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What can I expect at the Writing Center?

We believe that all writers, at all stages of writing, need readers. Our consultants are trained to help you engage deeply with your own ideas and to consider new ways to move forward with your writing projects!

Read on for more information about how consultations work and how to prepare for one!

How do consultations work?

Because we work with writers at all stages of the writing process, you can expect a variety of things from our individualized sessions. We might help you…

  • Interpret writing assignments
  • Understand complex readings attached to writing projects
  • Brainstorm ideas to get you started or unstuck
  • Ask questions about your ideas
  • Craft a strong central idea or thesis
  • Incorporate sources effectively
  • Adhere to a specific style guide (MLA, APA, Chicago)
  • Organize your ideas
  • Revise drafts (early, late, or final drafts)
  • Write special projects like resumes, cover letters, proposals, graduate school applications

…and more!

How do I prepare for a consultation?

Here are a few things to consider to make the most of your visit to the Writing Center:

  • Bring your writing assignment with you. A description of the assignment, criteria or rubric, or a prompt can help us help you respond to the expectations of the assignment!
  • Bring your draft with you. We have computers for you to use, but you can bring your own device or a printed copy to work on as we consult with you! We do not have student printers, but there are many printing labs on campus, including one outside LART 211!
  • Schedule an appropriate amount of time. Consultations can be scheduled for either 30 minutes (for shorter works or quicker questions) or 1 hour (usually the right amount of time for a 5-10 page paper). For longer works, we recommend making multiple and or follow-up appointments!
  • Schedule ahead of time. Walk-ins are welcome. However, our schedule fluctuates week-to-week, and scheduling an appointment online is the best way to make sure we’re able to collaborate with you!
  • Choose the appointment type that works for you. In-person or Zoom appointments let us have a conversation with you in real-time! If you can’t meet during the appointment time, consider scheduling an asynchronous (email) consultation!