We’re excited to partner with you to support your students’ writing process. Listed below are a few ways that you can share about the Writing Center and encourage your students to visit.
We are currently offering class visits so that faculty can visit the Studio space with their classes to learn about the support available to student writers. We find that it’s valuable for writers to see the Studio in person, so we encourage faculty to bring students to our physical location. These brief introductions take 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, students may stay in the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio to work on a project or return to your classroom. However, we understand that it’s not always possible to visit the Studio for a variety of reasons, so you may also request that a representative from the Writing Center visit your classroom. Class visits can be scheduled at any time during the term, but we do ask for lead time of at least five days to arrange the visit. Please complete our request form, and we’ll follow up directly with you.
Our Writing Center Canvas module contains an overview of Writing Center services and information on how to prepare for a successful consultation. You can import the module into your course site by selecting “Canvas Commons” in the global navigation pane, and then searching for “Oregon State University Writing Center.” Results should list the module with author name Marjorie Coffey. Once you import the module, it will appear at the end of your list of modules, and you can drag and drop it to the location that works best on your Canvas course site. This step-by-step guide shows the search and import process.
Please share about Writing Center resources with your students. Sharing a PowerPoint (PPT) slide at the start of class, when talking about writing process, or on a Canvas page or announcement can be a great way to remind students of support resources available to them. Below are PPT slides for Writing Center services:
Please share about upcoming workshops with students. If you are encouraging students to attend workshops for an assignment or extra credit, when registering, students can request that an attendance confirmation email be sent to them (or directly to you!) after the workshop.
Personal Statement Strategies - Tuesday, January 31 @ 10 AM - Personal statements are an important part of graduate school applications and can often be stressful to draft. Join us as we introduce personal statements, talk through strategies for structure and content, and review a sample statement together. You'll learn about strategies for drafting your own statement and resources to support your writing. Register here.
The Writing Process & Time Management - Tuesday, February 21 @ 10 AM - Writing is a process that takes time and energy--things which can be challenging during a busy term. Join us to think through steps of the writing process and discuss approaches to project and time management. Together, we'll explore strategies and resources to support you in accomplishing your writing goals. Register here.
The strategies in the above document are adapted from those shared by writing consultants Taylor Buccello, Taylor Jenkins, and Trinity Polk during a WIC panel in spring 2022. The tables in this document convey instructor strategies that consultants have observed as particularly helpful to students working on writing projects.
We’re excited to have your students visit the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio and submit their writing to the OWS. We hope your students will visit early and often. Prior to requiring a Studio or OWS consultation for an assignment or extra credit, please reach out to Chris Ervin, Undergrad Research & Writing Studio Coordinator, to set up a meeting. In that meeting, we can talk about the assignment and outcomes. Meeting also allows us to share information about what students experience when they visit and prepare Writing Center consultants to provide support. We are able to provide an emailed confirmation slip for students that confirms their Studio or OWS consultation. Your students can forward the confirmation if their session was required/extra credit.
If using the Writing Center as part of your assignment, keep these tips and strategies in mind:
We understand syllabi include many statements and can be an overwhelming amount of information. This statement is intended to encourage students to use resources that can support their coursework.
Here is some sample language you might use in a syllabus:
Writing consultants help with any kind of writing and at any stage in the writing process. Through one-to-one consultations as well as written feedback via email, writing consultants help writers with any writing-related task: brainstorming and outlining a writing project, locating and using sources, revising a rough draft, using editing and proofreading strategies, and much more!
The Writing Center currently offers three services:
Visit the Writing Center website to learn more about services. If you have any questions about services or scheduling, you can use the live chat feature or email the Writing Center at [email protected].
Writing Across Borders is a 3-year documentary project funded by Oregon State University’s Center for Writing and Learning (now simply known as the Writing Center) and its Writing Intensive Curriculum Program. The documentary's purpose is to help faculty, writing assistants, and other professionals work more productively with international students in writing environments. For more information, visit the "Writing Across Borders" webpage.