Academic Centers for Excellence Writing Center
The Wabash Writing Center is dedicated to coaching Wabash Men to become the best writers that they can be. Located on the second floor of the Lilly Library, the Writing Center is your writing destination. Regardless of your major or the course, if you have writing questions or needs, our Writing Consultants can help. If you reserve an appointment in our scheduling system, we can guarantee you a customized-tutorial session. If you happen to be wandering past and see that a Writing Consultant is free, you are welcome to walk-in.
When a Wabash Man comes into the Wabash Writing Center, he will meet one-on-one with a trained Writing Consultant. Consulting sessions are 30 minutes, which is enough time to review 3-4 pages of writing.
Consultants can work with writers at any stage of their writing process. A writer can come to the Wabash Writing Center with a couple of notes on a napkin, and our Writing Consultants can help him turn it into the best paper the writer can produce. Writers have to do their own work, but our Writing Consultants will make suggestions and offer advice to make a paper better. It is up to the writer to follow the suggestions and advice offered.
Our Writing Consultants are trained to focus on Audience Awareness, Clarity of Thought, Cohesion of Ideas, and Reliable Resources. Writing Consultants are also well versed in grammar concerns, MLA, and APA, and they are happy to answer questions or make minor corrections. However, we leave the line editing and final revisions to the writer.
In any paper, the audience's expectations dictate how the writer needs to address the assignment, how the writer needs to structure his ideas, and how the writer needs to support his ideas. By focusing on Audience Awareness, our Writing Consultants are able to assist writers in determining how he can best present his ideas and conclusions.
Clarity of Thought
For any paper to work, the reader needs to have a clear understanding of what the writer is saying, why he is saying it, and what his statements mean. By focusing on Clarity of Thought, our Writing Consultants are able to coach writers to refine their ideas into clear, understandable points.
Cohesion of Ideas
Papers need to flow logically from an initial idea, through the writer's reasoning, and to a logical conclusion. By focusing on Cohesion of Ideas, our Writing Consultants are able to suggest better transitions, more logical arrangements, and more sophisticated conclusions.
Writers need to adequately support their ideas with credible, reliable resources. However, it is not enough to simply include a statement from a source; the support needs to be reliable and well integrated into the structure of the paper. By focusing on Reliable Resources, our Writing Consultants assist writers in selecting appropriate sources and in integrating them smoothly and logically into their paper.
The Wabash Writing Center exists because Wabash Men write. It is a place in which they can meet with trained Writing Consultants to further develop their writing. Any Wabash Man can become a better writer by visiting the Wabash Writing Center.
If you have any questions regarding the Wabash Writing Center or this website, please contact the Director Prof. Zachery Koppelmann, or call 6024 on campus.