For Undergraduate Students

The University Writing Center is available to all undergraduate students at the University of Denver. We work with incoming students in their first quarter of college courses, juniors designing research posters and grant proposals, seniors writing capstone papers and statements of purpose for graduate school, and everyone in between. 

We encourage all students to make writing consultations part of their regular writing habits. Having a conversation with a writing consultant can be an invaluable part of the process; a consultant can ask you questions, introduce you to new strategies or practices, be a sounding board for your ideas, and help you develop new perspectives on your work. 

We also encourage students to inform themselves of the full range of support available for writing on campus and to let us know how we can help you with your work.

You're welcome to write to Dr. Juli Parrish, director, or Dr. Olivia Tracy, assistant director, at wrc@du.edu any time.  

Writing Resources for Undergraduate Students

  • In-Person Writing Consultations

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    As a DU undergraduate student, you can schedule up to 3 appointments per week to work with a peer consultant (graduate and advanced undergraduate consultants from a wide range of majors). Appointments are 45 minutes and take place in Anderson Academic Commons 280. 

    You can bring in any kind of writing: academic, civic, creative, personal, professional, and public. And you can come in at any stage of your processfrom the moment you begin to the moment you turn it in. 

     

    What to Expect in an In-Person Consultation

    When you come in for an appointment, the person at the front desk will greet you and may ask if you have a printed copy of your paper; if you do not, they will offer to print it for you. They will ask you to have a seat at the front of the room, and when the hour begins, your consultant will come meet you and take you to a table.

    Your consultant is likely to begin by asking some questions about your writing goals, your writing history, and your writing process. They will probably ask about the assignment or project you're working on, and they will ask you to help set an agenda for the session. You'll have about 45 minutes to work together.

    In general, you and your consultant may read sections of your paper together out loud or silently. You may also try out new strategies, develop an outline or generate ideas, consult resources, and so on.

    After your consultation is over, your consultant will ask you to offer us some feedback in a quick exit questionnaire. The results of this questionnaire help us to revise and refine our practices.

    We hope that you'll leave with new approaches to writing and new perspectives on your work.

  • Zoom Writing Consultations

    Get Started

    As a DU undergraduate student, you can schedule up to 3 appointments per week to work with a peer consultant (graduate and advanced undergraduate consultants from a wide range of majors). Appointments are 45 minutes and take place in Anderson Academic Commons 280. 

    You can bring in any kind of writing: academic, civic, creative, personal, professional, and public. And you can come in at any stage of your processfrom the moment you begin to the moment you turn it in.

     

    What to Expect in a Zoom Consultation

    Writers and consultants must refrain from smoking, vaping, drinking alcohol, driving, or operating motor vehicles during consultations. If a writer is a passenger in a moving vehicle, we may suggest rescheduling the appointment. 

    When you are ready for your scheduled Zoom appointment, join the Zoom room linked in your appointment form. You'll probably stay in the waiting room for a few minutes. 

    The Zoom host will send a message confirming that they know you've arrived and whether there's a wait, then admit you at about :00. When the host admits you to the main Zoom room, they will tell you the name of your consultant and send you to a breakout room, where your consultant will join you no later than :05. 

    Your consultant is likely to begin by asking some questions about your writing goals, writing history, and writing process. They will probably ask about the assignment or project you're working on, and they will ask you to help set an agenda for the session. 

    You'll likely be asked to share your document either via screen share or via Google doc. If you share a Google doc, please be sure you have a shareable link; do this by clicking on "Share" in the upper right corner of your Google doc; under "General access," click "anyone with the link." Copy the link and be ready to paste it into the Zoom chat so your consultant can access it. 

    You and your consultant will have about 45 minutes to work together. In general, you may read sections of your paper together out loud or silently. You may also try out new strategies, develop an outline or generate ideas, consult resources, and so on.

    After your consultation is over, your consultant will ask you to offer us some feedback in a quick exit questionnaire. The results of this questionnaire help us to revise and refine our practices.

    We hope that you'll leave with new approaches to writing and new perspectives on your work.

  • On Hiatus and Coming Back in Winter Quarter : Written (Asynchronous) Peer Response Pilot

    We are currently developing a written peer response offering and will begin accepting requests in week 1 of Winter Quarter. We are still in the pilot phase and are still operating on a small scale. Please let us know if you'd like to request a response!

    Peer response is available for a paper or section of paper no longer than 5 pages. Choose to request a written or recorded response to your writing project if any of the following conditions apply:

    • you have a working draft and are ready to share it with a peer reader; or
    • you have specific questions or priorities that can help your reader to focus; or
    • you benefit from written feedback that you can review and process on your own; or 
    • your internet is unreliable, or your schedule makes it difficult for you to attend live consultations; or 
    • you'd like to try our written peer response offering; or
    • you do not require grammatical or mechanical suggestions; and
    • you do not require immediate review of your draft (you'll receive your work back within 3 business days).

    You'll fill out and submit a request form, then receive an email letting you know if we are able to accept your request for a response within 3 business days. It's possible, if we have a large queue of requests, that we will recommend an in-person consultation. 

    Ideally, a consultant will respond in writing to your draft within one week. Your consultant will insert comments into your document making observations, identifying areas for revision or development, asking questions, and suggesting strategies for revision.

    If you are interested in requesting a written peer response for up to 5 pages of text, please write to us at wrc@du.edu. We are in the pilot phase of this offering and still operating on a small scale. 

  • Writing and Citation Resources

    Our Writing Resources site has handouts, videos, samples, and links for a wide range of writing and citation situations, including but not limited to

    • citation styles (e.g., APA, Chicago, IEEE, MLA, Turabian);
    • genres (e.g., literature reviews, policy briefs, reflections, posters);
    • Practices (e.g., reverse outlines, editing);
    • and much more

    If you can't find the resource you need, let us know. We update our resources regularly and are happy to find or develop what you need. 

    Or, if you have a great resource that could benefit others, let us know, and we'll add it to our site. 

    Write to us at wrc@du.edu either way!

    Writing Resources Site

     

  • Small-Group Workshops

    Whatever your course level or subject matter, Writing Center consultants and Writing Program faculty will work with you to plan a workshop for your group of 4+ students. 

    • Are you creating and presenting your first research poster? 
    • Do you want to learn how to synthesize source material in a literature review? 
    • Do you want to talk about writing blogs or lab reports or journal articles or grant proposals? 
    • Do you want to develop some new habits for editing and writing clearly?
    • Do you want to talk about how to codemesh effectively?

    Write to wrc@du.edu to request a small group workshop on any writing issue, situation, assignment, or genre. Please give us at least two weeks notice. 

  • Resources for Research Abstracts, Posters, and Proposals

    We work with the Undergraduate Research Center and other units on campus to support undergraduates engaged in PiNS and Summer Research proposals, presenting at conferences, and otherwise developing large research projects. 

    You can find videos, handouts, design specs, and a wide variety of samples on our resource site. 

    We also print posters for a small fee. Write to wrc@du.edu with questions. 

    Writing Resources Site

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Campus Resources

 

  • University Libraries & Research Center

    The University Libraries Research Center is one of a number of offices and programs on campus that can help students with the academic, intellectual, cultural, creative, and professional work of writing. Consider seeking help from these offices. 

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    The Research Center offers expert guidance through the research process: 

    • From refining a topic → to finding and evaluating relevant sources → to creating a bibliography. 
    • A consultation session can ease anxiety about a project or paper and teach research and evaluation skills for life-long learning. 
    • One-on-one research consultations are available to current DU students, faculty, and staff at any stage of the research process. 
    • Consultations are held at the Research Center in the Anderson Academic Commons (Main Level, room 240). 
  • Language Tutoring Center

    The Center for World Languages and Cultures offers peer tutoring for DU students seeking extra help with language courses, conversation practice in a foreign language, or language proficiency exam preparation. Tutoring is held at the Language Center in the Academic Commons.

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  • Undergraduate Research Center

    Undergraduate research is "an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline" (Council on Undergraduate Research). The Undergraduate Research Center provides the educational resources and funding to help students develop their research skills.

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  • Career Services

    Career@DU is a collection of career offices across campus designed to meet the needs of every student. Whether you are a traditional undergraduate, a graduate student in a professional program or a student with unique needs, we have career advisors, and programs dedicated to supporting your career and professional development. Read below for a description of each unit and to determine which is best suited to meet your needs. 

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  • Disability Services Program

    DSP is dedicated to giving students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses, and activities. DSP provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Accommodations afford students equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses, and activities.

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  • Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence

    Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (CLIE) is the student affairs division of the University of Denver. We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. 

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