Frequently Asked Questions

General

The University Writing Center is located in the basement of the Collins Learning Center next to the elevator (room 001). You may also contact us by phone at 214-333-5474 or email at writingcenter@dbu.edu.

You may come in with your paper at any stage of the writing process. You can bring your prompt and we'll brainstorm with you. No need for that? Gather your ideas and we can help with a thesis statement and/or outline. Or if you did those things on your own, bring your finished work and we'll help you polish it and check the formatting.

In any case, please bring your work no later than a day prior to the due date. That way, you'll have time to make the edits and corrections in time to turn it in.

Appointments

Appointments made at least a day in advance are given top priority. However, walk-ins will be accommodated if time permits; full-service Saturdays are by appointment only. Please noteIf you are more than ten minutes late for an appointment, you will forfeit the appointment time and must reschedule. Be sure to schedule at least a day in advance of your due date. There are some other things you might want to know before you come.

We love to work with students in all stages of the writing process. You are welcome to bring ideas, notes, and scribbles to the Writing Center, as well as outlines and incomplete drafts. In fact, we prefer to work with you in the beginning stages of writing, rather than just look at your completed paper.

Students cannot drop off a paper to be corrected by a writing consultant. The author of the work must be present to discuss the methods needed to improve the piece and his or her overall writing ability.

All UWC consultations are limited to forty-five minutes. Your session may be shorter if you do not want to use the entire forty-five minutes.

Bring a hard copy of the assignment you are working on. If you have not started writing yet, bring your ideas, questions, and research materials, or whatever you have gathered. Also bring the assignment sheet, syllabus, instructor's comments, or other material that gives specific information about the particular assignment you are working on.

The Writing Center does not inform your professor of your visit, but we do ask that each time you come you fill out a visit record. We will not discuss you or your work with any other students or professors—each session is confidential. If you submit a formal, academic appeal, however, the appropriate Dean or Vice President has the right to review your UWC records, if necessary.

What We Do

No, Writing Consultants will not write your paper for you.

The Writing Center staff wants all students to become confident with their own writing abilities; therefore, there are services not found in the UWC. The Writing Center is not an editing, correcting, or typing service. We are here to help you proofread, revise, and correct your own papers.

If you bring in a paper over four pages in length, we will only consider the first two pages for grammar and will consider as many pages as possible for appropriate content and structure if applicable within the forty-five minute time constraint. If you bring in a paper shorter than four pages, we will only consider the first half of it for grammar and all pages for appropriate content and structure if applicable within the forty-five minute time constraint.

Yes, we will be glad to assist you with your resume. We also have resources that can be used in the Writing Center to help you write your resume. However, our resume assistance is limited, and official course work will take precedence. Career Services may offer thorough assistance when preparing your resume.

Yes, you may bring your creative writing to us; however, if it is not official course work, we must assist those bringing in official course work first.

Non-Traditional Students

You may schedule an appointment for a distance session via Blackboard's Collaborate, set an appointment for a phone consultation, or email your paper to the Writing Center for assistance.

The Writing Center is available to all current DBU undergraduate and graduate students.

Resources

The UWC collects and maintains materials to assist students in research and writing. These materials may be used in the Writing Center. They include:

  • Sample essays and research papers across disciplines
  • Course syllabi
  • Quick reference flyers covering different aspects of writing
  • Writing format guides such as MLA, APA, and Turabian
  • Internet resources such as online writing centers
  • Grammar, punctuation, and writing exercises
  • Library of writing resources for student use

The Writing Center has a variety of flyers that include tips on formatting in APA, MLA, and Turabian. We also have Quick Reference Flyers on correct grammar usage, specific assignments, and literary analysis. Quick Reference Flyers are also available directly outside the Writing Center and can be picked up at any time. 

Working for the Writing Center

The Writing Center hires writing consultants as openings arise. To become a writing consultant, you must be a DBU student with the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least 30 credit hours with credit for ENGL 1301, 1302, and either 2301 or 2302; a major in English is not necessary; graduate students are encouraged to apply
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • English GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership and negotiation abilities
  • Strong Christian character
  • Servant leadership qualities

The Writing Center hires receptionists as openings arise. To become a receptionist, you must be a DBU student with the following qualifications:

  • Workstudy funds
  • Avid interest in writing with strong skills in place
  • Overall highschool GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Highschool English GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Strong leadership and negotiation abilities
  • Strong Christian character
  • Servant leadership qualities
  • Interest in becoming a consultant is appreciated