Outreach

Beth Newborg coordinates outreach requests for the Writing Center. Our outreach activities include setting up an information table at events, organizing outreach visits to classes, or having classes visit the Writing Center.

Information Tables

If you are planning an event at which you would like the Writing Center to have a table, contact Beth. We are happy to distribute flyers and answer questions that students may have about the services we offer.

Outreach Visits

A student from any undergraduate or graduate course at the University of Pittsburgh can come to the Writing Center to work on any University-related writing project, but can the Writing Center even come to your students? Yes!

Over the course of a semester, Writing Center consultants visit classes across the campus to talk with students about the services the Writing Center offers. At the request of an instructor, we can also speak with a class about overall elements of strong writing and about writing strategies or requirements particular to a field, discipline, or type of writing project. A Writing Center outreach visit might involve questions and answers about everything from comma use to maintaining focus in a longer paper to correctly using APA or MLA or Chicago style. Class visits can address what constitutes plagiarism and cover basic best practices for maintaining clarity and academic integrity when quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and referencing.

A Writing Center consultant visiting a class can alert students to resources (in addition to the Writing Center) that provide advice and examples regarding grammar, punctuation, focus, cohesion, introductions, conclusions, and use of sources. In addition, a Writing Center outreach visit can help students realize that writing is a complex set of engagements and tasks about which they should not hesitate to ask questions.

One of the aspects of Writing Center outreach visits that consultants enjoy the most is letting students know that, while strong academic writing does require considerable time spent alone, they are surrounded by a community of writers—their peers in the classroom, their instructors, the consultants at the Writing Center—and that this community exists because everyone in the community has important ideas and knowledge to share.

How can a faculty member set up a Writing Center Outreach visit? Contact Beth Newborg with ideas about what you would like a Writing Center visit to encompass. From there, we can work on scheduling an in-class visit. You can email her or leave a message for her at 412-624-6556 and she will call you back