Every writer is a work in progress. Effective writing comes from engaging and committing to the writing process. In all stages of writing, from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts, and in all degrees and disciplines, the Writing Center is here to guide you. Take the first step to writing confidently -- work with a writing coach today! How We HelpWhat to ExpectWriting Myths and Facts Writing coaches work with all students from undergraduate and graduate programs and in every stage of the writing process: Understanding/responding to assignments and pre-writing (brainstorming, free-writing, mapping, outlining, etc.) Crafting thesis statements and staying on topic Developing, expanding, and organizing ideas Integrating sources (quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing) Formatting and citation guidance Checking clarity, repetition, wordiness, and word choice Learning to identify and correct errors patterns in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics (not proofreading) Offering perspective on writing In doing so, we encourage students to become more confident in their writing by giving them tools to recognize their strengths and address their concerns. We understand that students and faculty have expectations for the final written product. Although we cannot guarantee a perfect piece of writing, we coach students in methods and provide necessary resources to significantly improve student's writing skills. Writing Coaches Ask students about their assignment and what they want to focus on. Collaborate on the session agenda and read the paper together with students. Address up to 2 major and 2 minor concerns in a single session with students. Do not correct every mistake in students’ papers; rather, they will focus on error patterns and teach students to correct their own mistakes. Refrain from writing on students' papers. Review up to four pages in 30-minute sessions / eight pages in 60-minute sessions depending on depth of feedback desired/required and format (double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-point font). Do not discuss/guarantee grades. Encourage students to be active participants in the session and offer help developing a plan for future independent writing. MYTH. I need to have something written to go to the Writing Center (WC). FACT. The WC can help with every stage of writing. You can come to the WC at the very beginning of the writing process--to understand your assignment, to brainstorm ideas, to formulate a thesis, to outline your essay, to familiarize yourself with formatting and citation styles, etc. MYTH. I need to have a finished product to go to the WC. FACT. The WC can help with every stage of writing. If you feel stuck during the process, we will work with you to overcome those writer’s blocks by asking you guiding questions, exploring your ideas, and helping you pen those thoughts down. MYTH. The WC is only good for checking grammar and punctuation. FACT. The WC can help with every stage of writing, so we are well-equipped to help you organize your paper, structure paragraphs, expand and develop ideas, encourage you to write clearly and specifically, ensure you have responded to your assignment, etc. MYTH. The WC sounds like a service meant only for traditional-age students/native speakers. FACT. The WC is a welcoming, supportive, and professional space for all Regis University students. At the WC, we work with students from all undergraduate and graduate programs, language backgrounds, and all walks of life. We enjoy the diversity our clientele bring. MYTH. I can drop my paper off at the Writing Center and return to pick it up. FACT. Since the Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service, students must work alongside writing coaches, and cannot drop off their papers with writing coaches and return to pick them up later. MYTH. I am a good writer, and I don’t need any outside feedback. FACT. The WC offers you a fresh, unbiased perspective to review your work objectively. Seize the opportunity to have another set of eyes help you check for vagueness, repetition, redundancy, awkward phrasing, wordiness, word choice, formatting and citation standards, etc. MYTH. The WC will fix my paper and make it perfect. FACT. The role of any credible WC is not to whip out proofreading glasses and editing pens and correct every single mistake in a paper, but to help you, the student, sharpen your writing and thinking skills, and produce sound writing independently.