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. 

Locations

The Writing Center offers appointments at these locations:

Locations located at every campus location:

CWI Online Campus (Meet online)

Ada County Center (APIN)
Pintail Center at Black Eagle Business Park
Room 1304

Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB)
5500 E. Opportunity Drive
Room 209

Canyon County Center (CYNC)
2407 Caldwell Blvd
Room 117

Micron PTE Building (NMPT)
5725 E. Franklin Road
Room 2110
By special arrangement only. Email [email protected]

When the Writing Center opens 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.

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.

*The Writing Center can get quite busy. We always recommend making an appointment to guarantee that we can help you.*

Setting an appointment at the Writing Center:

There are two ways:

  • Make an appointment by logging on to our online scheduling system. 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).
  • Our online scheduler lets you choose which campus you would like an appointment at. Make sure to double check that it is set to your preferred location.
  • Walk in during our regular hours and a consultant will help you if they are available. It’s best to walk in on the hour or half hour (for example, 1pm, 2pm, or 2:30pm).

Appointment No-Show Policy:

  • 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 or send an email alerting us to their situation. Appointments can be canceled up to the scheduled time without repercussion.

People 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.

Help with writing for non-English courses:
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.

Proofreading:
We do not proofread for you. However, our consultants will help you find patterns of error and work with you on how you can learn to fix those errors yourself.

What to bring to a 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.

Number of pages we can go through in a session:
To get a thorough review, plan on going through about 7 pages an hour.

If you don’t have anything written yet:
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.

Reading a paper on a laptop, phone, or tablet:
We can read in any medium, but consider this: A paper copy gives you something to make notes on. It also helps you to see the paper in a new way and get a sense of how your reader will see it.

Limits to how often you can have a session:
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.

Cancelling appointments in advance:
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. If you miss three appointments in a semester, you will be blocked form using the online scheduler to make appointments. Students who have been blocked can still use the email service.

Instructor notifications:
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.

Questions or concerns that are not addressed here:
Email us at [email protected]

Online Services

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:

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 an in-person 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. Since this is your paper, you must decide how to best use the advice.
  • Later, consider sending in a revised draft for more comments.

Online, Real-Time Consultations

Students work one-on-one with a writing consultant via our online platform.

How online consultations work:

  • Make an appointment for the online campus via our online scheduler (big yellow button above).
  • At the time of your appointment, log back in to the appointment scheduler and launch the online consultation module via the link in the appointment block.
    • The platform has built-in video conferencing and chat capabilities.
    • You can upload a paper to the platform’s editor. Both you and the consultant can see and mark up the paper at the same time.

Things to note about Real-time Online consultations:

  • You must have a basic understanding of how internet functions operate. This includes working in multiple windows, uploading/ downloading, and communicating via chat.
  • These consultations are always 1 hour appointments to allow for time to trouble shoot technology.
  • Everything that can be done in a traditional appointment can be done via this platform.
  • Some things, like instant access to helpful website url’s, are easier via this platform.

Handouts

Handouts

These handouts are provided for YOU, the student, to help with quick questions that might not require a thirty-minute in-person appointment or email consultation. These handouts are helpful as is, but our tutors would love to help you understand any vocabulary or concepts that are giving you trouble in an appointment or email consultation. So read 'em yourself or bring 'em in, these handouts are here to help you!  

For more in-depth questions or writing concerns, please make an appointment with a consultant or email your paper for an online consultation. 

Citations and Formatting Organization Grammar Other
APA References Page Thesis Statements Explained Active vs Passive Voice Argument Essays
APA Web and Social Media Citations Paragraph Structure and Unity Coordinating Conjunctions The Writing Process
APA In-text Citations Standard Paper Organization Commonly Misused Words Strategies for Essay Tests
APA Quick Formatting Guide The Quote Sandwich When to Use Commas  
APA Source Integration      
APA Example Paper      
APA Running Head Formatting      
MLA Quick Formatting Guide      
MLA Source Integration      
MLA In-text Citations      

For Faculty

What the Writing Center Does

Our main goal is to help students build transferable writing skills they can use in any writing situation.

  • We engage students in a conversation about their papers. Our consultants are experienced in asking questions that can prompt more thinking about a paper or about a particular matter of style.

  • We do not edit papers. What we do is talk with writers about patterns of error and help them find the tools they need to fix their own errors.

  • In short, we consult with writers. We aim to prompt their thinking and to help guide them into knowing how to understand and meet the criteria of a given assignment.

You benefit by having students who write more thoughtful and well-constructed papers.

How to Make the Writing Center a Part of Your Class

Classroom Visits

If you would like your class to utilize the services of the Writing Center, we suggest hosting a classroom presentation. One of our consultants or the Coordinator will visit your class and give a short presentation about the Writing Center. Your students are more likely to visit the Writing Center after seeing one of our presentations and being introduced to our services. Alternatively, show our intro videos to your class—they are available on this site in the sidebar.

To arrange a visit please email us at [email protected].

At-Risk Student Referrals

We have a lot of experience working with at-risk students, but they might need an extra push to get them to work with a writing consultant. When recommending that an at-risk student use our services, it’s best to emphasize what the student does well in addition to what help they may need. This tells the student that they are not totally lost, and that there is hope. At-risk students should also be encouraged to meet with the Writing Center coordinator to discuss writing issues. This allows the Writing Center coordinator to place the student with the tutor who can best fit that student’s needs. Instructors are always encouraged to join that meeting.

Required Visits

Because the centers get heavily used and we have limited resources, we ask that you do not require your students to visit the Writing Center. We simply cannot accommodate every student at CWI in a semester. Instead, consider offering extra credit as an incentive.

With that being said, we are happy to make special arrangements if you feel it necessary to require visits. We can work with you to find ways to accommodate your classes. Email [email protected] for more information.

Link to Us

Please include our website address and resources on your assignment sheet and in your Blackboard materials. Students can schedule an appointment online. 

Check Your Assignments for Clarity

Our consultants can also serve as a resource for you, especially if you’re drafting a writing assignment. If you’re curious about how students will respond to it, stop by and have a real student read it. Our consultants are experts in reading and responding to college assignments.

Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

On the web: www.cwidaho.cc/writingcenter