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Mission Statement

We invite all writers across the Boise State campus to join our Writing Center community.  We consult with writers in supportive and nonjudgmental ways to facilitate self-discovery and inspire confidence in writers as they learn, grown, and take ownership of their words and ideas.  Because we appreciate the courage it takes to share writing, we respect all the identities, cultures, and points of view writers bring to the Center.


The Boise State University Writing Center is a free service open to all members of the campus community—students, faculty, and staff. We offer support and encouragement to all writers, primarily through one-to-one and email consultations. Each consultation is geared toward the individual needs of the writer and is a collaborative effort between writer and consultant. Together the writer and consultant may do the following:

  • Discuss and brainstorm topics
  • Review drafts and talk about revision
  • Develop writing strategies
  • Identify and discuss writing difficulties
  • Build perspective on the writing process
  • Learn proofreading techniques

Ultimately, the focus of any session is more on the writer than the text.

At the Writing Center, we adhere to the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct, as well as the National Tutoring Association Code of Ethics. Our consultations are kept confidential, and we strive to provide a professional, positive experience for every writer.


The Boise State Writing Center began as a “Writing Skills Center” in the early 1970s, established by its first director, Rick Leahy. One of the early charges for the Writing Center was to support students taking the Minimal Competency Exam (MCE), but in little time, we were working with students from a wide array of disciplines.

The rapid growth of the Center required that it have its own space, and in the spring of 1980, the Center moved into its current location in the Liberal Arts building. The new space allowed for even more growth, and by 1994, the Center held over 3,000 consultations per year with writers from every college and nearly every discipline.

While Rick Leahy set a solid foundation for the Center, in 2003 Mike Mattison took over as director, continuing traditions established by Leahy (such as requiring consultants to take a 3 credit training course) and implementing new improvements or services such as the online scheduler and email consultations. In spring of 2008, we hosted the annual Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference, which was a great success.

Over time, the Writing Center’s responsibilities have grown. In addition to BSU faculty and students, the Center also works with hundreds of concurrent enrollment student.

In 2010, Clyde Moneyhun (former director of the Hume Writing Center at Stanford) joined the Assistant Director Melissa Keith in directing the Writing Center. Since then, new programs such as Dissertation/Thesis Bootcamp, Writing Mentors program, and T.E.A. Time have been added. Today we serve around 4,000 students per academic year.

To learn more about us and our history, you can view our newsletter archives. The Writing Center’s newsletter Word Works was produced from 1986 until 2004 to encourage use of the Writing Center and to familiarize faculty with the services it provided. Additionally, it addressed workshops designed to meet the needs of writers. Click here to view the archives.

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