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

  • Stunning Title

    What did you think of my amazing title? Did it capture your attention, draw you in like student to extra credit in the last week of class? Titles are important. Yes, your teacher probably won’t grade your title. Yes, your teacher has to read your paper regardless of how unattractive and dull your title may […]
  • What’s the Word Frequency Value?

    Students frequently make the mistake of using the same word frequently in their paper which frequently makes the writing sound rough. Did that sentence sound bad? As you’ve probably guessed, it’s because I used the same word three times in a single sentence. This problem relates to a concept I call word frequency. Every word […]
  • Don’t Nod on the Telephone

    In psychology, there’s a concept called “egocentrism.” Now before you start thinking of that stuck-up acquaintance you just can’t stand, know that in this context, it refers to young children who haven’t yet learned to think from other people’s perspectives. For example, a child who hasn’t progressed past egocentrism might nod when asked a question […]
  • I Am a Writer

    I always loved reading as a child, but loving reading doesn’t make you a writer. Then I began to write down my own stories—journals of my fantastical tales of superheroes based off of my best friends and science fiction adventures about alien cows and radioactive corn. I wrote about anything and everything I could imagine, […]


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