Welcome to the Center for Excellence in Writing!

Your voice is like no other. Welcome to the conversation.

Who do we help?

Any UB writer -- undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff.  

What do we do?  

We can help with course essays, independent projects, personal statements and other application materials, theses and dissertations, articles for publication, emails…anything!  If you compose it, we want to talk with you about it. 

We also present topical workshops, visit classrooms, and host dissertation retreats and writing groups.  

What should I do?  

Make an appointment and try it out!  Our appointments start at the top of the hour and each appointment lasts up to 45 minutes.  If you have one, bring your assignment sheet.  If you have a draft already, it is best to bring a hard copy.  (We can work from laptops if need be, though.)  If you don't already have a draft, that's fine too.  We love to help with strategizing and brainstorming.  When you come in, let us know how we can help. This is your paper, it's your process. 

Here's a tip

Come in early in your process!  You might get some great revision ideas.  Make sure you have time to enact them so you can submit your most developed work.  Sometimes it's smart to come in during the brainstorming, planning stages to talk out your game plan for the project.  

The CEW is a very welcoming resource on campus. As a transfer student in my second semester, I am very appreciative of their welcoming environment since it makes me feel like I fit in on campus.

Community News

Sarah values forming long-term working relationships with our writers, helping them develop not only their writing but their critical thinking and intellectual maturity as they pursue their degrees. Working closely with our current Featured Writer Anthony Liotta, Sarah, describes what she finds so rewarding in being a CEW consultant.

A major predictor of student success is being a resource user.  Anthony Liotta is a great example of this strategy in action. In just the first semester of his freshman year, Anthony has become a frequent visitor to the CEW and his enthusiasm and work ethic have made him a favorite around here. [Read more here ►]

Konstantinos Plakas' jounery is notable for its balance. He was able to work intensively but at the same time cultivate a lightness and ease that kept him moving forward. Plakas is a recent PhD graduate in the Department of Chemistry whose dissertation involved using organic chemistry to make dyes that allowed collaborators to study the human body, primarily geared toward detecting cancer. Read his full story here.

For those who have run into an obstacle in their writing process, or needed some last-minute help, but the CEW was booked up - we hear you! This semester, our Writing Lab in 128 Capen will be a walk-in lab for undergraduates. Learn more here!