Writing Center


  • Who uses the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center is open to any Seattle University writer at any stage in the writing process.
    We also encourage faculty to bring in their classes for orientations and small-group consultations.

    What is a consultation?

    A consultation is a free, one-to-one, 60-minute conversation with a peer consultant who responds to writers and their writing at any stage in the writing process, whether writers are decoding prompts or establishing goals, brainstorming or outlining, drafting or revising, proofreading or polishing.

    What happens in a consultation?

    After checking in with a receptionist, the writer and a consultant will walk to a cubicle. There, the writer will discuss the requirements of the assignment, collaborate with the consultant on an agenda related to the writer and the writing, and plan the next steps that will aid the writer in revising the writing outside the Center.

    Who are the consultants?

    Consultants are skilled writers who are well versed in the stages and strategies of the writing process and who are excited to meet new writers and encounter new ideas. They have diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including Biology, English, Anthropology, Sport & Exercise Science, Chemistry, International Studies, Women’s Studies, Journalism, Humanities for Teaching, Liberal Studies, Film Studies, and so forth.

    To best use the Writing Center services, students should consider developing an on-going working relationship with one particular consultant, who can become more familiar with students’ style and concerns and best help them with each new assignment. 

    What type of writing can we discuss in a consultation?

    Students can bring any type of writing to a consultation. Consultants give thoughtful responses to academic coursework in any discipline, creative writing, resumes, personal statements, job applications, graduate-school applications, grants, professional scholarship, posters, PowerPoints, and more.

    Will consultants proofread or edit students’ writing?

    We usually begin consultations with discussions of global writing issues—meeting the requirements of an assignment, developing a thesis statement, supporting ideas with evidence, and organizing those ideas. Within those discussions, consultants work with students on local concerns, such as grammar, usage, syntax, or punctuation. Consultants also guide students in learning proofreading and revision strategies, so students feel confident making local revisions outside of the Writing Center. If clients have issues with grammar, syntax, citations, or punctuation and want specific help in those areas, we encourage them to come to our Saturday drop-in sessions.

    How do I make an appointment with the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 8:30pm, on Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Students and faculty are welcome to visit us on the 2nd floor of the Lemieux Library or call (206) 296-6239 to make an appointment. 

    How do drop-in sessions on Saturday work?

    On Saturdays, clients can come to the Writing Center between the hours of 10am and 2pm and have a session ranging from 15 minutes to an hour with a consultant. To sign up for a drop-in session, clients will be asked to sign in on the sign-in sheet on the front desk counter and to fill out a drop-in consultation form. A consultant will then work with the client as soon as they are available. Clients can also schedule traditional, pre-scheduled hour-long consultations for Saturdays.

    What other resources does the Writing Center provide?

    In addition to individual consultations, the Writing Center offers online, downloadable resources to address issues that arise at the different stages of the writing process. 

    The Writing Center also has a Facebook page that students and faculty can like. Also, like the Writing Center’s Facebook page for the most updated information on resources and workshops.

  • Hours and Location

    Summer Hours
    July 1 – August 15
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Lemieux Library, Second Floor

    Phone Number
    (206) 296-6239