing Center believes that writing is a process. Proofreading is the last step of the writing process, and it involves examining your paper for typos, misspellings and punctuation errors. Ideally, this is the last thing you’ll do before turning in a paper. We want to empower you to produce better writing during a consultation and in the future when you’re writing on your own. Editing and proofreading are skills that we can help you develop and master, not "services" that we provide. Our goal is to make sure you understand and take ownership over every change and edit to your paper. You are welcome to return for as many appointments as you feel you need to complete a work to your own satisfaction.

Can you help me with my grammar?

Absolutely. Since English grammar is particularly complex, we encourage you to come prepared with specific questions and samples of your writing. Once a writing consultation begins, tutors may offer feedback on other areas of the assignment.

What is a writing partner?

Writing partners are writing consultants who can: 

  • Attend class on days that writing assignments are presented to gain an awareness of the professor’s expectations.
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop customized, interactive workshops to support your writing-based projects and assignments.
  • Co-facilitate in-class revision or peer-review days.
  • Share information specific to your assignments, requirements and professor’s expectations with all other writing consultants so that you can get support in the Writing Center at times that work for you.