Resource Spotlight: University Writing Center

With the end of the winter semester still fresh, the not-so-confident feeling of turning in a paper and anxiously awaiting your grade is probably easy to recall. Without a little help proofreading, or even just a second opinion, submitting a paper can be pretty scary. Luckily, Eastern has you covered! Unless you’ve never taken a campus tour (or an EMU writing class), you’ve probably at least heard of the University Writing Center. But did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Halle Library to get writing help?

The UWC has a satellite location in most of the main class buildings, including The College of Business. The following are all of the locations of the UWC satellites:

  • Halle Library (The University Writing Center and Academic Projects Center)
  • Pray Harrold Hall
  • The College of Business
  • Marshall
  • Sill Hall
  • Roosevelt Hall
  • Mark Jefferson Science Complex

For more information on locations and fall semester hours, visit the UWC website.

Another fun fact about the UWC is that you can get help on more than just research papers and response essays. Every type of major calls for some type of writing, so the UWC has consultants to help will all sorts of papers including technological reports, science lab analyses, poems and short stories, and presentation outlines. The UWC even offers help with resumes and cover letters.

Guess what else?

You don’t even need to have a completed rough draft to stop by! The UWC appreciates that sometimes acting as a backboard to bounce ideas off of can be the most helpful service it can offer. So, if you have an assignment but have no clue where to start, just come and talk it through with a consultant.

Going to the UWC seems pretty easy, right? Then why hasn’t everyone gone? For a lot of people, the answer is a lack of one of two things: time or confidence. Many people get so bogged down in work and life that they feel like they just don’t have the time. The nice thing about the UWC is that consultations are only a half an hour long, and you can either make an appointment or pop in unannounced. And if you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, you can stop in for 10. There’s no obligation to stay for any amount of time, especially if you already have specific concerns for a consultant to pay attention to.

A lot of people also have concerns that their writing just isn’t good enough, and I certainly know how awkward it can be having someone silently reading your paper right next to you. That lift of the reader’s eyebrows could mean that they really like what you have to say, but the writer usually assumes the opposite.

First, at the UWC, you can either read your paper aloud or ask your consultant to do it for you. There’s no waiting around for the final verdict! Second, if you think you’re a terrible writer, the consultants don’t care. More often than not, someone who thinks their writing sucks is usually pretty good at it, but if not, the consultants are not there to judge – not while you’re there and not once you’ve left. We’re there to help you grow as a writer, and we sure remember what our writing looked like before we got help.

So, when fall semester rolls around, feel comfortable stopping in at one of the UWC satellites at your convenience. It’ll be a worthwhile experience and will likely raise the grade on your assignment. Just remember that our interest as consultants is helping you grow as a writer and making college just a little bit easier for you.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

About the Writer

Reilly McGovern is a current EMU senior studying Creative Writing and Marketing. She works at the University Writing Center during the fall and winter semesters and works on her novels over the summer.