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WOU Writing Center:
Who We Are






“As an academic support service that promotes the educational mission of WOU, the Writing Center advances the writerly self-efficacy of every writer who uses the Writing Center strategically, repeatedly, and over time.”

— Our Mission Statement —

About the Writing Center

The Writing Center is the only academic support unit on campus specifically designed to promote your development and success as a college writer. The consultant team is available to assist you in-person and online with writing projects for any course and any level of instruction. The Writing Center also offers specialized assistance for multimodal compositions or new media projects like digital narratives, blogs, websites, presentations, and even YouTube videos.

We would invite you to utilize Writing Center services at a variety of stages in your writing processes: understanding assignment directions; brainstorming ideas; creating “maps” or outlines; checking to see that your project meets the directions specified by your instructor; exploring practical routes for revision and development; and adhering to format and style guides (e.g., AAA, APA, APSA, CBE, Chicago, and MLA). While tutors avoid “fixing” your writing, they do help you become conscious of, and proactive about, particular error patterns that emerge in your written work. Additionally, we have a library of reference texts and take-home handouts to help you.

Our Research & Community Outreach

At our Writing Center, we are diversifying our services to accommodate emerging populations at WOU. We are actively researching and focusing our knowledge to create new directions for writing center theory and practice. Professional staff and students work together to identify service gaps and to imagine solutions to serve our students, university, community, and field in meaningful ways. Check out some of the projects we have been working on!

We Have A New Logo!

The Challenge: Reaching our Students At the Writing Center, we believe in what we do, and we are passionate about reaching students on campus. And with our research on writerly self-efficacy, we have come to understand...

Writerly Self-Efficacy Research

i Self-Efficacy Journal Article Check out the study here!  Creating our Writing Self-Efficacy Scale In order to measure the impact of the Writing Center on students, together with Dr. Joel E. Alexander, the...


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You can also stop by our office at APSC 301. We're excited to meet you!