Where STEM Meets Communication
The Online Technical Communication Center provides resources, videos, and printouts directly addressing STEM communication methods.
Graduate Student Resources
We provide specialized resources for graduate students, including events, workshops, and tailored consulting.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is now located at 1700 Illinois St
Both in-person and online appointments are available for Spring 2023. All in-person appointments take place at 1700 Illinois St. We look forward to working with you this semester!
Covid-19 Policies for in-Person Appointments
- We encourage all Orediggers to be considerate of others when you are sick. If you have Covid-19 or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, please schedule an online appointment with a consultant or reschedule your in-person appointment for a later date.
Watch our video below for more information about how the Writing Center can support you.
How to Make an Appointment
To visit the Writing Center, please go to our online scheduler at mines.mywconline.com. Log in or register for an account with your Mines email address. You will then be able to see the entire schedule and make, change, or cancel appointments. Appointments are 50 minutes in length. Although 30-minute appointments are available, we recommend you only use these for brainstorming sessions, outlining, or assignments under 300 words.
If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 20 minutes before your appointment time or the system will mark you as a no-show. After three no-shows, you will be locked out of the system.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
During your appointment, you and your consultant will discuss your goals and establish an agenda to help you reach them. You can expect sessions to last 50 minutes and to leave with anything from an outline to a rough draft to a final draft, depending on your stage of the writing process. With repeat appointments, you can expect to become a more competent, confident communicator.
For questions or concerns, please contact the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an Appointment
The Writing Center Offers In-Person & Online Support:
Writing Center Appointments: Both in-person and online appointments are available during the following days and times:
- Online and in-person, Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
- Online only, Sunday-Thursday: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Drop-in Hours with the Undergraduate Writing Fellows (UWFs): Our UWFs are undergraduate peer writing tutors who have completed NHV and have been trained by Writing Center faculty. They can help with any undergraduate assignment related to classes such as Cornerstone, NHV, Global Studies, and Chem 1 & 2. They can also help you with a variety of other projects, from cover letters and personal statements to presentations and essays. These hours do not require an appointment and take place in the Library’s Tutoring Room (take a right at Book & Brew) on the following evenings:
- Spring Drop-in Hours offered Sunday-Thursday evenings, 6-9pm
Thesis Formatting Hours: Graduate Student Government and the Office of Graduate Studies provides thesis formatting support via the Writing Center 2-3 weeks before upload deadlines. Students should prepare an electronic copy of their thesis for a preliminary format review. Students can receive help with issues such as margins, visual aids, page numbers, white space, and front matter. All formatting sessions will take place with the consultant titled “thesis formatting.” Appointments are available on the following days:
- Tuesday, March 7: 6-9PM
- Thursday, March 9: 6-9PM
- Tuesday, March 28: 6-9PM
- Thursday, March 30: 6-9PM
- Sunday, April 2: 6-8PM
- Tuesday, April 4: 6-9PM
- Thursday, April 6: 6-9PM
- Tuesday, April 11: 6-9PM
- Thursday, March 13: 6-9PM
- Sunday, March 16: 6-8PM
ADA Accessibility: The Writing Center’s new location, 1700 Illinois St., is not ADA accessible. If you require ADA accessibility, we are happy to work with you! Please consider scheduling an online appointment or e-mailing your consultant 48 hours in advance to set up a consultation in a common ADA accessible area on campus.
Resources & Initiatives
The Writing Center provides free academic support to all members of the campus community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We assist with any form of communication including papers, scholarship essays, and presentations at any stage of the process. The Writing Center’s goal is to support the entire Mines community, from students to faculty to alumni.
Online Technical Communication Center
The Online Technical Communication Center (OTCC) connects students and faculty with resources to develop their oral and written communication skills in STEM. All resources are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical 4.0 International license (CC-BY-NC). Our resources are designed to be shared and modified by the public to meet your individual communication needs.The OTCC is funded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Open Education Resources grant and the Colorado School of Mines Writing Center.
Our workshops are designed to address communication and writing issues commonly encountered in STEM. We tailor each workshop for our unique student body and faculty alike.
As a resource for faculty, we provide in-class writing and communication workshops, assistance with writing assessment, and help teaching writing successfully across the curriculum.
Click here to learn more about our faculty resources and to request an in-class workshop.
Graduate Student Resources
The Writing Center’s goal is to support the entire Mines community, from students to faculty to alumni. As a resource for graduate students, we work with thesis writing, journal articles, and we work with GSG to provide thesis formatting reviews. We also hold graduate writing hours separate from our standard hours to cater to graduate student needs.
Click here to learn more about our graduate student resources.
The Writing Center hosts a signature event each year known as the Thesis Writers Retreat. Exclusive to graduate students, this retreat is a chance to write with your peers, learn from breakout sessions on a variety of topics, and work with professional writing consultants to best portray your research.
Writing Across the Curriculum Research
From 1998 until 2011, Mines engaged in an initiative to develop best practices for writing across the curriculum. Please click here to read through our results and best practices.
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