Writing Center

The WSU Writing Center's Appointment System (Tutor Trac) may not be usable from January 17 to January 23 due to a software upgrade. If you have problems logging in for an appointment, please visit us in person or call us if you would like a tutorial or appointment.

College writing can be a demanding mix of academic language, research knowledge, argument, and personal expression. The friendly, talented staff of WSU's Writing Center is ready to help students discover solutions to their writing needs.

Located in Minne 348, the Writing Center offers free, individualized instruction in all forms and disciplines during any stage of writing, reading, or research.

The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students with long careers as successful writers, and tutors are trained to help students identify a plan for their writing assignments in any major.

In-Person & Distanced Tutoring Available

The Writing Center will be offering COVID-safe, in-person tutorials by appointment and walk-in. The Writing Center will also offer distance tutorials by Zoom.

Appointments have preference, although walk-ins are welcome. Make an appointment online—you'll need your StarID to login—or call 507.457.5505 during business hours for more information.

Make an Appointment for an In-Person Tutorial

You can make an appointment for an in-person tutorial with the Writing Center online.

After entering your StarID and password into TracCloud, click on "Search For Availabilities." Then select “Writing Center” from the Center drop-down menu. Next, enter the date and time you wish to have a tutorial. Available tutors will be shown.

You and your tutor will receive an email upon your booking an appointment.

Make an Appointment for a Distanced Tutorial

To start the online tutorial process, you'll need to make an appointment with a Writing Center tutor through WSU's TracCloud. Appointments must be made 30 minutes in advance of the tutorial.

Upon making an appointment, you'll be able to find your tutor's Zoom address in TracCloud. You may also receive an email with a Zoom link from your tutor.

Students who are unable to locate their tutor's Zoom address can email the tutor and request a Zoom link one hour before the appointment. As always, tutorials will last approximately 30 minutes.

Tips for When You Visit the Writing Center

If you're thinking about making an appointment or have already, here are some tips for when you come to the Writing Center that will help you get the most out of your visit.


Make Your Writing Center Appointment Sooner, Not Later

If you come to the Writing Center 24 hours or 24 minutes before an assignment is due, it's likely too late for tutors to assist with major changes.

You should be visiting the Writing Center several days to one week before an assignment is due.


Bring Your Assignment Sheet

Above all else, follow your professor’s instructions rather than going off in a different direction.

Your tutor can best help you through a review of the assignment’s requirements.


Bring All Notes & Writing

These include anything that you have completed, including current drafts, outlines, research notes, etc.


Understand We Aren't a Fix-It Shop

You won’t be dropping off or picking up your polished paper.

You’ll be doing the work in the Writing Center, with the help of our talented tutors.

Want to get a head start before your appointment?

Get advice from an English alumna on the college writing process and top writing resources.


Know That Good Writing Isn’t Simply Grammar or Knowing Where Commas Go

Most tutoring sessions focus on ideas, not grammar.

If you have perfect grammar but don’t address ideas and organization, your paper won’t be successful and get you the grade you want.

Writing is thinking, and the purpose of college is to produce good thinking.

If you enjoy wrestling with new or complicated ideas, your writing will improve, and you’ll enjoy the writing process more as well.

So remember to come see us in the Writing Center. No one’s genius blossoms without the help of others!