The Oregon State University Writing Center offers several valuable resources for students. We offer assistance with all types of writing, at all stages of the writing process. From incoming first-year students navigating the transition into college writing to experienced writers working on dissertations or novels, the Writing Center is for everyone.
Undergraduate students are invited to the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, a work space where help is available during the writing process from trained peer studio consultants. Graduate students are invited to make appointments in the Graduate Writing Center, where they will consult with trained peer tutors about their writing. All students (Corvallis campus, Cascades campus, and Ecampus) are invited to receive online writing help via email or Skype via the Online Writing Suite (OWS).
Our Writing Center is based on the beliefs that writing is an ongoing process that does not happen in a vacuum and that feedback and revision are crucial, not just to the development of responding to individual assignments, but also to the development of the writers themselves. The Writing Center helps students learn to navigate the conventions and expectations of academic writing, giving them a chance to discuss and revise their work in a supportive environment. The Writing Center can also help students who are working on longer projects, such as graduate theses/dissertations, honor's theses, international degree theses, McNair Scholar research projects, etc. The Writing Center establishes long-term relationships with these students and continues to work with them during all phases of their writing processes.
As an instructor, you can require your undergraduate students to visit the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio at least once during the term. In many ways, this is similar to doing peer review, except that your students meet with trained Studio consultants and have a conversation with your students about their writing. For information about how to incorporate an Undergrad Research & Writing Studio visit into your class, please see below.
We offer 15-20 minute class presentations introducing what the Writing Center does and why. Presentations can be scheduled at any time during the term. To schedule a presentation, please contact Dennis Bennett, Writing Center Director, at dennis.bennett at oregonstate.edu or Chris Ervin Undergraduate Research & Writing Studio Coordinator, at chris.ervin at oregonstate.edu. Whole class visits to the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, called "collaboratories," can be scheduled using our reservation form.
Drop-in PowerPoint slides, which are designed to provide students with an overview of the services offered by the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, the Graduate Writing Center, and the Online Writing Suite (OWS). Please feel free to use these in your classrooms as desired, and let us know if additional information would be helpful.
Please feel free to copy-and-paste the paragraph below into your syllabus.
Undergrad Research & Writing Studio: Are you looking for a low-key collaborative place to research, read, and write? Drop in at the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio to grab a table and work at your own pace—no appointments necessary! Studio consultants are on-hand to check in and give support on everything from research papers and lab write-ups to resumes and digital media projects. You’ll receive feedback and step-by-step strategies to help you overcome writer’s block and develop your skills as a writer and a scholar. Come visit the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio in-person on the main floor of Valley Library or online at writingcenter.oregonstate.edu/undergrad-writing-studio.
As an instructor, you can require your students to visit the Writing Center at least once during the term. In many ways, this is similar to doing peer review, except that your students meet with trained Studio consultants (who are themselves present or past students) and have a conversation about their writing.
We would be happy to meet with you to talk about how the Writing Center can help your students. To schedule a meeting or find out more information about the Writing Center, please contact Dennis Bennett, Writing Center Director, at Dennis.Bennett at oregonstate.edu or Chris Ervin, Undergrad Research & Writing Studio Coordinator, at chris.ervin at oregonstate.edu. This meeting gives you a chance to articulate the learning outcomes you have for your assignment, so we can be better prepared to effectively support your students.
We encourage students to visit early in the term. We are busiest during weeks 4, 7, and 10. Visiting early in an assignment process also allows students to brainstorm, outline, or conceptualize their writing on a big-picture level, rather than simply bringing in a draft they believe is already complete. Many of our most productive consultations begin when a student brings in an assignment sheet and announces, "I don't really know where to start."
After their session, your students may request an emailed, secure, virtual 'consultation slip' from their Studio consultant that confirms their time spent in the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio. Your students can forward that confirmation to you if their visit was required or if they receive extra credit for coming in.