University Writing Center
The Bloomsburg University Writing Center (BUWC) offers free support for graduate and undergraduate writers at any point in the writing process. Take the draft of the paper you are working on (or the writing assignment, if you have not started a draft). They will not write any part of your paper, but they can help you get started and then keep going; they can read what you have written and ask questions to help you think about what your readers might need; they can work with you on grammar, mechanics, or format; and they can help you develop strategies for proofreading and editing.
BUWC will open on May 27th and remain open through August 8th. Summer hours will be Monday - Thursday, 2-7 pm. Because of limited staff, appointments are strongly encouraged. Request an Appointment.
Work with us ONLINE!
BUWC consultants are available to conduct sessions online. Commuting students or any student who wants to work with a consultant but cannot get to one of our locations will be able to reach us online through a link we will provide. Students will be able to see and speak with consultants and share their documents, usually without having to download any new software.
We will be offering workshops and individual tutorials for students who are interested in working with us online but are unfamiliar with Wimba.
Who uses the writing center?
Though we work effectively with inexperienced writers, we also work effectively with upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from many disciplines. Students who use us are those who care about their writing and care about developing their abilities as writers. Writing is a process and good writers recognize the benefits of working on a draft with an audience.
What happens during a tutoring session?
You control what happens during your tutoring session. We can work together to address issues related to organization, thesis, confusion about an assignment, how to get started with the paper, MLA/APA/Chicago format, or problems with mechanics. Typically (but not always) we have writers read papers out loud to help them catch their own problems and errors. We are confident that your paper will generally improve as a result of the session, but what we're most excited about is helping you to develop as a writer with each visit.
What does NOT happen during a tutoring session?
You can't drop off your paper and have us fix it. We help you work to improve your draft. We're happy to work with you, and we're happy to talk about mechanics or what you don't understand, but you are responsible for catching simple editing mistakes. We don't talk to your faculty or anyone about the sessions. We are a great audience and enjoy discussing your paper or anything writing-related with you. We don't judge what you've written or your abilities. Wherever you are as a writer, we want to help you to become a stronger writer overall.