The Writing Center

There has now been two full weeks of classes at Wake Forest. Students are settling in to the rhythm of academics and hopefully are getting comfortable with their coursework.

All first year students are required to take English 111 (the Writing Seminar) unless they opted out via AP/IB test scores or a placement essay. Wake Forest wants to help students prepare for collegiate level writing from the very beginning of their academic career. Building good writing skills now will only make for better research papers later. There is a wonderful resource on campus to assist students who might want a little extra help in the writing department.

The Writing Center is a resource for students who want help during any portion of the writing process – from brainstorming to outlining to drafts and revisions.  The Writing Center has moved into a new location in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (Room 426) this year; it is centrally-located and ideal for student access. Trained peer tutors in the Writing Center help meet students wherever they are in the writing process and help them become more confident about their skills and abilities.

It’s important for parents to know that the Writing Center is not a ‘correction center.’  Tutors do not evaluate, correct, proofread, or edit student assignments; their main goal is to help students become confident critical readers of their own writing.

Should your student need a confidence boost in his or her writing skills, or just wants another set of ears to listen and help think through an upcoming paper, please encourage them to visit the Writing Center.  Hours of operation are listed on their web site, and students can make appointments online as well.

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