Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio

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!

Online WALES Support for Summer

For the summer, WALES will offer online consulting through Zoom, through which you will be able to speak and share your text with a WALES Consultant. To arrange for an online session, send an appointment request to wales@bloomu.edu from your Huskies email address at least 24 hours in advance.

We will monitor email during the day, and you should receive confirmation of your online appointment within 12 hours of making your request. Our space in Bakeless 206 will not be open this summer.

At the time of the appointment, please log into your Huskies email account. You should receive a link to an online room. Though there is no software to download, you will have to choose a user name (there is no specific requirement for your name). You will also be asked to provide your student number and other information, as you would in a face-to-face session in the WALES.

Writing Center

WALES

Director
Ted Roggenbuck
Assistant Professor of English
Bakeless Center 206
wales@bloomu.edu
Map and Directions

 

Who uses 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.