Campus Writing Program

Campus Writing Program

Purpose and Mission

The primary function of the Campus Writing Program is to provide consultation to faculty members on the use of writing in classes; it also offers course development grants and conducts research into the efficacy of writing instruction. The Writing Program administers Writing Tutorial Services (WTS), the writing center on the IUB campus.

The Campus Writing Program is dedicated to improving our students’ education by promoting writing as a tool to improve both learning and teaching. The emphasis on writing is not merely an attempt to give students additional practice in basic composition skills, but is intended to foster the ability to articulate complex positions in a manner appropriate to the discipline.

The Writing Program has three missions:

  • To assist faculty, through consultations and workshops, as they work to incorporate writing into their programs
  • To assist students, through tutorials and writing groups, as they work to meet the demands of those programs
  • To promote Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) and to research the efficacy of WAC and WID claims

Consultations

  • We help instructors to...
    • Craft effective writing assignments
    • Build the writing process into courses
    • Work effectively with international and multilingual writers
    • Grade fairly and efficiently
    • Use rubrics effectively
    • Train AIs and UTAs to grade and respond to writing
    • Comment productively on student papers
    • Integrate brief writing assignments into courses
    • Use visual texts as writing prompts
    • Manage the peer review process
  • We help students to...
    • Develop strong thesis statements
    • Develop effective outlines
    • Make the best use of WTS
    • Find and integrate credible sources
    • Address problems with grammar
    • Understand and avoid plagiarism
    • Write effective answers to essay exam questions

Writing Tutorial Services

WTS Tutor assists a person with their writing

Writing Tutorial Services is located in the Information Commons on the first floor of the Wells Library and participates in the Academic Support Centers in Briscoe, Forest, and Teter Residence Halls. About 40 tutors—graduate students and undergraduates—are employed to assist IU students working on writing assignments for any of their courses. WTS’ phone number, 855-6738, is the number students should call to schedule an appointment for tutoring at the central location. (Tutoring at the other locations is on a walk-in basis.) To request a class visit introducing WTS to their students or to arrange for a course-specific tutor, it is suggested that faculty members call the Writing Program office, 855-4928.

The Campus Writing Program also regularly investigates the effectiveness of the tutoring provided in Writing Tutorial Services by surveying students, interviewing faculty members whose students use WTS, and by studying in various ways the interactions between tutors and students. The results of several of these investigations have been presented at national conferences.