Information for Faculty
The Write Place offers one-on one tutoring in writing to all members of the St. Cloud State University community. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff from all disciplines may consult with writing center consultants on any piece of writing at any stage in the writing process. Students, in particular, work with writing center consultants on interpreting assignments, brainstorming, planning and organizing research, getting started, developing ideas, organization and logical progression, revising, and editing. Faculty may consult with the Director of the Write Place on developing writing assignments, responding to student writing, and assessment as well as on their own writing projects. Faculty may also arrange for in-class presentations about the Write Place and for writing workshops for their students. Staff may use the services of the Write Place either for the development of University writing projects (i.e., brochures, newsletters, or other publications) or for personal writing projects (creative work, cover letters, scholarship, etc.).
consultants in the Write Place are undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines who have enrolled in and successfully completed a course in writing center theory and practice. They attend weekly staff development meetings and are required to produce research and scholarship in the teaching and tutoring of writing. Many of our consultants attend and present at regional and national conferences.
Writers using the Write Place are encouraged to schedule appointments ahead of time rather than dropping in (although occasionally drop-in appointments are available), especially during midterm and final exam periods when our schedule fills quickly. Additionally, writers are encouraged to visit the Write Place early in the drafting process. This enables the possibility of revision based on a tutorial and a return visit before the due date of an assignment.
The Write Place holds several core principles which guide our practices.
- We respect the intellectual and experiential knowledge that students bring to the writing consultation support their writing progress and academic success.
- We believe that multiple literacies exist and must must be recognized in our tutoring and in the variety of programs which we sponsor (writers' groups, conversation circles for English Language Learners, and workshops).
- We believe that all of us best learn to write effectively in a collaborative and supportive environment that is committed to individual growth and individual authorship.
Write Place Tours for classes of under 30
In the first three to four weeks of each semester, we invite faculty to make an appointments to bring their classes into the Write Place main location (51 Building, Room 117) for an informational overview. These on-premise tours take 15 to 30 minutes and consist of a brief history of the center and information about consultant backgrounds, our tutoring approach, and the services that we provide. We also distribute bookmarks containing our website address, phone number, and business hours. These tours are the best way to encourage students to visit the writing center.
In-class Overviews of Write Place Services for classes of 30 or more
In-class presentations normally take about 10-20 minutes. We will bring bookmarks with our contact information and, if requested, handouts on specific writing issues.
Information specific to English 190 and 191 students
The Write Place cannot replace the teaching of writing in the classroom context. Rather our work supplements and supports classroom instruction. The Write Place works not only with students for whom the process of writing is a struggle, but also with students who already conceive of themselves as writers. Writers who are striving for excellence in writing whatever their degree of competence, experience, and confidence should, we believe, be encouraged to use the services of the Write Place. Consultants in the Write Place provide an early audience for student-writers. By asking the kinds of questions we know writers need to learn to ask themselves, we model the writing process as well as alerting writers to possible gaps, inconsistencies, areas of confusion in a particular piece of writing. Our questions also signal those points where ideas, language, and style are working effectively and convincingly.
The Write Place takes a process-based, holistic approach to tutoring in writing. The nature of our questions and responses to student writing varies depending on where students are in the drafting process. When students come to us with early drafts, our focus will be on brainstorming, developing order and logic, enriching arguments with research and with counter-arguments. In later drafts we are more likely to focus on incorporating quotations, citation styles, word choice and clarity, and issues of editing. Our approach is student and context-specific and can vary dramatically depending on individual student need. In the Write Place we often refer to and discuss student ownership of student work. Consultants do not do the work of writing or of editing for students. Rather, we are an alternative learning site and seek to encourage student independence and assist in the writer's progress.
Students interested in using the services of the Write Place can do so in a number of ways. They can make appointments on an as-needed basis. Students wishing for a more regular support and encouragement can arrange for a weekly session with a particular consultant.