Student writing

The Center for Writing Excellence provides writing support to the faculty, staff, and students of Southeast, as well as writers from beyond the campus. The Center has three main areas of activity.

The Center for Writing Excellence also now coordinates TurnItIn.  Please visit our TurnItIn information page for help signing up or using the website.

Writing Proficiency Exams

The center oversees the administration and scoring of placement exams and outcomes assessment exams in college writing.

Writing Lab

An online and face-to-face resource to assist students at all levels to develop as writers.

Writing in the Disciplines

Support for faculty as writing instructors in their areas of expertise.

Quick Reference Guide

Tutorials for common writing problems, how-to formatting guides, and guides to both APA and MLA citation styles.

CWE Newsletter

Writing Wednesdays

  • What Can I Argue About?

    Much of college writing is centered around your ability to argue. Instead of just filling pages with facts and figures, a college paper often requires you to prove a point or explain an idea, in essence arguing. The first step in this process is to come up with an argument. Sometimes, this is the trickiest […]
  • Those Pesky Numbers

    When we write an essay or story, we usually assume we’re working only with words. However, numbers have a way of creeping into our writing, much like they do in everyday life. Whether it’s dimensions or dollar signs, writers need to know how to format numbers. When do you use numerals as opposed to words? […]
  • The Art of Writing

    When I first started college, I was frustrated by the fact that I was required to take so many “basic” courses—algebra, American history, and especially English. Like most incoming freshman, I had taken four years of these subjects in high school. I wanted to expand my knowledge, not just sit through a semester-long recap of […]
  • Good News for Grammar!

    Over the past several decades, there has been much discussion and debate among English teachers and linguists over singular, third person pronouns. Although “he,” “she,” and “you” are easy to use, confusion arises when a pronoun could refer to either a man or woman. Consider the following sentences: A professor is held responsible for the […]


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