The Coe College Writing Center was founded in 1986, with a staff of seven writing consultants and one director. It was housed in the basement of Stuart Hall in what is now two restrooms. Within a few years the Writing Center expanded, occupying a space that had previously been a small classroom. In the fall of 2000, the Writing Center moved into the old registrar's office, and the staff nearly doubled in size. This cozy atmosphere quickly became known for good conversation, cheap coffee, and comfortable seating. In the spring of 2012, the WC moved once again to Gage Annex, where it now occupies a space behind the Coe Bookstore and continues to provide caffeinated beverages and scintillating discourse.
Since its first year, the Writing Center staff has grown dramatically from 7 to nearly 75 undergraduate consultants conducting over 2,500 writing conferences each year. WC staff members have published dozens of articles and essays in professional journals and have given over 120 presentations at state, regional, and international conferences.