Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio

Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES)

The Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES), supports students’ growth as writers and readers. We enjoy easing the writing process for all students from any background working in any major. We also enjoy helping students develop strategies for reading and making sense of research and course material. Students set the agenda for each appointment—whether they’re concerned about their reading material, about getting started on a writing project, about improving clarity, grammar, organization, or citations, or about any other aspect of reading, writing, or the English language. Our diverse group of WALES Consultants represent a variety of majors and share the common goal of working with students to develop skills and strategies that help them grow as readers and writers. Email us at wales@bloomu.edu to set up an appointment.

WALES will be open in BAKELESS 206 and ONLINE via ZOOM

For Spring 2021 most of our work will be conducted over Zoom. When students return to campus, it will be possible to come to WALES in the Bakeless Center for the Humanities (room 206), but your session will be conducted via Zoom. You must be able to share your document on a screen, even if you come to our center. Coming to WALES is a good alternative for students whose computers or network connections are unreliable or who need a space they can work productively.

WALES will maintain a virtual space in Zoom during most of our regular hours. Using your Huskies email, contact wales@bloomu.edu to request an appointment or a Zoom link to work with the first available consultant. You can also come into WALES and work with the first available consultant, often immediately.

WALES hours for Spring 2021

We are available online via Zoom.
Sunday nights 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

We are open in Bakeless 206 for drop-in and scheduled appointments.
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Students can drop in to Bakeless 206 or request an appointment through email: wales@bloomu.edu. Students must provide a Huskies email address to request an appointment.

Ted Roggenbuck, Director
Professor of English
Bakeless Center 206
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.