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What We Do

In addition to providing drop-in tutoring appointments in writing, reading, and study skills, the Reading/Writing Center offers several other services for students and faculty.

Courses for Credit

The Reading/Writing Center offers two one-credit courses, both conducted in an individualized tutorial format.

  • ENGL-111, Introduction to College Discourse, is recommended for first-year students; it allows students to learn about and practice the kinds of skills, strategies, and ways of thinking required in college-level academic situations.  Readings, assignments, and written reflections are designed to enable students to grow in five areas of learning: Self-confidence and independence; college-level skills and strategies; knowledge and understanding; language; and self-reflection.  Permission of instructor required.
  • ENGL-211, Critical Strategies for College Discourse, is designed for students who have completed ENGL-111.  This course is offered as a guided independent study in research methods for liberal arts classes.  It covers processes of inquiry, critical reading, research, reasoned evaluation and written expression.  Permission of instructor required.

Writing Fellows

LSFY instructors may request Writing Fellows be assigned to one of their classes.  Writing Fellows are current RWC tutors who act as experienced mentors to the students and assist their transition to college-level writing.  Writing Fellows primarily serve as preliminary readers for first drafts and respond with questions and instruction designed to help writers re-think, re-focus, and clarify their writing.


The RWC offers occasional workshops for students, faculty, and on-campus organizations.  Recent topics have included "Surviving Finals" and "Writing Effective Personal Statements."  Check our news feed for upcoming workshops and other events.