Writing Programs

About

Writing Center Mission

The Writing Center is a student-staffed program designed to provide one-on-one assistance at any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming to final drafts—and everything in between. We offer individual peer review conferences for Union undergraduates working on writing projects across the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering curriculum. All conferences are face-to-face and typically last 50 minutes.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Writing Center will host appointments online through video conferencing in lieu of face-to-face consultation for the duration of the Fall 2020 term. To book a conference and for instructions on how to access a video conference, please visit https://union.mywconline.com/. Questions? Email writingprograms@union.edu.

Our staff of specially trained writing mentors—Union students just like you—are available to work with their peers in an open, supportive, and enthusiastic learning environment. Our goal is to promote excellence in writing across the college.

The Writing Center is located on the second floor of Schaffer Library, Rooms 226 and 227. You can make an appointment online, or “drop-in” during hours of operation. We are open during the term, Sunday through Thursday, 3-11pm. The Writing Center is closed on Friday and Saturday.

The Writing Center typically opens each term on the Sunday after the first week of classes. Because we are staffed by students, we closed during the week of final exams. The Writing Center is closed during breaks, when classes are not in session. If you have questions, please contact us!

Our Teaching Philosophy

All writers need readers. Warm, friendly, constructive feedback—that's what we do at the Writing Center. Our approach is collaborative and conversational: our student-led staff of writing mentors engage their peers in lively discussion about ideas, and the purpose, situation, audience, organization, clarity, and coherence of writing projects. We work with students on sentence-level issues and grammar, but we prioritize “higher-order” concerns in student writing—from understanding the assignment to idea development, thesis, structure, organization, and argument, along with use of evidence, paragraphing, topic sentences, transitions, word choice, and so on.

Whether we’re working with students on sentence-level issues related to grammar and usage, or focusing on higher-order issues related to ideas, structure, and argument, our goal is to help students reflect on how we write and why—as students develop strategies for revising their own work.

The Writing Center is closely connected to the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program at Union. Learn more about the mission of the WAC program here.