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The Writing Center

For Undergraduates

The University Writing Center is available to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Denver. We work with first-year students in their first quarter of college courses, doctoral students who are finishing their dissertations, masters students who are preparing to start internships, and everyone in between. 

We encourage all students to make writing consultations part of their regular writing habits. Having a conversation with a writing consultant can be an invaluable part of the process: a consultant can ask you questions, introduce you to new strategies or practices, be a sounding board for your ideas, and help you develop new perspectives on your work. 

We also encourage students to inform themselves of the full range of support available for writing on campus and to let us know how we can help you with your work. You're welcome to write to director Dr. Juli Parrish and assistant director Megan Kelly at wrc@du.edu anytime. 

WRITING RESOURCES

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Writers need resources, and you can access many at our ePortfolio site:

  • Citation handouts and links to handouts, videos, and official guides on APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian styles. Most academic writing requires that you work within an established citation style. A style system provides a systematic set of guidelines: these guidelines  help writers communicate with readers, and they help readers to understand writers. 
  • One-stop guides to all kinds of writing help from the best writing sites we've found. Having access to whole sites and not just specific topics means that you may be able to answer questions about writing you didn't know you had. 
  • Help with genres: what is a lit review? what are the basic moves in a grant proposal? how do you write a methods section? We've curated particularly good resources in a variety of media: handouts, podcasts, videos, and samples of the genres you're working on.

If there are resources that you rely on in your writing, let us know! We'll link to them and introduce them to our consultants.

SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS

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Whatever your course level or subject matter, Writing Center consultants and Writing Program faculty will work with you to plan a workshop for your group of 4+ students.

  • Are you presenting your research in a poster for the first time?
  • Do you want to learn how to synthesize source material in a literature review?
  • Do you want to talk about writing blogs or lab reports or journal articles or grant proposals?
  • Do you and three classmates want to talk about the papers you are writing for a class?

Write to wrc@du.edu to request a small group workshop on any writing issue, situation, assignment, or genre. Please give us at least two weeks notice.

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Watch this space for information about satellite sites, writing groups, word game nights, exhibits, and other writing programs. 

CAMPUS SUPPORT

The University Writing Center is one of a number of offices and programs on campus that can help students with the academic, intellectual, cultural, creative, and professional work of writing. Consider seeking help from these offices.

University Libraries Research Center

The Research Center offers expert guidance through the research process:

  • From refining a topic → to finding and evaluating relevant sources → to creating a bibliography.
  • A consultation session can ease anxiety about a project or paper and teach research and evaluation skills for life-long learning.
  • One-on-one research consultations are available to current DU students, faculty, and staff at any stage of the research process.
  • Consultations are held at the Research Center in the Anderson Academic Commons (Main Level, room 240).

Language Tutoring Center

The Center for World Languages and Cultures offers peer tutoring for DU students seeking extra help with language courses, conversation practice in a foreign language, or language proficiency exam preparation. Tutoring is held at the Language Center in the Academic Commons.

Undergraduate Research Center

Undergraduate research is "an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline," (Council on Undergraduate Research). The Undergraduate Research Center provides the educational resources and funding to help students develop their research skills.

Career Services

Career@DU is a collection of career offices across campus designed to meet the needs of every student. Whether you are a traditional undergraduate, a graduate student in a professional program or a student with unique needs, we have career advisors, and programs dedicated to supporting your career and professional development. Read below for a description of each unit and to determine which is best suited to meet your needs.

Disability Services Program

DSP is dedicated to giving students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses and activities. DSP provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Accommodations afford students equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses, and activities.

Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (CLIE) is the student affairs division of the University of Denver. We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future.