Writing Center



Liz Smith, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in English
Phone: 970.943.2124
Office Location: Taylor Hall 220A

Writing Center consultants can help students at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing final drafts.


At the Writing Center, students work one-on-one with Writing Center staff to improve their writing skills and academic writing assignments. You can come to the Writing Center at any stage of the writing process, whether it’s to brainstorm ideas and get started on a paper topic, develop your writing in progress, incorporate feedback for revisions, or work on polishing and editing. We offer three types of appointments:

  1. 25-minute appointments
  2. 50-minute appointments
  3. Online appointments (ONE online appt. per semester, submissions of up to 1,000 words)


Monday3-9 p.m.
Tuesday12:30-2 p.m.; 3-9 p.m.
Wednesday3-9 p.m.
Thursday12:30-2 p.m.; 3-9 p.m.
Friday3-6 p.m.

Appointments begin on the hour or half-hour. Although walk-in appointments are always welcome, students are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments in advance to minimize wait times and ensure they can meet with a Writing Center Consultant before an assignment is due. If you are running late for your appointment, call the Writing Center at 970.943.7079.

Schedule An Appointment

What to expect

Writing Center consultants are students who have been trained to assist student writers achieve their own writing goals. To be clear, the Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service, nor do consultants “pre-grade” drafts or teach students to produce “perfect” papers. Instead, we emphasize improving students’ writing strengths and abilities, and we use student writer’s ideas, questions and drafts as starting points for accomplishing this end.

Because each writing consultation calls for an individualized approach to each student writer's needs, the Writing Center consultants use reflective listening and employ the role of cooperative writing workshop readers. In all cases, the consultants are here to help students articulate, clarify and shape their own ideas.

This is what we hear at the Writing Center . . .

"Writing a paper can be very stressful, and having experienced tutors to help clarify and focus your work is an invaluable asset, bringing both peace of mind and improved writing skills." —Theo Burgevin, Wildlife Biology

"I am extremely grateful for Western's Writing Center. The Writing Center has helped me to identify my specific writing problems such as fragments and tense issues. The tutors at the Writing Center work patiently with me while I try to identify my writing problems myself and they answer all the questions that I have. I believe that my writing has improved from the first day I came to Western."  —Erin Okamoto, History