Taller De Escritura (Spanish Writing Center)
As a service to our Spanish Majors and Minors, the Department of Spanish and Linguistics has created the Taller de Escritura to assist with the complex process of learning to write in another language. You are encouraged to take advantage of this service as you prepare your compositions and presentations. The Taller can help with a variety of aspects of your writing, including Introductions/Conclusions, Organization, Incorporation of Evidence, Citations, Transitions, Slide Design in presentations, etc. While the tutors may indicate spelling and/or grammar errors in an essay, the purpose of the Taller is not to proofread your writing. Students can also schedule one-on-one meetings via our calendar. These sessions can be face-to-face or online. During these sessions, our collaborating professors go over student papers and present suggestions to improve the overall paragraph and sentence level organization and clarity, as well as micro-level grammar-related issues.
You may find additional useful information about us under the FAQ section. If you have any further questions, please contact the Spanish Writing Center Director Ana M. Anderson
Access our calendar and make an appointment with us.
First-time users will find video-tutorials on how to register, make and appointment and cancel it at the bottom of this page. PLEASE NOTE THAT APPOINTMENTS MADE LESS THAN 24 HOUR IN ADVANCE CANNOT BE HONORED.
Here are some online resources to help you.
Grammar and Transitions
Accentuation of Spanish Words
Citing your Sources
1. Will the instructor at the Spanish Writing Center correct my grammar?
The instructors’ main focus during Spanish writing sessions is on issues such as organization, clarity, and style, not grammar. Instructors will only point out grammatical errors if they are repetitive or interfere with comprehension.
Please understand that the main goal of your visit is to receive feedback from a reader similar to your intended audience, with the ultimate goal of strengthening your writing skills according to specific Spanish language conventions.
We require that students bring complete drafts. While drafts that are nearly finished could be acceptable in some cases, the instructor will not provide feedback if you only bring an outline or disconnected fragments of text.
Unfortunately, no. If you are having trouble finding an appropriate topic, please speak with the professor whose class you are writing the paper for.
This will depend on the length of your paper and how easily it reads.
Our instructors will do their best to provide feedback on the entire document. However, depending on the writing and the challenges the paper presents, instructors may need to engage in a discussion with you before they have finished reading the document in full. Please note that if a paper presents severe structural problems that impede comprehension, the instructor may provide you with some initial feedback to work on and end the visit before time is up.
Unless otherwise specified by your professor, and contingent upon appointment availability, you can sign up for a second appointment and have your paper looked at again.
Our instructors can gauge the quality of your writing but they will in no way emit judgments as to the content of your paper. This means that while we can assist you with the articulation of your ideas, we will not evaluate the quality of the ideas themselves.