University Writing Center
***UWC Updates due to COVID-19***
The UWC is OPEN and FULLY FUNCTIONING! However, we are only offering ONLINE consultations.
We offer two options for online consultations:
- Real-time online consultations (synchronous/video chat)
- eTutoring (delivery of written feedback; asynchronous; response within 48 business hours).
Please click the "Online Consultations" link on the left for more information about these options. Click the yellow button above to schedule an online appointment.
Students: If you have problems logging in to your online consultation or other questions about your consultation, please email your consultant directly. Their email addresses are provided here. For all other questions, please email us at email@example.com
Spring 2020 Online Hours:
- Mon-Thu: 9:00am-7:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Welcome to the University Writing Center at Baylor University!
The mission of the University Writing Center (UWC) is to help all members of the Baylor University community, whether student, faculty, or staff, from any discipline, to improve as writers: not just to improve the product, but to train the person to be an effective, confident, and ethical communicator.
The UWC operates on the following assumptions:
- We believe that writing is an indispensable part of the intellectual life of the university, both as a means of communication and as a tool for learning.
- We believe that learning to write is a lifelong process and that all writers—no matter their skill level or academic, linguistic, and cultural background—benefit from discussing and collaborating on their work with thoughtful readers.
- We believe that writing and learning are social processes, and that all of us are learners and teachers.
- We believe that writing is a process of revision.
- We believe that the individual writer’s talents, voice, and goals should be central to all writing instruction.
Our consultants therefore collaborate with writers in supportive, nonjudgmental, and encouraging ways to facilitate self-discovery and inspire confidence. They serve as genuine readers and peer collaborators rather than experts standing in judgment. Our consultants receive intensive training on writing-related aspects, including the writing process, writing across the disciplines, writing genres, online tutoring, and multilingual tutoring. Ultimately, the UWC is a place for dialogue and conversation, for generative collaboration that brings writers and tutors into conversations that can, and often do, change both them and their writing.
The UWC seeks to implement this mission through one-to-one writing consultations—both in-person and online—that are designed to help writers with writing projects at all stages of the composition process. Our work includes help with the following:
- understanding assignment guidelines
- generating ideas (e.g., brainstorming, invention)
- content development
- research strategies and source selection and evaluation
- revision strategies
- citation and documentation
- sentence structure and technical errors
- page design
- feedback on all kinds of print-based writing, including research papers, grant proposals, conference papers, book reviews, scientific reports, theses and dissertations, and application materials (personal statements, resumés, and cover letters), to name a few
- feedback on digital, visual, and multimodal compositions, including audio and video essays, posters, brochures, flyers, and websites
The UWC also endeavors to support and supplement the instruction of writing at Baylor and to encourage the practice and appreciation of good writing and thinking on the BU campus. As such, we design class presentations and conduct workshops on a variety of writing topics to meet specific needs of BU students, faculty, and individual courses.
Social Justice and Antiracism Statement
The University Writing Center is dedicated to being a safe, inclusive, and antiracist environment. We value, embrace, and are mindful of the variety of differences writers bring to consultations. We understand that these diverse backgrounds affect writer's preparation and encounters with writing and that they also impact how writers learn. Since these experiences often reflect deeply-rooted social inequities, the staff in the UWC seeks to consistently and intentionally develop everyday practices that advocate for equity and social justice.
The UWC endeavors to provide an inclusive, respectful, and socially just environment for all members of the Baylor community. We work to make the UWC a welcoming place where writers feel comfortable bringing their diverse range of perspectives, backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. We acknowledge the material reality of race and the reality of racism, and we work actively to interrogate our own biases. We are committed to accommodating writers of diverse learning styles (visual, verbal, aural, kinesthetic) and abilities (i.e., physical, cognitive, neurological, visual, and social). We actively advocate for language usage that is mindful of differences, and we encourage inclusive language in our practices and in writing. We listen to the content of writers’ ideas and language usage prior to suggesting corrections to style, grammar, and formatting. In our response to writers, we emphasize higher-order concerns and actively resist the notion that one’s facility with grammar is a measure of intelligence. We view the writer as the expert and conduct ourselves as learners alongside writers. We do not grade or evaluate the writing we see, and we do not communicate what happens in a consultation to students’ instructors without the permission of the student. We recognize microaggressions and use these instances as opportunities for personal growth and professional development of the UWC staff.
Ultimately, we are committed to antiracist practices in our conversations, methods, policies, and everyday practices, and we strive to meet both the educational and cultural needs of all of our students, in hopes of combatting systems of privilege and advantage.