Writer Resources

 

 

How the Writing Center Can Help Writers

The Writing Center is a free service open to all writers in the OSU community. Whether you're an undergrad, graduate or professional student,  post doc candidate, faculty, or staff, writing can be tricky, emotionally draining and isolating. The OSU Writing Center’s consultants are trained to listen to you and to work with you to identify your writing style, figure out a particular assignment’s or project’s expectations, set achievable goals, and give you specific advice or writing tools. Our consultants are also University students who deal with the frustrations of the writing process every day. You can expect us to be compassionate, understanding, and eagerly committed to figuring out how to talk about your writing in a way that works for you.

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Accommodations 

Our consultants are prepared to meet the needs of all writers–including writers with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities. Potential accommodations include, but are not limited to: Welcoming service animals; Working with American Sign Language interpreters; Using a variety of media to communicate with you about your writing, and Reduced Distraction Rooms. Visit our Accessibility page for more information on helping us make the appropriate accommodations for you!

Accessibility Page

 

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Veterans

The Writing Center offers walk-in sessions for veterans. Veterans' Writing Consultancy is open to any former or current serving members of the United States Armed Forces. ROTC participants and other similar program members are also welcome to use the Veterans' consulting service. 

Veterans' Walk-in hours are usually located in the Veterans' Lounge on the first floor of Smith Lab, in room 1132. See this map for further details on finding the Veterans' Lounge. Also see link below for more information on sessions for veterans,

Veterans' Writing Consultancy

 

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Jobs at the Writing Center

Undergrad Students

There is a required course, CSTW/ENG 3467: Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing, which is required of all prospective undergraduate Writing Center consultants. Upon successful completion of the tutoring course, students will be invited to interview for a position. Our hiring rate is roughly 90%, though not all 3467 students apply, each term. The course runs in fall and spring semesters and is cross-listed in English and CSTW. It also satisfies a requirement for the Professional Writing Minor.  For further questions contact Dr. Genie Giaimo at Giaimo.13@osu.edu

 

Graduate/ Professional Students

The Writing Center typically hires graduate students for year-long contracts beginning in Autumn and ending Spring/Summer. We hire from any discipline, and are actively seeking graduate students from STEM and social science disciplines. Typically, the Writing Center places a call for graduate consultants in February via the cstw.osu.edu website. No prior Writing Center experience is necessary, though it is appreciated, to work at the OSU WC. If selected to work in the Writing Center, there is a 10 hour pre-semester training required for all new graduate consultants, in addition to the 10 hour training the first week of the semester. For further questions contact Dr. Genie Giaimo at Giaimo.13@osu.edu

 

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Conduct Research at the Writing Center

If you are a graduate student and want to conduct research in the Writing Center, you need to contact Dr. Genie Giaimo for permission. Typically, only employees of the CSTW are cleared to conduct research in the Writing Center. Prospective researchers need CITI training and to write an IRB application detailing their research study. Dr. Giaimo will need to be listed as a PI in any IRB study pertaining to the Writing Center. As with any research site, it is imperative that the researcher know the community they are studying. Thus, any prospective researchers are required to work as a consultant in the OSU Writing Center for at least a year before undertaking their research.  

 

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