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Writing Center: More Staff And New Hours

This spring, Washington State University Vancouver students in need of writing help should be aware of the wealth of resources available to them. The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Library Building (VLIB) Room 203 and is a unique environment available to students and community members alike.

According to Writing Consultant Josh Erdahl, who holds undergraduate degrees in business and creative writing, the mission of the Writing Center is to produce better writers—not just better papers. While the focus of the writing center is largely academic, students and community members are encouraged to bring in creative works, grad school essays, resumes and other written works for thoughtful peer-reviews. The writing consultants are a team of both students and professionals coordinated by Kandy Robertson, clinical associate professor of English.

This semester, the Writing Center has added staff and, in response to student requests, changed their hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Additionally, the Writing Center is a resource for understanding and avoiding plagiarism, as well as for students with questions about academic formatting.

Although walk-ins are encouraged, the Writing Center also offers the online writing lab (OWL), which allows students to submit their work electronically for review. However, the Writing Center asks that anyone submitting through the OWL please allow 48 business hours for responses.

For more information about the WSU Vancouver writing center, visit them at VLIB 203, call 360 546 9650, or email them at writingcenter@vancouver.wsu.

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