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The Writing Center

How We Help Your Students

Schedule a brief informational class visit or a custom in-class workshop:

Class Visit Request Form

The Writing Center plays a vital role in achieving the educational goals of the University by helping writers clarify their ideas and their expression of those ideas.

Consultants do not proofread, edit, or correct papers, nor do they supply language or ideas in helping students develop their topics; none of these contributions would advance the pedagogical objective of the Center. Our goal is to help students better clarify their thinking and articulate their ideas.

Instead, Consultants typically focus on global concerns first: addressing the assignment, organization, coherence, etc. We do, however, also assist with sentence level issues: grammar, mechanics, punctuation and proofreading strategies.

Please note that consultants will not assist students with take-home exams unless we have received instructor permission in advance. Call or email the Center at any point in the semester to do this.

In addition to conducting sessions with students, we assist you with your course goals in the classrom in the following ways:

Informational Class Visits

A brief (5-10 minute) presentation with brochures (and optional multimedia) that provides students an overview of our services and how we can help them succeed in your class. 

To request an informational visit, please fill out our Class Visit Request Form.

You might also choose to show students our informational video. Click the image below: 


Custom In-Class Workshops

Individual or groups of consultants assigned to:

  • Provide presentations and workshops on writing-related topics, such as documenting and incorporating sources, plagiarism, or writing in your discipline.
  • Conduct peer-review workshops.
To request a custom in-class presentation or workshop, please fill out our Class Visit Request Form. (Note that we require at least 2 weeks' notice for presentations or workshops lasting longer than 15 minutes.) 


Referrals & Required Visits

Refer individual students for assistance or require entire classes to come for course credit or extra credit. We provide signed confirmations of student visits (Blue Sheets) on request*. It is our policy that students must be actively engaged in session work for at least 30 minutes in order to receive one.

*Note that Confirmation of Visit forms will not be provided for After Hours or Graduate Drop Box sessions; the letter and comments on student drafts can be used as proof of attendance. ​

Before referring/requiring an entire class to visit, please read our suggested guidelines below, and then email or call Director Justin Bain at (303) 315-7353 /

Online Workshops for Canvas 

Once imported into Canvas, the following files unpack themselves as lectures, downloads, videos, and quizzes nested within a Module. These Modules can then be customized and assigned at your discretion. 

To get started:

  • Download this Workshop ​Import Instructions document, which explains how to turn the workshop download files below into modules within your Canvas course. 
  • Choose a Workshop from the below list and download its Workshop File and Workshop Explanation documents.
     Arguments & Thesis Statements

Students learn how to join an academic conversation, write/revise/evaluate a strong argumentative thesis statement, and place the thesis (ideas) in their essays where readers expect to find them. 

     Grammar & Rhetoric (COMING SOON!)
            • ​​​​Grammar & Rhetoric Workshop File​ 
            • ​​​​​Workshop Explanation document

If you would like more information or would like to receive support for your courses, please contact Writing Center Director Justin Bain at (303) 315-7353​

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