Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Writing Center will continue to offer electronic feedback on writing for students, faculty, staff, and alumni during listed hours.
If you would like face-to-face feedback in real-time, you can schedule an online appointment through the online system. You can communicate with a writing consultant using video, audio, or chat. At the time of your appointment:
- Log into your scheduled appointment 5–10 minutes ahead of time.
- Open your appointment and click "Start or Join Online Consultation."
- To upload your writing, click on the "Import/Export" button in the upper right corner (with 2 arrows pointing in opposite directions).
If you would like written feedback at a later time, schedule an eConsultation. Please allow 2 business days for Writing Center consultants to respond. Attach your writing to the appointment and, if it is for an assignment, a description of the assignment.
You can also select consultants with particular specialties from the "Specialties" menu at the top of the schedule. Consultants will be added to the schedule as they complete training on conducting online appointments.
Additionally, several handouts with helpful information on everything from APA citation style to semicolons can be found in the "Handouts and Resources" section of this webpage.
The Writing Center provides free assistance with writing to all Westminster students, faculty, and staff. When you come to the Writing Center you can expect an individualized session with an experienced writing consultant.
You can receive feedback on your writing in a face-to-face consultation at the Writing Center or electronically in an eConsultation. Stop by the Writing Center to be assisted on a walk-in basis or schedule an appointment online to meet with a consultant in person. To receive feedback electronically, upload your writing and include a description of the assignment on the appointment form. A consultant will respond to eConsultation requests within 2 business days (not counting days when the Writing Center is closed).
The Writing Center will offer 2 kinds of electronic writing consultations during posted hours. You can watch an instructional video if you need help arranging electronic consultations.
Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2–7:00 p.m.
The Writing Center is available to help all Westminster College students at every stage of the writing process, from planning written work to writing and revising it. In addition, the Writing Center can help you develop your abilities to locate authoritative sources, cite and quote them responsibly, and write persuasively.
Writing consultants are trained in issues of grammar and punctuation and can teach you how to edit and proofread your paper, but they will not edit or proofread for you. All work done and discussed in the Writing Center will remain confidential and will not be shared without your permission.
The writing consultants are advanced writers who have been trained to help you improve your writing. Consultants represent diverse disciplines such as biology, business, chemistry, economics, education, English, environmental studies, history, music, philosophy, religious studies, and social sciences.
- Please provide your student ID number when you make an appointment.
- Allow at least 45 minutes for a face-to-face consultation and at least 2 hours before the paper is due. Otherwise, you will not have enough time to receive help on your writing and revise it accordingly.
- Please limit your appointments to once per day per assignment. You can arrange multiple consultations for different writing assignments.
Citing and Using Sources
Different areas of study favor particular ways of citing sources. Your teachers will likely indicate which style of source citation they would like you to use. If they don't, ask.
- Using and Citing Sources: The Basics
- Quoting and Paraphrasing Handout
- American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition: cites sources by author and date and includes a final References list
- American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition: the most recent version of APA citation style, updated in October 2019
- Modern Language Association (MLA): cites sources by author and page and includes a final Works Cited list
- Chicago Manual of Style (CMS): cites sources in footnotes and includes a final bibliography
- American Medical Association (AMA): cites sources in order by superscript number and includes a final References list.
Grammar & Punctuation
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Writing Center offers assistance to all Westminster faculty, and staff on any aspect of writing. In addition to offering faculty and staff feedback on their writing, we also provide workshops and assistance with assignment design.
- Writing Center flyers
- A brief presentation of the Writing Center's services
- An in-depth workshop on topics such as revision, academic style, citing sources, or particular kinds of writing
- Help with incorporating writing into a course, designing writing assignments, or giving feedback to students
Commenting on Student Papers Workshop
The Westminster College Writing Center supports writing and writing instruction by all members of the Westminster community through individual writing consultations, in-class writing workshops, and faculty professional development.
At the Westminster College Writing Center, consultants pride themselves on their ability to engage a sizable community of writers, furthering their education through compassionate, respectful one-on-one consultations. Our consultants are committed to helping students engage with ideas, create and develop arguable claims, and make informed decisions about their own writing. Writing Center consultants collaborate with all students, from all disciplines, at any stage of the writing process, on any aspect of writing.
Writing Center consultants employ best practices to foster learning. Rather than tell writers how to write, we prioritize involving the writer in their work and encourage students to develop their own authentic voice. We strive to teach students long-term writing habits and revision skills rather than simply editing students’ work for them. The Writing Center conforms to the Westminster College Policy on Academic Honesty, insisting that all of a students’ academic work be their own.
Register For ENGL 310: Theory and Teaching of Writing
This course, offered spring semester each year, will introduce you to the teaching of college-level writing as well as the ideas behind it. In addition to learning about rhetoric and composition theory, you will see how writing is taught in the Westminster College Writing Center and conduct your own writing consultations. Completing this course will qualify you to work in the Writing Center as a paid consultant. ENGL 310 has been designated a service-learning course. It also counts as an upper-division elective for the English major and meets the advanced writing requirement if it is taken for 3 or 4 hours. To accommodate internship hours, the class will meet for 1 2-hour period each week.