Excel Writing Center



Message from the Director

Writing is an essential skill to develop throughout your life. At some point, every class you attend and job you are employed at will require you to communicate your ideas through writing. Our goal at the Excel Writing Center is to help you become a stronger writer through practice, revision, and critical thinking. We are NOT a drop-off or editing service, but we would be more than happy to work with you to strengthen your writing skills.

The Writing Center helps students from all classes and majors across the University. Check out our online schedule to view a list of available peer consultants and appointment times. We do accept walk-ins, but you are not guaranteed an appointment with a consultant unless you have signed up online. Even if you don’t need to make an appointment, the Writing Center is a great place to study. We have plenty of computers for you to work on. We also have a quiet study space with a nice view, and GOOD coffee.

My office is located in the Writing Center, and I’m always happy to chat. We can talk about writing, reading, classes, even career goals. Maybe you’d be interested in working at the Writing Center as a peer consultant.

The Writing Center is located in Columbine Hall 316, and my office is in the back of the center. Come over and let’s chat.

Matthew Balk, Ph.D.


Online Schedule

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We now offer 2 appointment time lengths in order to better serve the needs of all students.

30 min:
1-2 pages
Citation Help
Minimal feedback

60 min:
3+ pages
Understanding the Writing Assignment
Organization & Structure concerns
Substantive feedback

Finals Week 2016 Hours

Our Finals week hours are as follows:















WC News

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Fall 2016
Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester! Make an appointment or just stop by and grab a cup of coffee! We look forward to seeing you!
Creative Writing Challenge!
Starting September 7th, we will be posting Writing Prompt challenges on our Facebook! This is meant to give you a fun way to explore your writing. If you complete one of the prompts and either email it to wrtgcntr@uccs.edu or respond to the original Facebook post, you will receive a punch on your punch card! (Which means candy and possible gift cards!) New prompts will be posted every other week, so don't miss out on the fun!
Computer and Study Lab Space
If you're looking for a new study space, stop on by the UCCS Writing Center in Columbine 316! We have comfy seating, mood lighting, computers, and, best of all, FREE coffee and tea!
Punch Cards
The UCCS Writing Center is now offering a new incentive program: punch cards! You can receive a "punch" every time you make an appointment, attend one of our advertised events, or if you use the WC as a study space! For every 5 punches, you will receive a FULL SIZE candy bar! For every punch after 5, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of three UCCS Bookstore GIFT CARDS! Ask the receptionist at the WC today how you can get your punch card started!
The UCCS Writing Center will be hosting a Narrative Open Mic Night in October and we are currently accepting submissions for any and all written works! Submissions can be flash fiction, short stories (no longer than 10 pages), or novel excerpts under ten pages. The deadline for submissions is September 28, 2016. Contact our center for more information!
Excel Writing Center
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Phone: (719) 255-4336 | Location: Columbine Hall 316
Director: Matthew Balk, Ph.D. | Phone: (719) 255-4335 | mbalk@uccs.edu