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 session online at http://uwconline.iupui.edu, by stopping by one of our locations or by calling us at 317-274-2049.
- The University Library location (UL 2125) is now open for summer. (The Cavanaugh location is closed for the summer.) Please see our Locations/Hours page for hours.
- 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. Online sessions are available by appointment. See the Zonline page for more information.
What to Expect:
At the University Writing Center, we focus on making better writers, not just better writing. This means we will talk to you not only about ways to improve your current piece of writing but also how to apply concepts to your future writing projects.
Everyone’s writing process is different, and we want to learn about yours and your relationship with writing and talk about ways for you to improve that process. What’s working for you, and what’s holding you back? Talking about what restrains or inspires you as a writer can be key to growth.
Writers of all types can benefit greatly from sharing ideas with one another. We strongly believe that writing should be seen as a collaborative process, so we emphasize discussion in our consultations.About Making, Rescheduling, and Canceling an Appointment
- To make an appointment to meet in The Writing Center or online, go to our home page, http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/uwc/, and click on the link to our scheduling system, http://uwconline.iupui.edu. Your IUPUI username and passcode should work with our system.
- 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.
About Preparing for a Consultation
- Standard sessions last 45 minutes.
- You don’t have to have a final draft to meet with a University Writing Center consultant.Far from it: we love to brainstorm and discuss rough drafts and outlines if you don’t know where to start.
- 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.
- Think a bit about your strengths and limitations as a writer.How do you feel about writing?What specific concerns do you have about the piece of writing you want to discuss?Maybe you feel your thesis is weak, or you’re not sure about your organization, or you don’t know if you explained your ideas enough.
- Keep in mind that we focus more on higher order concerns, like idea development, source integration, and organization. We can also provide support with later order concerns, like grammar and punctuation, but we won’t copy edit your work. Instead, we can point out patterns of error and discuss specific rules to help you avoid those errors in the future.
About the Agenda of the Session
- The consultant will usually spend a few minutes asking you about your purpose, audience, writing process, strengths, and limitations.
- You can either read your paper aloud for the consultant or have the consultant read aloud for you.
- We want you to have ownership over your paper. Since the consultant won’t 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, work with the consultant to write the Client Report Form that you can ask be sent to your instructor to show you visited the University Writing Center. Additionally, we’ll ask you to complete a very brief (just a couple minutes) survey about your experience at the University Writing Center so we can continue to improve our consultations.
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/.
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.