Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES)

The Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES) enjoys easing the writing process for all students of every major. We are a free resource that offers support for undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of their reading and writing process. We are a diverse staff of Writing Consultants who represent a variety of backgrounds and majors and share the common goal of working with you to develop your skills and help you grow as a writer or a reader. You set the agenda for the appointment—whether you're concerned about getting started, or about clarity, grammar, organization, citations, or any other aspect of writing or the English language. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome – we look forward to working with you!

WALES Hours Spring 2020

Bakeless 206
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Elwell lobby
Sunday—Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Andruss (Schweiker Room)
Sunday - Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Mon - Thurs, 9:00 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Writing Center

How to find us

Director of the WALES
Ted Roggenbuck
Asst. Professor of English
Bakeless Center 206

Map and Directions (pdf)
Email wales@bloomu.edu or call 570-389-5232 to request an appointment!

Work with us ONLINE!

WALES consultants are available to conduct sessions online. Commuting students or any student who wants to work with a consultant but cannot get to one of our locations will be able to reach us online through a link we will provide. Students will be able to see and speak with consultants and share their documents, usually without having to download any new software. We will be offering workshops and individual tutorials for students who are interested in working with us online but are unfamiliar with Zoom, our online platform.

Who uses the WALES?

Though we work effectively with inexperienced writers, we also work effectively with upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from many disciplines. Students who use us are those who care about their writing and care about developing their abilities as writers. Writing is a process and good writers recognize the benefits of working on a draft with an audience.

We also help with reading strategies. Bring in your assigned reading material and read with us. We can show you a few strategies and help you become a stronger reader.

What happens during a tutoring session?

You control what happens during your tutoring session. We can work together to address issues related to organization, thesis, confusion about an assignment, how to get started with the paper, MLA/APA/Chicago format, or problems with mechanics. Typically (but not always) we have writers read papers out loud to help them catch their own problems and errors. We are confident that your paper will generally improve as a result of the session, but what we're most excited about is helping you to develop as a writer with each visit.

What does NOT happen during a tutoring session?

You can't drop off your paper and have us fix it. We help you work to improve your draft. We're happy to work with you, and we're happy to talk about mechanics or what you don't understand, but you are responsible for catching simple editing mistakes. For reading sessions, we won't tell you what your assigned reading means, but we'll work with you to understand it and help you develop strategies for more effective reading of future assignments.

We don't talk to your faculty or anyone about the sessions. We are a great audience and enjoy discussing your paper or anything writing or reading related to you. We don't judge what you've written or your abilities. Wherever you are as a writer or reader, we want to help you to become stronger overall.