We are here to help!
The Speaking and Writing Center supports oral and written communication skills development through one-on-one or group consultations that address every stage of the composing process from brainstorming to final presentation and editing including, but not limited to, speaking and writing anxiety, developing ideas, constructing visual aids and incorporating visuals into a paper, taking a project from paper to presentation, structure and organization, achieving unity and coherence, style and voice, and a variety of citation styles.
We are here to help at any stage in the process – visit us early and often for assistance with your speaking and writing projects. UMW students, staff, and faculty can schedule 30- or 60-minute appointments with a consultant individually or as a group.
We are committed to aiding development of written and oral skills aimed towards effectively communicating a diversity of views. The Speaking and Writing Center adheres strictly to the Honor Code: Consultants will not compose any portion of a paper or presentation for a student, nor will they do research for a student.
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We are located in the Hurley Convergence Center (HCC) on the 4th floor in room 429.
The Speaking and Writing Center (SWC) supports all speaking and writing projects for any class offered at UMW by providing free consultations to students at any stage of their academic careers who are interested in developing and improving written and oral communication skills. The University of Mary Washington’s Speaking and Writing Center seeks to enhance and support high quality undergraduate and graduate education through engaged tutorials, class workshops, and community outreach. The SWC promotes lifelong learning by encouraging students to apply their knowledge and broad-based educational experiences to their own projects, thus developing habits that translate into becoming better writers, speakers, and academicians during and beyond life at the University of Mary Washington.