Writing Center Mission Statement
The Writing Center promotes literacy at America’s oldest Historically Black Institution of Higher Learning by providing support for student writing across all classes and disciplines. Writing assistants offer one-on-one consultations at all stages of the writing process from focusing topics through drafting, revising, and editing. The Writing Center at Cheyney University provides a friendly, quiet environment for reading, writing, and collaboration.
Students are welcome to schedule an appointment or to bring papers to the Writing Center on a walk-in basis during hours of operation. Writing assistants offer guidance and feedback, but students remain responsible for their own writing. Students can build their confidence and improve their writing skills at all levels by visiting the Writing Center often and getting feedback on all of their drafts.
How to get the most out of your visit to the Writing Center:
· Bring copies of your assignment, rubric or syllabus, and any texts relevant to the assignment along with your outline, notes, or draft.
· Plan to spend 30 to 45 minutes in consultation and to be an active participant. The writing assistant needs to know your understanding of the assignment and your purpose in order to provide meaningful feedback.
· If possible, bring a typed draft. You or your assistant will be reading the draft aloud, and that is easier to do if you have a typed draft.
· Allow time to revise and edit your paper after your visit. Don’t bring a paper to the Writing Center 30 minutes before it is due and expect to make significant improvements.
· Don’t expect to drop off your paper or have writing assistants proofread your paper. They are trained to work with you from the perspective of critical readers and to provide feedback that will help you produce your best work.
· Come to the Writing Center when you first get a writing assignment to brainstorm about
· your topic and come back with drafts and revisions. Consulting with a writing assistant throughout the process of writing a paper will help you improve skills at all levels.
· You are welcome to drop in with papers when the Writing Center is open, but you can schedule an appointment if you don’t want to wait or if you want to keep working with the same writing assistant on the same assignment.
· Come to the Writing Center when you just want to read or write in a quiet, learning-focused space. Writing assistants will be there to answer questions or listen to your ideas as you work.
For more information, contact:
Professor Linda Taylor