What We Do
The primary objective of the Writing Center is to help our students become better writers. Our multidisciplinary staff is trained to serve as informed readers who can assist writers first in strengthening the global aspects of writing such as brainstorming, organization, assignment fulfillment, and integration and analysis of sources, and second in sentence-level elements such as style and usage. Our consultants do not proofread papers for students. Instead, we engage writers in conversation about how to clearly and effectively communicate their thoughts in a manner appropriate to their audience.
The Student Referral Form (PDF) gives professors the opportunity to send students to the Writing Center for help with any aspect of the writing process—from brainstorming to revision, as well as any writing element with which they may be struggling. Consider attaching a form to a paper you are returning to a student, or giving the form to a student after class, with your suggestions for what to cover during the appointment. The form gives you the option to suggest or require a certain number of visits by a date you stipulate. After each appointment, you will receive a summary of the consultation via email, and the student will be given a stamped and signed receipt with a description of the topics covered.
Writing Center 101
Each semester, we offer several sessions of our half-hour Writing Center 101 workshop with the most up-to-date information about the services we offer, how to make appointments, and how to take full advantage of this excellent resource. Please, send your students. We will provide proof of attendance for students to turn in to you. If you prefer to have a consultant visit your classroom, or if you have an upcoming orientation you would like us to present at, call us at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3141, or contact Chelsea Faber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Writer’s Studio is a series of six consultations with the same consultant. These series are ideal for students taking Freshman Writing Seminar, Senior Sem, Writing Intensive, or any other course with a significant amount of writing. They also tend to be very helpful for multilingual students. When making an appointment on apu.mywconline.com, students will have the option to register for a Writer’s Studio. If they would like to sign up, they should select the series option that works best for them: semiweekly, weekly, or biweekly. The student will be contacted by the Writing Center within 1–2 business days to schedule the Writer’s Studio.