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Writing Center
WC Open House


The MSU Writing Center is now closed for the semester. Good luck on your finals!!!

To make an appointment, go to WC Online.

Who are we?

The MSU Writing Center has student tutors eager and ready to help you with your writing

Where are we?
Lower Level, Gordon Olson Library

What do we do?

We can help you with any kind of writing, for any subject, at any stage of the writing process.

What we believe about writing:

At the MSU Writing Center, we believe everyone is a writer and can express their ideas through writing.  We also believe that the best way to improve our writing is through collaborative learning.  One aspect of that is for writers to receive helpful and constructive feedback from engaged,  nonjudgmental readers.  Our tutors strive to be those readers.

As writers ourselves, we offer a place where writers can safely try out new ideas, learn new writing skills, practice revising strategies, and gain confidence in their own writing.

Our primary goal is to help students become stronger, independent writers by offering them strategies and tools they can use for future papers.  We focus on the writer as a whole person, not the individual assignment.

We believe content comes before format in all forms of writing, though we know that the end product will be strong in both areas.  Thus, we work from a hierarchy of concerns as follows:

1. Thesis and focus
2. Audience awareness
3. Depth of ideas
4. Organization and flow
5. Support for ideas in the form of examples, research, etc. 
6.  Style: appropriate voice, word choice etc.
7. Mechanics, grammar and format (documentation style)

We believe writing is a process of discovering what we really want to say, a creative, non-linear process whose steps often blur together. All writers approach this process in different ways on their way to a polished final draft.

Because writing is a "messy" process, we believe that feedback throughout the writing process is most helpful.  The Writing Center should not be the last stop for the paper, but rather, several stops along the way to a finished paper.

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The Writing Center has a new No Show policy:

If you miss three appointments in a semester, your account will be disabled and you will no longer be able to make appointments.

This is important, because a no show in effect steals a session from someone else.
If you need to cancel, please do so 24 hours before your appointment
It's only common courtesy to both the tutor and your fellow students.

Questions? E mail us!
Meet this year's tutors. Click here
Faculty, click here to find out what our tutors can do for you!

Out of the area?  Use MSU's toll free number:  1-800-777-0750 and ask for the Writing Center