Who are the writing consultants at the UWC?
We are a diverse staff of undergraduate and graduate consultants from a variety of disciplines, majors, and backgrounds. Our graduate consultants are M.A. and Ph.D. students in English; our undergraduate consultants come from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and business, including professional writing and rhetoric, English, history, religion, film and digital media, psychology, accounting, economics, biology, health sciences, communication sciences and disorders, theater, and philosophy. They are frequently members of University Scholars, Business Fellows, BIC (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core), or Great Texts. Each of our consultants receive extensive and ongoing training to not only help writers with their immediate writing needs, but also to train students in the skills of good writing and thinking that will enable them to succeed in future writing projects. They also receive training in interpersonal communication, accessibility and accommodation, difference, cultural diversity, and equity.
Our goal is to help writers become better readers and reviewers of their own work. To this end, the UWC offers 50-minute one-on-one consultation sessions to anyone in the Baylor community who wants a reader for their writing. We consult with undergraduate and graduate students—both in person and online—as well as faculty and staff who want feedback on their writing. We offer help to writers at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to final draft, on writing matters like idea generation, research and data collection, thesis statements, drafting, organization, revision, and grammar.
How do I make appointments?
You can schedule an appointment online (baylor.edu/UWC), over the phone (254-710-4849), or in person. Clients are allowed one consultation per day, and two consultations per week.
What genres of writing do you offer help with?
We offer help on almost all genres of writing, from print-based texts to digital, visual, and multimodal compositions. Some of the most common texts we receive are research papers, essays, reports, resumes, personal statements, application esays, book reviews, and theses/dissertations. We also can help with audio and video essays, digital stories, posters, brochures, flyers, and websites. For faculty, we offer help with scholarly articles, book projects, and assignment design.
Do I need to be an English major to go to the University Writing Center?
No. Students of all majors and disciplines are welcome and encouraged to visit. All writers need readers, and we are here to help you with all of your writing projects--no matter your discipline or background.
How much does it cost to use the University Writing Center?
Nothing! The UWC's services are free to students, faculty, and staff.
What should I bring with me to a session?
It is helpful to bring a draft of the paper or text (if written), any notes you have, and a copy of the assignment prompt (if applicable). Bringing these materials helps the consultants understand the audience and purpose for your writing and provides us with more background for responding to your work.
Do I need to schedule a session in advance?
We recommend that you set up a session in advance in order to guarantee an appointment. However, we also accept walk-in clients: you can drop by anytime, and if we have a consultant available, they will meet with you right away. Please note that during busy times, these walk-up appointments are harder to secure and not guaranteed.
Each semester, we also have regularly scheduled walk-in hours. These hours are reserved for walk-in clients only; so at these times, don't make an appointment; just come on in! Walk-in hours for each semester can be found on our home page.
Do you offer online appointments?
Yes, we offer both synchronous and asynchronous online appointments. Click here for more information.
I'm a graduate student. Should I make an appointment with the University Writing Center (UWC) or the Graduate Writing Center (GWC)?
It depends on what you are looking for. The UWC and the GWC both serve graduate students from all disciplines and provide very similar services. The UWC is distinct from the GWC in a few ways:
Will you proofread or edit my paper?
No, but we will teach you how to self-edit or self-proofread. So why don't we just fix your paper for you? The simple answer is that the UWC is a teaching unit; our emphasis is on learning and growth. If we did proofread or edit your text for you, you might end up with a grammatically-correct, error-free, and more polished paper, but you wouldn’t understand what we had done to make it better. You would have to come back to the UWC every time you wanted to improve future papers because you wouldn’t know how to do so yourself. On the other hand, when we teach you to self-edit, you learn how to make your writing better on your own.
Ultimately, our goal is to help you become better writers—to give you the tools to edit, proofread, and revise your own writing. While we hope the one paper you bring to the consultation improves, our goal is to help you improve your overall writing skills. For these reasons, we focus on teaching you self-revising and self-editing skills. We will answer questions about specific problems, identify patterns of repeated grammar issues, and model a correction. We will then invite you to find other similar problems in your own writing. We believe this approach helps you in the long run to examine your writing with a critical eye.