Overview of Programs
Writing and Speaking support at NC State includes two centers:
- Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services (WSTS) for undergraduate students
- Graduate Writing Center (GWC) for graduate students
Both centers have primary locations in the UTC at 101 Park Shops. WSTS and the GWC are committed to a peer-centered model of writing support. Peer consultants are trained to provide feedback for writers based on clarity, structure and organization. The goal is to ensure the writer’s ideas are communicated clearly and effectively to the intended audience. Grammatical issues are addressed as they impact the meaning and clarity of the writing. While consultants are not editors, they work with writers to help them become better editors of their own work. All writing support services and available handouts are free!
View the video below to find out more about WSTS.
View the video below to find out more about GWC.
Who can use the centers?
Any actively enrolled NC State student can use the appropriate graduate or undergraduate writing support center.
Do I need to make an appointment?
At WSTS you may make appointments or use drop-in services which are available to students on a first-come/first-served basis. The GWC is an appointment only service.
What kind of appointments are available?
- Appointments are made in 30 minute and 60 minute blocks.
- All students are allowed one hour of appointments per day, up to two hours per week
- Appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance
When should I visit a writing center?
Visit WSTS or the GWC at any point in your writing process. Consultants can help you brainstorm, outline, organize ideas, read through drafts, revise, practice, and even work through writer’s block with you. Be sure to check out our available handouts which can help you before or after your appointment.
What types of writing can I bring to the center?
As long as you are an actively enrolled NC State student, you can bring any piece of writing to a center: assignments, application essays, personal statements for scholarships or graduate school applications, emails, cover letters, job materials, grant proposals, dissertations, or any other piece of writing on which you are working. Any time you want to make sure that your intended message is communicated clearly to your audience visit a center. We can help with citation formatting, but unfortunately we cannot help with Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) formatting and Microsoft Office tech support.
*For resumes and curricula vitae, the consultants will help you with the content of your document, for formatting rules and regulations you should refer to the Career Development Center or your adviser.
Will you proofread my paper, thesis, or dissertation for me?
Neither WSTS or the GWC is an editing service. Students must be actively engaged for the entire session. If grammatical issues impact clarity, the consultants will help identify and correct those errors; however, the consultants’ goal is always that you gain the skills to continue this editing work on your own, not to create an error-free document. The Raleigh/Durham area is home to a number of universities and professional presses. If you require professional editing help, a Google search should provide you with several options.
Can I bring a group paper to WSTS or GWC?
Yes. In order to work most effectively, however, all members of the group must be present at the appointment.