The Writing Center is a place where students can get help with academic and creative writing. Writing Center consultants are careful readers and listeners. As such, they will not edit papers, but will instead offer strategies for revision and help identify errors. They help with any type of writing at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, revising, and polishing.

Announcements

Writing Center Appointment Policy Change:

In recent semesters, the CWI Writing Center has experienced tremendous growth in the number of students we serve. Due to this increase, it has become necessary to implement a new policy for missed appointments:

• Students missing three appointments in a semester will be blocked from using the online scheduler and cannot make an appointment for the remainder of the semester.
• If a student is more than ten minutes late for an appointment, it will be considered missed.
• Students who have been blocked will still be able to use the CWI Writing Center Email Service and/or stop by any of the writing center labs to try to get drop-in help. However, drop in times cannot be guaranteed as students with appointments will always be the priority.

We understand that situations may arise that will prohibit a student from keeping their appointment. In these instances, we ask that the student access the online scheduler and cancel their appointment. Appointments can be cancelled up to the scheduled time without repercussion.

Hours

CWI Online Campus

Hours Available for Appointments:

Monday & Friday: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Ada County Center (ADAC)

Pintail Center at Black Eagle Business Park, Room 1304

Hours Available for Appointments:

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hours Available for Walk-In Help: When there is an open appointment.

Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB)

5500 E. Opportunity Drive, Room 209

Hours Available for Appointments:

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Hours Available for Walk-In Help: When there is an open appointment

Canyon County Center (CYNC)

2407 Caldwell Blvd, Room 117

By special arrangement only. Email writing@cwidaho.cc

Micron PTE Building (NMPT)

5725 E. Franklin Road, room 2110

By special arrangement only. Email writing@cwidaho.cc

Email Consultations

Email Consultations

Email consultations are a great way to get feedback from a Writing Center consultant when you’re too busy or unable to come to campus.

How to use email consultations:

  • E-mail your assignment or essay to writing@cwidaho.cc
  • It must be submitted as an attachment in one of the following file formats: doc, docx, rtf, odt.
  • You will receive a response with comments and suggestions.
  • You may expect a response within 48 hours, NOT including weekends and holidays.

Things to include when using email consultations:

  • Your comments: what do you need help with?
  • Assignment requirements: what must be included in the paper? (attach to the email or paste into the body of your email).
  • Specific formatting instructions: are you using MLA, APA, or something else?
  • When is the assignment due?
  • Peer review or teacher comments: what feedback have you received already on your paper?

Things to note when using email consultations:

  • We will not edit your papers. We will help you find areas in your paper for improvement or enhancement.
  • We will only have time to focus on one or two aspects of your paper.
  • If you need a more in-depth review, or significant grammar help, make a face-to-face appointment with a consultant at one of our Writing Center sites.
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to revise—the comments you will receive are only suggestions, so you must decide how to best use the advice.
  • Later, consider sending in a revised draft for more comments.

Workshops

No reservation is required: just show up and participate!

Writing Workshops:

CRITICAL READING STRATEGIES

• Main Nampa Campus: Tues. Feb 4th from 10-11 a.m. in NCAB 201
• Ada Campus: Thurs. March 13th from 6 - 7 p.m. in ADAC 1207

APA

• Main Nampa Campus: Tues. Feb 11th from 10-11 a.m. in NCAB 201
• Ada Campus: Thurs. March 20th from 6 - 7 p.m. in ADAC 1207

FRAGMENTS & RUN-ONS

• Main Nampa Campus: Tues. Feb 18th from 10-11 a.m. in NCAB 201
• Ada Campus: Thurs. April 3rd from 6 - 7 p.m. in ADAC 1207

MLA

• Main Nampa Campus: Tues. Feb 25th from 10-11 a.m. in NCAB 201
• Ada Campus: Thurs. April 10th from 6 - 7 p.m. in ADAC 1207

THESIS STATEMENTS

• Main Nampa Campus: Tues. March 4th from 10-11 a.m. in NCAB 201
• Ada Campus: Thurs. April 17th from 6 - 7 p.m. in ADAC 1207

Spanish Workshops:

VERB CONJUGATIONS

• Ada County Campus: Wed. Feb 12th from 6-8 pm in room ADAC 1304
• Main Nampa Campus: Fri. Feb 14th from 3-5 pm in room NCAB 301

SER AND ESTAR WITH ADJECTIVE AGREEMENT

• Ada County Campus: Wed. March 12th from 6-8 pm in room ADAC 1304
• Main Nampa Campus: Fri. March 14th from 3-5 pm in room NCAB 301

REFLEXIVE VERBS AND DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS

• Ada County Campus: Wed. April 16th from 6-8 pm in room ADAC 1304
• Main Nampa Campus: Fri. April 18th from 3-5 pm in room NCAB 301

About Us

Writing Center services include:

  • In-person: students work one-on-one with a writing consultant.
  • Online consultations: students work one-on-one with a writing consultant via our online scheduling platform.
  • Email consultations: students send in a paper via email and receive suggestions for revision.

Where is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is located on five campuses: Ada in room 1304, Nampa in room 206, the Micron PTE Center in room 2110, Canyon County Center in room 117, and through the CWI online campus.

How do I get an appointment at the Writing Center?

There are two ways:

You can walk in during our regular hours and a consultant will help you if she is available. It’s best to walk in on the hour or half hour (for example, 1pm, 2pm, or 2:30pm).

You can make an appointment by logging on to our online scheduling system at www.cwidaho.cc/writingcenter. First-time users need to register and create a password. Appointments begin on the hour and/or on the half hour (EX: 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, etc).

When does the Writing Center open for the semester?

For spring and fall semesters:

All services open the second week of classes. All Writing Center activities end each semester on the Wednesday of finals week.

For summer semesters:

All services open the first day of classes. All services end on the last day of classes.

Will you proofread my paper?

No. However, our consultants will help you find patterns of error and work with you on how you can learn to fix those errors yourself.

Can you tell my professor that I came to the Writing Center?

Yes. Ask for a receipt. We will be happy to fill out a form for you to take to your professor. For email submissions, the response you get back from your email consultation can also serve as a report for your professor.

Who can use the Writing Center?

All currently enrolled students of CWI can use the Writing Center services. This includes dual enrollment students like High School/CWI and even BSU/CWI students.

How many pages of writing can a consultant go through at a session?

To get a thorough review, plan on going through about 7 pages an hour.

What should I bring to my session?

The most important thing to bring to your session is an openness to work on your writing! Other things that help make a session successful are: The assignment sheet, any class notes or course texts that pertain to the assignment, and any written work you have done so far.

I don’t have anything written yet; can I still come to the Writing Center?

Yes! While a draft is helpful, it is not necessary for a session. You are welcome to use your session to brainstorm ideas to help get you started.

Is there a limit to how often I can have a session?

YES! Our policy is one hour per student per day. This is because it is important to have the time to work on your paper between visits and to ensure that consultant hours are disbursed equitably among users of the Writing Center.

How far in advance do I need to cancel an appointment?

You should log on to the scheduler and cancel as soon as you know you cannot make your appointment. Appointments MUST be canceled at least one hour before the appointment is due to begin.

What if I’m late to my appointment?

If you are 10 minutes late and the center is busy, the writing consultant will take walk-ins. You will then have to make a new appointment or wait for someone to cancel. If there is no one waiting, you can work with the consultant for the remaining time of your original appointment.

Can the consultant read the paper on my laptop, phone, or iPad?

Yes, but consider this: Sometimes a paper copy gives you something to make notes on. It also helps you to see the paper in a new way.

Can the Writing Center help with writing for non-English courses?

Yes! Our consultants are experienced readers and writers. They can work with a variety of writing from all across the disciplines as well as creative writing. This also includes personal statements for graduate or professional schools, applications for internships, and scholarships. We can also help with reports or writing from your workplace.

What if I have a question or concern that is not addressed here?

Email us at writing@cwidaho.cc, or you can contact the Writing Center Coordinator, Rick Coonrod, at rickcoonrod@cwidaho.cc.

 

Need more info?

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Phone: 208.562.2516