About Us & Our Services
Who We Are and What We Do
The UNO Writing Center is not just a place; it is people: writers talking with writers about writing. Established in 2005 through Programs of Excellence funding, the center evolved from vision to actuality through the efforts of Shelton Hendricks, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Michael Skau, former chair of the Department of English; and Connie Eberhart, the center’s first director. Dorianne Richards directed the center from 2007 until her retirement in 2010, then Nora Bacon and Marsha Kruger directed it until 2013. The current directors are Travis Adams and Kathy Radosta.
Services We Offer
The center’s primary mission is to provide a place for writers to talk with writers about writing projects. Consultations with trained writing consultants last 30 or 60 minutes. During that time, the consultant will pose and answer questions, provide feedback, and coach writers you through any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to final editing. Writing consultants can assist with:
- Deciding on a topic
- Generating ideas
- Focusing ideas
- Enhancing writing style
- Handling technical details of grammar, documentation, and format
- Understanding different forms of writing
- Becoming a more confident writer
Consultations for graduate students
The Office of Graduate Studies and a partnership with UNMC fund a limited number of Graduate Consultants on our staff. While these consultants have more experience consulting with MA/PhD level writing projects, all of our staff have been trained and are available to meet with graduate students and faculty. Graduate Consultants are identified on our schedules with an * by their names.
Orientations (10-15 minute presentations delivered by writing center staff) are designed to introduce students to the services available through the UNO Writing Center. For more information, access to introductory materials, or to request an orientation, please visit our Writing Center Orientation page.
The Writing Center Director, Associate Director, and Graduate Consultants offer a variety of workshops on topics of interest to the university’s writing community. Presented at our central location in ASH 150 or in the classroom, presentation topics range from pre-writing strategies to documentation styles. To inquire about a workshop for your students, department, or program, contact Dr. Travis Adams.
Arts & Sciences
Our main location is in Arts & Sciences Hall, room 150. In addition to thousands of consultations each year, we hold workshops, consultant training, and faculty writing retreats here. ASH 154, dubbed the “West Wing” is also part of our space, and is used for overflow sessions, workshops, meetings, and staff education.
Consultants are available in Mammel Hall room 131, which is especially convenient for students taking classes or living on South Campus.
Consultants are available on the main floor of the UNO Library near the circulation desk.
Located on the main floor of McGoogan Library (Wittson Hall, 6th floor), the Writing Center @ UNMC offers convenient writing consulting for UNO and UNMC students, faculty, and staff.