Writing Excellence Studio @ Tech (WEST)

The Writing Excellence Studio @ Tech (WEST) offers free one-on-one writing consultation for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty/staff of all disciplines. From freshman composition papers to doctoral dissertations and job materials, we can help you refine your writing at any level. 

WEST aims to help writers develop as writers. We are not a proofreading or editing service, nor will we "fix" your paper for you. While we are happy to help with grammar, language, citation, and other issues, our primary agenda will be to help develop your larger skills as a writer. Consultations will be interactive, with both writer and consultant playing active roles in a conversation about the piece of writing.

We welcome writing at all stages, from brainstorming or early drafts to polished full drafts. Our consultants will be happy to help you talk about your writing, regardless of how "finished" it may be.

Appointments are 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the length of the writing involved. For a paper shorter than 6 pages, we recommend 30 minutes. For something longer, we recommend 60 minutes. Due to increased traffic, we ask that students limit their appointments to no more than one hour per week.

We are located in Henderson Hall 306B. If you are unable to come in person, you can choose to meet with your consultant via Zoom or Teams. 

Our Fall 2023 hours are:

  • Monday 10:00-5:00
  • Tuesday 10:00-11:00, 12:00-5:30
  • Wednesday 10:00-5:30
  • Thursday 10:00-11:00, 1:00-5:30
  • Friday 10:00-12:00

We also have synchronous online evening hours on Sunday 5:00-8:00, Tuesday 6:00-8:00, and Thursday 5:00-8:00.

WEST will open for the fall semester on Tuesday, September 5, and remain open until Sunday, December 3. WEST will be closed during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and on-campus holidays.

Our Final Exam Week hours are:

  • Monday 10:00-5:00
  • Tuesday 10:00-5:00
  • Wednesday 10:00-5:00
  • Thursday 10:00-4:00

We also have synchronous online evening hours on Monday 5:00-7:00, Tuesday 3:30-7:00, and Wednesday 5:00-7:00.

Scheduling an Individual Writing Consultation:

Go to www.tntech.edu/techconnect.
Log in using your Tennessee Tech username and password (like your email). Then select the following:

  • Care Unit: Tutoring
  • Location: WEST (Writing Excellence Studio)
  • Service: Writing Consultation (WEST)
  • Meeting Type: In Person or Virtual (Zoom)

That will bring up a list of available consultants and times. Choose the person whose schedule best fits yours!

Specialty Workshop Request

To request a specialized workshop for your class or group, please contact the director to discuss your needs.


Meet our Fall 2023 Consultants!

To contact us:

  • Please direct all inquires to Dr. Brian Williams, Director of WEST. Email is preferred (bjwilliams@tntech.edu), but you can also reach him at (931) 372-3338.
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