Writing Center

West Chester University

Dr. Margaret Ervin
Associate Professor of English
FHG Library Room 251

About Us

Students sitting at table with laptops

The writing center serves the entire university community: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. We welcome writers from diverse academic disciplines and cultural settings. Our goal is to help visitors to the writing center--either in person or online--become better writers, readers, and critical thinkers. We do this in 25- and/or 50-minute tutorials dedicated to the arduous and inspiring work that writers do.

What you can expect at the writing center:

  • a free, 30- or 60-minute session with a trained and knowledgeable writing tutor
  • a friendly environment offering one-to-one attention
  • discussions about your ideas, writing strategies, strengths, and areas for improvement
  • options for organizing your text; consideration of possible titles, introductions, and conclusions, your voice and tone; discussion of generic conventions for your assignment
  • in the context of your draft, a review of rules for grammar, punctuation, syntax, and other aspects of correctness
  • conversation about mechanical issues such as active and passive verbs, parallelism, predication, and transitions
  • discussion of guidelines for using, citing, and documenting sources.

We encourage you to make use of the writing center as an antidote to procrastination. For example, you could make an appointment the same day you receive an assignment. Bring your assignments with you; we'll consider them with you.

Think of the writing center as a resource for generating text, revising, and getting feedback before papers are at the proofreading stage. It isn't intended to be a last-minute fix-it shop.

Even if you are hesitant, you should give the writing center a try. Many first-time users become regulars.

We are here for all people who need or want to write, at all levels of competence and interest. We look forward to working with you!

We welcome your feedback on any aspect of the writing center's work.

Please feel free to contact Margaret Ervin.