Writing Center Update


Fall 2014 Writing Center Hours

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Monday – Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-1pm

Morgan Library Room 171
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

TILT Room 211
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

At the English department meeting the Friday before classes started, Lisa Langstraat gave an update on what’s been happening at the Writing Center. Langstraat is the current Director of the Writing Center, where they had a busy and impressive 2013-2014 academic year.

  • The number of consultations provided rose by 25.3% last year, from 4252 in the academic year 2012/13 to 5693 in 2013/14.
  • The Writing Center team implemented a new online appointment system, so while students can still work with a Writing Center consultant without an appointment, they can also make an appointment up to a month in advance, which should help many students plan and make time for revisions before their assignments are due.
  • Worked with students — both undergraduate and graduate — from 191 different academic programs, and more than 350 courses.
  • 46% of consultations were with non-native English speakers who come to CSU from 41 different countries.

This year, the Writing Center has eleven new consultants, five returning consultants, and four internship consultants. Consultants represent a wide range of majors, research interests, and experience — from TESL to Biology.

The Writing Center welcomes their new graduate student director, Sarah Hansen, who is enrolled in the MFA program. Sarah brings significant experience, fresh perspectives, and impressive technological expertise, of which the Writing Center plans to take full advantage this year!

The Writing Center program development goals this year include creating more opportunities for graduate student writers who are working on theses and dissertations, continuing to increase the number of course collaborations with faculty from across the university, and continuing to enhance services for non-native speakers of English.

Find out more about the Writing Center: http://writingcenter.colostate.edu/


Writing Center

The Writing Center thanks English teachers for encouraging English and composition students to seek writing consultations.  Many of our 4000+ sessions this year came from these courses.

Writing Center and Eddy 300 Lab Fall 2011 Hours

Writing Center Hours
Fall 2011 Limited Hours – August 29th-September 2nd
Monday-Friday 10-1pm Eddy Hall 6

Regular Hours – Beginning Sunday, September 4th
Monday-Thursday 10-4pm Eddy Hall 6
Friday – 10-1pm Eddy Hall 6
Sunday – Thursday 6pm-8pm, Morgan Library

Visit the Writing Center Website.

Eddy 300 Lab Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 – 10
Friday: 7:30 – 6
Saturday: 11 – 5:30
Sunday: 11 – 7 (except Sunday August 28th)

Writing Center Class Visits, Spring 2011

To all faculty and GTAs,

The CSU Writing Center invites all instructors of English to set up a promotional visit for your literature, composition, creative writing, or education class.  These brief visits given by a writing consultant introduce students to the services the Writing Center offers.  They take between 5 and 10 minutes and they may be scheduled at your convenience.  If you are interested at any time during the Spring 2011 semester, please contact Bruce Shields, Assistant Director, at writing@colostate.edu, or at 491-0222.  Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to visit during our daytime operating hours.

Please check our hours of operation on our website: writingcenter.colostate.edu. The Writing Center will resume regularly scheduled hours beginning Sunday, January 23rd.

Thank you,

Bruce Shields
Assistant Director
CSU Writing Center

The Writing Lab Newsletter

From the site: “The Writing Lab Newsletter is a forum for exchanging ideas and information about writing centers in high schools, colleges, and universities.”

“Articles focus on challenges in tutoring theory and methodology, handling ESL issues, directing a writing center, training tutors, adding computers, designing and expanding centers, and using tutorial theory and pedagogy.”

“In addition to articles, issues contain conference announcements, book reviews, professional news, and a column by and for tutors. The newsletter is published monthly from September to June, with some issues combined into double issues.”

Purdue Writing Lab receives $1.5 million to create new interactive writing tool for high school students

From the article: “The two-year project, called H-OWL, is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project involves creating and testing an interactive extension of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab, which is an online resource that provides information on many aspects of writing, including grammar and mechanics, writer’s block, style guides, and punctuation. The site…received more than 180 million visits last year.”

” ‘The goal is to create an online tool to help high school juniors and seniors meet national writing requirements and to help them make the transition to college-level writing,’ said Linda Bergmann, director of the project and of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab. ‘By making the already popular OWL more interactive, we are creating a resource that students can use to help them write across all disciplines – from language arts to science. We want to incorporate new media and social networking features, as well as aspects of gaming, to engage this young audience and reach the next generation of learners. What we create could help others in education design additional learning tools.’ ”

Read the full article: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/outreach/2011/110110BergmannOWL.html