We provide writing support to all SAU students, faculty, and staff.

Our friendly and knowledgeable team of undergraduate writing peer readers are available to assist you at any stage of the writing process—helping you to gather research, draft an outline, revise a first (or second or third) draft, navigate the documentation process, or polish a final draft until it shines!

We work with individuals from all disciplines, on any writing projects. That includes academic essays and papers, non-academic papers, lab reports, abstracts, cover letters, creative writing, personal statements, resumes, and grant proposals. Bring whatever you’ve got and we’ll offer feedback, working together with you to make revisions.

Our one-on-one consultations take place in the Writing Center, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Our goal is not only to help with your current writing project but to foster skills and confidence that you can apply to your next project.

Writing is tough work, no matter what your level of experience, but you are not alone.

WRITING CENTER HOURS

MONDAY – THURSDAY

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FRIDAY

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

LOCATION & CONTACT

Boyer Building, Room. 306
919.516.4389
writingcenter@st-aug.edu

FOR STUDENTS

If you’re new to the Writing Center (or just haven’t visited us in a while), we encourage you to stop by Boyer Building 306 to speak to one our peer readers or schedule an appointment. In the meantime, the FAQ’s below provide information about our services and policies.

FOR FACULTY & STAFF

Faculty and staff play a critical role in the Writing Center’s ability to support students academically. We encourage all Saint Augustine’s faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the Writing Center and its services. You are always welcome to stop by Boyer Building, Rm. 306, and visit us—to ask questions, speak with our peer readers, or just check out the space.

FAQs

Can I drop off my paper?

No. The Writing Center is not a proofreading, editing, or paper-finishing service. Our first concern is making you a better writer. For that, we need to discuss your writing with you.Remember that the role of the peer reader is to provide support and guidance, not to tell you what to write or to correct all your errors for you.

Will a peer reader correct my paper?

No. We are not here to correct your paper or fix its errors for you. Rather, we are here to help you identify errors, and to equip you with strategies for correcting and fixing them yourself. 

Why should I visit the Writing Center?

Feedback is invaluable to producing the best quality writing. Even your professors discuss their work with colleagues and editors before publishing it. Writing is too hard to do alone. Writers need readers. In the Writing Center, you’ll get a chance to discuss your writing with a highly-trained and skilled reader—your peer reader. You’ll see your writing through the eyes of a fellow student, one who can provide you with high-quality advice and plenty of useful tips and strategies. Our peer readers are writers themselves; they care about your work and they’ll help you practice the skills you need to write with clarity and confidence.

When should I visit the Writing Center?

In order to give yourself time to apply what you’ve learned in your consultation, plan to visit the Writing Center AT LEAST a day in advance of your deadline. Revision takes time. Scheduling an appointment just hours (or minutes) before the paper is due is not an effective way to improve your writing.

What happens during a consultation?

In a consultation, you’ll sit down for a 30- or 60-minute conversation with a peer reader about your writing. You’ll talk about the assignment and its requirements, any special concerns you have, and what you’d like to focus on in your conversation. Together, you’ll set goals for the consultation. Then, often, the peer reader will have you read your paper aloud. He/she will read along with you, answering any questions you have and asking his/her own questions to clarify your ideas, sentences, and paragraphs. You’ll discuss strategies for making your writing stronger. Any aspect of the paper or process may receive attention, including (but not limited to): focus on assignment/instructions, organization of content, development of ideas, clarity and precision, audience and purpose, research/sources, documentation and formatting, style and tone, and spelling, grammar and mechanics.

How will my professor know that I’ve had a consultation in the Writing Center?

After your consultation has ended, the peer reader will file a Writing Center Report Form. This form provides official documentation of your visit. A copy of the Writing Center Report Form will automatically be emailed to you. You can forward it to your instructor, or print it out and hand in a hard copy—or provide us with your instructor’s email address, and have one directly sent to his/her inbox.

Will I be guaranteed a better grade if I visit the Writing Center?

Peer readers will not grade your paper. They will talk about it with you, and give you strategies for improving it, but they won’t speculate on the grade it will receive.

How do I set up an appointment?

Appointments are set up online, using our appointment manager, WC ONLINE. Visit www.st-aug.myconline.com to get started. 

What should I bring to my appointment?

If you have a draft, bring 2 copies of it to your appointment. (You can print in the Writing Center.) You’ll keep one copy, and the Writing Center will keep the other. You should also bring your assignment sheet, your syllabus, any notes you may have, and the research or materials you used to write the paper.

What kind of writing can I get help with during an appointment?

We welcome all types of writing: academic essays, research papers, lab reports, reflections, memos, press releases. We prioritize academic work, but we can also help with scholarship essays, cover letters, resumes, and personal statements.

What should I do if I need to re-schedule?

Re-scheduling your appointment is as easy as logging back into www.st-aug.mywconline.com, cancelling your existing appointment, and signing up for another. You can always stop by the Writing Center if you need help.

The appointment I wanted is taken, and there are no other times available that fit my schedule. What do I do?

At peak times throughout the semester (before midterm and final exams, usually) the Writing Center’s schedule can get very full and tight. If you cannot find an available appointment time that fits your schedule, you have a few options:

  • Check the schedule on WC Online several times a day. Students do occasionally cancel appointments, and when they do, those times become available immediately.
  • Try to be seen as a walk-in. That means: visit the Writing Center at the top of the hour and let us know that you are hoping to see a peer reader (even though the schedule is full). If someone else fails to show up for his or her appointment, you can claim the consultation. (However, if everyone shows up, you will be out of luck.)

CONSULTATION OPTIONS

SAU WRITING CENTER

Book an appointment at www.st-aug.mywconline.com to have your consultation in person here on campus.  You’ll sit down, one-on-one with an undergraduate peer reader to talk about your writing. Together, you’ll set goals for your conversation, choosing two or three areas or aspects upon which to focus, and then you’ll begin addressing those elements in your writing.

Make the most of your consultation by addressing larger—less grammatical—elements of your paper. Things like:

  • thesis statements
  • the organization of body paragraphs
  • the clarity and flow of ideas
  • the quality of the supporting arguments and research

What to bring:

  • TWO COPIES OF YOUR DRAFT
  • Your assignment sheet or writing prompt and/or the assignment rubric (if you have one)
  • Any research or materials you might need—books, journal articles, past class assignments, etc
  • A willingness to talk about your work

SMARTHINKING

What is Smarthinking?
Through the Smarthinking Writing Center, students can submit essays, across the curriculum, and receive a thorough critique from a Smarthinking tutor, usually within 24 hours. 
Students retrieve their returned essays from their Archives within their Smarthinking account.

Who are the tutors?
Smarthinking tutors are Smarthinking employees who are recruited, hired, trained, scheduled, managed and evaluated by Smarthinking’s staff.  Smarthinking tutors are recruited from a variety of sources, including graduate students, trained college peer tutors, community college faculty, and high school teachers.  Only tutors with strong backgrounds in tutoring / teaching in their respective fields are hired by Smarthinking.  Over 90% of our tutors have a Masters degree or a PhD in their field and on average our tutors have 9+ years of teaching experience.

How do students access Smarthinking? 
Through CAMS. Click HERE for a handout with step-by-step instructions.

SPECIAL EVENT & WORKSHOPS

The Writing Center is dedicated to offering a range of student support programming.Visit this page weekly for programming updates! Do you have a programming idea? E-mail us at writingcenter@st-aug.edu 
Comp Camp Friday afternoons 12-1 p.m., in the Writing Center