~From Intern Joyce Bohling, pictures by Intern Haley Huffman

On Thursday, the CSU Writing Center kicked off the semester with an Open House. 

Writing Center consultants set up outside of Eddy Hall on the morning of the Open House.

With free snacks and coffee, the Writing Center invited students to sign up for an account they’ll be able to use throughout their time at CSU to make both face-to-face and online appointments. (The coffee, by the way, is always available to anyone who makes an appointment.)


Open House big group
Students start to gather.
Client making appointment
A client has a snack and makes an appointment online. It’s almost too exciting!

The Writing Center also raffled off goodie bags and held a competition to win a giant Teddy bear. The bear went to whoever suggested the best name, (see below for the results of that contest!).

We want to win this bear!
“We want to win this bear!”

Writing consultant Shirley Coenen encourages students not to be anxious about making an appointment. “The Writing Center is just a low-key place where you can come in and have a conversation.”

Consultant Shirley Coenen with a Writing Center client
Consultant Shirley Coenen with a Writing Center client


Her colleague Mackenzie Owens also wants to remind students that students of all skill levels benefit from working with a consultant. “Even if you think you know everything, you don’t. You can always improve in writing.” In fact, even some CSU faculty go to the Writing Center for feedback on their work.

The Writing Center will be open for the remainder of the semester in Eddy 23, 10am to 4pm Monday through Thursday and in Morgan Library Room 171, 6 to 8 pm. To set up an account or make an appointment, visit their website at writingcenter.colostate.edu.


Jenny Levin, Interim Director of the Writing Center, had this to add, “Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Open House on Friday! It was great to meet so many students and to talk about how we can help with any writing you are doing. We had 79 entries for our Writing Center Bear competition. The winning name was F. Scott Fitzbearald, submitted by Gabriel Segarra – congratulations Gabriel!”

Introducing F. Scott Fitzbearald
Introducing F. Scott Fitzbearald

Jenny adds, “If you missed the Open House but would like to know more about our services, please stop by Eddy 23. We are open between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday – Thursday (and we also have evening hours in the library). We promise a friendly welcome and some fresh coffee! You can also go to our website, writingcenter.colostate.edu, to schedule an appointment for a consultation.”