FAQs for Faculty

What is a writing center?

A writing center is a place where writers can work one-on-one with a writing consultant trained to talk about writing, either face to face or online. Academic writing centers are neither wholly independent of nor adjuncts to the classroom. Rather, they offer neutral spaces where visitors can learn, over time, to become better writers. Read our Mission Statement.

Who can use the KU Writing Center?

We welcome undergraduate and graduate students from KU Lawrence and KU Edwards. We are also able to work with students from Haskell Indian Nations University. They can schedule an appointment or submit their writing online.

How do I refer students to the Writing Center?

If you notice students could benefit from writing support, we recommend that you refer specific students for specific reasons. Suggest they schedule an appointment online. Please refrain from requiring entire classes to visit the Writing Center (see "How can the Writing Center support me in my teaching?" below for ways we can support your entire class). Also, we ask that you not assign credit or extra credit for Writing Center attendance before consulting with the Associate Director. Our resources are limited and we serve the entire university community. You can request that students who visit the writing center share a copy of their appointment note with you via email.

How can my students best use the Writing Center?

We have found that a personally motivated writer gains more from a consultation than one who has been required to attend. Students should make their own appointments and bring assignment sheets, notes, or drafts. After their consultations, they should also be willing to revise their work. Check out our Student Frequently Asked Questions.

How can the Writing Center support me in my teaching?

Our Writing Resources have been specially created with faculty in mind. We can support you by offering feedback on writing assignments and consulting with you on course redesign around writing to learn. We offer class visits and in-class workshops. Faculty teaching a KU course can also apply to have a Writing Fellow in their classroom. To make an appointment with a staff member to discuss writing in your courses, email writing@ku.edu.

Who will my students work with?

We employ undergraduate and graduate students who are trained to work as peer consultants. They are tutors, not teachers, who coach and guide writers. All consultants participate in rigorous pre-service training, and, once hired, a continuing education program. Although we hire students specializing in a variety of academic fields, we do not offer discipline-specific writing support at this time. Our peer consultants respond to writing as educated generalists.

Where is the KU Writing Center located?

At the KU Lawrence campus, we serve writers at Anschutz Library and at designated residence halls. Online consulting is also available.

When is the KU Writing Center open?

Following a peer tutoring model, we offer face-to-face consultations (45 or 60 minutes) and online consultations. We work with writers when KU classes are in session, every day of the week except for Saturdays. Online consultations are also available during exam weeks.

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