Welcome to the Writing Center!
The University Writing Center (UWC) is a service available to all IUPUI students, both graduate and undergraduate. Students can work one-on-one with experienced readers and writers to improve their writing process and receive constructive feedback on their assignments.
Students can schedule a 45-minute face-to-face session at http://uwconline.iupui.edu, by stopping by one of our locations or by calling us at 317-274-2049.
- The Cavanaugh location of the University Writing Center is now open for Spring Semester, and consultants are taking walk-ins this week. The library location will open on January 17th. To schedule a session: http://uwconline.iupui.edu. For our Spring Semester business hours, please see the Locations/Hours page.
- Both locations will be closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 16th.
- Students may have one appointment per day, 3 appointments per week. This applies across locations. A student cannot have a session in the library in the morning and another session in Cavanaugh in the afternoon. We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled sessions that exceed these limits.
- Institutional agreements prohibit us from working with students on assignments for classes at other universities. Even if you are a registered IUPUI student, you will need to use Ivy Tech resources if you are working on writing for an Ivy Tech class.
To better serve the IUPUI community, the UWC offers two convenient locations: Cavanaugh 427 and University Library 2125. Both centers are staffed with the same experienced faculty and student consultants. University Writing Center hours vary from semester to semester.
What to Expect
For more information about the University Writing Center, please watch our overview video or read the text version here:
The IUPUI University Writing Center is a free resource available to all student writers on campus who want to improve their writing. Students can work one-to-one with an experienced reader who can provide feedback on your process. Our consultants are trained students and faculty who enjoy reading, writing and talking to others about their writing. In addition to the one-on-one sessions with student writers, we often conduct workshops and participate in campus events to promote engagement and the Writing Center community.
Writers can come in at any point during their writing process. If you have just received an assignment and you’re not sure how to get started, we can talk to you about your ideas and help you brainstorm a list of points to cover or even put together a tentative outline. If you have a draft, we can read through it and give you feedback. If you’re at the end of the process, ready to submit your work for publication or a final grade, we can help you with later order concerns, like grammar and punctuation, but we will not copyedit your work. Instead, we can point out patterns of error and discuss specific rules to help you avoid those errors in the future.
We encourage students to come in early in their process, so we can give you the most bang for your buck. If you come to us just before you plan to submit the paper, yes, we can help you identify your fragments and comma splices, but we may also see much bigger issues that you no longer have time to work on. Maybe you have not effectively supported your thesis or you have made assumptions that your reader won’t necessarily follow - those types of issues will have a far more significant impact on the quality of your work.
So what does a writing center session look like? A typical session lasts 45 minutes. Bring the assignment description or any materials relevant to your project. Also, print out your materials or have them ready to access on the computer by the beginning of the session.
The consultant will usually spend a few minutes asking you about your purpose, audience, writing process, strengths, and concerns you may have about your writing.
If you have a draft, bring it in. We always read drafts aloud. Your consultant will ask if you would like to read or if you’d like to follow along while they read, so you can hear how it sounds to someone who has never seen it before. A fresh pair of eyes on your work can help you see things you didn’t see in your own work.
We want you to have ownership over your paper, and our consultants will not write on your paper. It’s best to take notes on your draft or on a separate piece of paper as you discuss your writing with the consultant. Let the consultant know if you’d like them to take notes, since it might be easier for them to capture your ideas when you’re talking.
At the end of the session, your consultant will ask if you need evidence of your visit for your instructor and can provide you with a self-assessment form. Additionally, we’ll ask you to complete a very brief survey about your experience at the University Writing Center so we can continue to improve our consultations.
We have two locations on campus - the fourth floor of Cavanaugh Hall and the second floor of University Library. Both locations offer the same services, resources and consultants. Sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes and start on the hour. We recommend that students schedule in advance, especially during midterms and finals. Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. To make an appointment, go to our scheduling system at: http://uwconline.iupui.edu/.
If you are more than ten minutes late, you will have to reschedule. If you think you’re going to be late, please call us 317-274-2049 and we may be able to wait for you. Keep in mind that being late will reduce the total time available for your consultation.
If you need to cancel your appointment, you can do this through our online schedule. Just click on the appointment you made and choose "Cancel Appointment" at the bottom. Please cancel if you cannot make it so another student can have a consultation. Repeated no-shows may result in a suspension of your account.
Because we are a small unit that serves all students on campus, we have to limit the number of sessions each student may have. Students can have one writing center session per day, three per week. This limit extends across both locations.
At the University Writing Center, we focus on making better writers, not just better writing. We know that writers of all types can benefit greatly from sharing ideas with one another. So come see us soon. We look forward to talking to you!
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the University Writing Center is to collaborate with both experienced and inexperienced writers, to serve as practice audiences, and to help students develop strategies for improving their writing process. Our consultants will help our fellow writers build confidence as they work to achieve their educational goals in a positive, intellectually-stimulating environment.
The UWC is provided through the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, the English Department, and the Writing Program with support provided by University College and University Library. For more information about our services, please see our promotional video, call 317-274-2049, visit us on Facebook or check out our blog: http://uwcblog.iupui.edu/.