The Writing Process
There are many steps that writers take to achieve their final result.
The MSU Denver Writing Center offers several resources including 50-minute writing consultations, doc consulting, the RIDES program, workshops, and scholarships.
The Writing Center is happy to announce that we now have asynchronous writing consultations in the form of Doc Drop Consulting.
Document Drop Consulting allows students to submit their work online, which will be returned to them with feedback from one of our consultants. Students can upload a draft and a consultant will respond in writing within three to four business days.
Please note that consultants will spend up to one hour reading and responding to the work if it’s shorter than 10 pages. If it’s longer than 10 pages, we ask students to please indicate which sections the consultant should focus on.
As with other types of sessions we offer, our consultants will prioritize giving feedback on higher-order concerns (such as ideas, organization, and thesis statements) rather than sentence-level or grammatical concerns. However, consultants might offer feedback regarding patterns of grammatical errors if they impede understanding or hurt the writer’s credibility.
To submit your paper, go to the Writing Center Schedule and select Doc Drop from the drop down menu.
Do you lack confidence in your English language skills? Do you get frequently lose points for grammar and/or punctuation? Do you struggle with English vocabulary? The RIDES Program is for you!
RIDES clients meet with a specially trained consultant for 30 minutes 1 to 2 times a week to work on developing stronger English language skills.
THE MSU DENVER WRITING CENTER IS PROUD TO OFFER THE COMMITTED WRITER SCHOLARSHIP TO HARD-WORKING, DEDICATED STUDENTS.
The MSU Denver Writing Center is once again accepting applications for the Committed Writer Scholarship, worth up to $1500. The scholarship is intended for students who have used our services and have shown dedication to improving their writing and writing processes.
The Writing Center will be awarding two of these scholarships. Criteria are as follows:
The application deadline for 2021 has passed. Please check back next spring!
Generally, a writing consultant will ask you to explain the assignment that you’re working on and then ask questions about your writing goals and concerns. Note that it is especially helpful if you bring in a copy of the assignment instructions and/or rubric.
Depending on the writing situation, our consultants may use different strategies at this point. Strategies often used during our sessions include:
Of course, what happens during a consultation varies from student to student. We strive to work with you in the ways that will best serve your writing needs.
Yes — we strongly recommend that you make appointments to guarantee that you will have a sufficient amount of uninterrupted time with a writing-consultant. Walk-ins are sometimes available, but there is no guarantee. The later in the semester, the less likely we will have one available at the last minute.
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We work with writers in all areas of study, at all levels, in all stages of their writing processes, and with all types of writing projects. The Writing Center offers you the most resources for developing as writers and thinkers, sharing your work and ideas, and receiving thoughtful feedback on works-in-progress in a friendly and collaborative environment. In our humble opinion, all students would benefit from working with a writing consultant.
Don’t worry if you haven’t written anything yet — We can help you get a draft started!
You can come to the Writing Center at any stage of your writing process. We encourage writers to come in as soon as an assignment has been given, even before composing the first draft! At that point, writing consultants can help you break the assignment down into smaller, more manageable tasks and figure out how much time to allow for each task.
We can also help you brainstorm topic ideas or approaches, revise drafts, integrate and document source material, and do all sorts of other things. Come in and see us!
The only exception for this is with Doc Drop appointments, as we do recommend that a minimum of one page be written so consultants can provide adequate and
Our standard sessions last 50 minutes.
For students in the Roadrunners Interested In Developing English Skills (RIDES) program, we offer 30-minute sessions with a consultant who is trained specifically for the program. RIDES sessions help students with later-order concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) unique to their situation. More information about the RIDES program is available here.
1. Make an appointment in advance.
2. Think about what you’d like help with. Our writing consultants can help you with global issues that affect your entire composition (such as depth and thoroughness of arguments, clarity of thesis, organization, thesis, and support) and local issues that affect individual sentences (such as syntax, grammar, and punctuation). Your writing consultant will be best able to use the time allotted for your session if you provide him or her with specific global and/or local issues that you would like some help with. Consultants would prefer to work on global issues, if they exist, because those affect the entire piece of writing.
Don’t worry if you haven’t yet written anything. We can help you get a draft started.
3. Bring your assignment sheet/prompt and/or rubric with you so your writing consultant can understand the assignment’s requirements and can examine how closely your rough draft meets the criteria. If your assignment involves conducting research, either bring your source material with you or be prepared to find it online during your session.
The MSU Denver Writing Center recognizes that there is no such thing as “Standard American English”(SAE) and firmly believe that all people have the right to their own Englishes. That said, we also recognize that in writing for a specific audience, namely your instructors, you may want to adhere to the “rules” of SAE*.
A writing consultant will help you learn to identify any areas of punctuation and grammar that do not fit into SAE*, if requested. However, they will not “fix” the issues for you.
We are not an editing service. If you struggle with grammar and punctuation, we recommend that you begin working with a Writing Center consultant regularly, perhaps as often as once a week. We are here to help, but we will not do the work for you.
If you struggle with understanding the “rules” of grammar, punctuation, and other mechanics, in the SAE* tradition, consider the RIDES Program.
The MSU Denver Writing Center currently has a “No Policy” Policy. We want to be as accessible to students and faculty as possible, so we have no set rules.
However, we reserve the right to restrict specific clients who may abuse the “No Policy” Policy.
We will notify you by email, phone, or in person if we need to make changes to any of your appointments.
Multiple students can participate in a “group” session. Be sure the appointment you make in WCOnline indicates that multiple students will participate in the session.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call the Writing Center’s main location (KC 415) at 303-615-1888. We thank you in advance–we appreciate you letting us know so we can accommodate other students during that time.
You cannot “drop off” your essay at a writing center location, but we do now offer Doc Drop Consulting, where you can submit an essay online and have a consultant review your essay and return it to you with comments within 72 hours.
For more information click here.
Be sure to choose “Doc Drop” from the drop down menu in at https://msudenver.mywconline.com
The MSU Denver Writing Center has several locations throughout campus, as well as online writing consultations. You can drop by anytime at one of our locations: King Center (KC) 415 Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 201 Administration (AD) 210E
MSU Denver Writing Center
Campus Box 32
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Main Phone Number: 303-615-1888
King Center: 303-605-7040
Jordan Student Success Building: 303-605-5463
Admin Building: 303-605-5795