University Writing Center

University Writing Center

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center (BUWC) enjoys easing the writing process for all students of every major. We are a free resource that offers support for undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of the writing process. We are a diverse staff of Writing Consultants who represent a variety of majors and share the common goal of working with you to develop your skills and help you grow as a writer. You set the agenda for the appointment - whether you're concerned about getting started, or about clarity, grammar, organization, citations or any other aspect of writing or the English language. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome – we look forward to working with you!

Online Writing Center during Winter Term

The BUWC will offer online consulting through Blackboard Collaborate, through which you will be able to speak and share your text with a Writing Consultant. To arrange for an online session, send an appointment request to BUWC@bloomu.edu from your huskies email address at least 24 hours in advance.
Each morning we will review email, and you should receive confirmation of your online appointment before noon.

At the time of the appointment, please log into your huskies email account. You should receive a link to an online room. Though there is no software to download, you will have to follow steps to ensure your computer’s compatibility and readiness. You will also be asked to provide your student number and other information, as you would in a face-to-face session in the BUWC.
We are available most Sundays-Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

You can drop in during the above hours or request an appointment through e-mail buwc@bloomu.edu


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.