You may be asked to participate in advertising
the Writing Center in a variety of ways.
In all discussions of the Writing Center,
especially with students, keep your comments positive and upbeat.
do you get the word out? Following are some ideas for Writing Center
directors and/or tutors to try:
Word of Mouth
Writing Center services to friends and classmates and encourage tutees to
tell their friends about the Center. Take opportunities in class
discussions when the professor is explaining writing assignments to
mention the Writing Center. Always keep your comments positive and your
You may be asked to visit classes early in the semester to
introduce the Writing Center. These visits can be particularly valuable in
freshman orientation classes. Take this opportunity to introduce yourself
as a tutor, to explain the services of the Writing Center, and to answer
any questions the students might have. Refer to specific writing
assignments in that class as appropriate. Also, consider presenting a
quick skit with another tutor to provide an example of a typical tutoring
session; this can help spark student interest.
You may be asked to introduce the Writing Center at a faculty
meeting early in the semester. Also, the tutor may be able to visit
division or department meetings; take the opportunity to ask faculty
how the Writing Center can help meet their specific needs.
Workshops for Faculty
Your institution may offer an annual or bi-annual workshop for
the faculty on Writing Across the Curriculum to encourage the use of
writing assignments and exercises in all classes and to emphasize the
importance of using writing to learn. This could provide a key opportunity
to advertise and encourage the use of Writing Center services, and you may
be asked to help.
A sample outline for a WAC Workshop.
You may be asked to partner with particular writing-intensive
or Flyer to the Faculty and/or the Student Body
may be asked to inform the faculty and/or student body of services in the
Writing Center at the beginning of each semester in written form; send an
e-mail or place a flyer in their campus mailboxes. Provide faculty with a
blurb about the Writing Center to include in their syllabi, such as
All students are encouraged
to take advantage of the resources available in the Writing Center,
located adjacent to the Bell Library computer lab. See http://www.montreat.edu/writing
for more information.
or Flyer to Staff
may be asked to inform appropriate staff, such as student services and
academic staff, about Writing Center services, location, and hours, so
they can pass along the information when questions from students arise.
Also inform resident assistants to encourage students on their hallways to
visit the Writing Center.
Center Information on the Web
may be asked to create a Writing Center web page with anything a student
or faculty member might need to know about the Center—the location, the
tutoring hours, procedures, resources available in the Center, the names
and/or photos of the tutors, contact information for the director, and a
list of frequently asked questions. Include the web address in all other
A sample Writing
Center web page (Montreat College)
may be asked to create posters to advertise the Writing Center. Provide
Writing Center hours and brief info on key bulletin boards on campus,
including the library, student center, dorm lobbies, classrooms, and even
Consider an advertising slogan for the Writing Center, an interesting
logo, or other gimmick to catch students’ attention. For example, one
Writing Center uses a pencil as its logo, and its posters around campus
are in the shape of a pencil. The Montreat College Writing Center uses a
different question or statement on each poster to catch students’
attention; some of these include
does the comma go?”
“How do I format footnotes?”
“I need to write 10 pages, but I only have 3!”
“I have writer’s block!!”
“How do I write a book critique?”
may be asked to place table placards with Writing Center hours and brief
info in the cafeteria or campus grill.
Newspaper or on Campus Radio or TV StationsAnother
way to get the word out is to advertise in newspapers or on radio or TV.
Again, a catchy slogan and/or logo is needed. Be sure to include key
information, such as location and tutoring hours.
can print basic Writing Center info on freebies, such as bookmarks,
pencils, pens, or post-it notes. Put these in student and/or faculty
mailboxes or give them away with textbook purchases in the campus
bookstore at the beginning of each semester.
Writing Center could host contests, such as worst sentence or grammar
puzzlers. Be sure to publicize the contest as well as the winner(s) and
include key info about the Writing Center.
an open house for the Writing Center near the beginning of the semester.
Advertise it widely, invite faculty as well as students, and provide
refreshments and door prizes.