The Writing Center at HFC is a hub for exploring, developing, and enacting writing at Henry Ford College. It is a collaborative and relational space where writers, readers, and texts can coexist and get to know each other. The Writing Center is for any writer, at any level, at any stage of the writing process, and provides support as writers think through their writing goals, approaches, and products. Respondents in the Writing Center work with writers to provide them with a fuller understanding of the academic, social, and cultural effects of writing.
Scheduling an Appointment
The Writing Center at HFC is offering virtual appointments for Winter 2021. Please visit us through WCOnline to register for an account and view the schedule. See the brief video tutorial below to learn how to use the online interface.
What are sessions like?
During sessions, you — the writer — will discuss and receive feedback on your work. Sessions are designed to be supportive, empowering, and interactive. We do not edit papers, but we can help you develop strategies to meet your own goals through writing. You are the core participant in each session. We provide the guidance, you do the work.
What should I bring?
Please bring your assignment instructions, your written draft (it's helpful if you have begun writing), and your laptop or tablet if you have one. Come prepared to talk about your goals and challenges with writing. You can also bring any previous drafts of your written work, including those that have received instructor feedback.
When should I meet with a Writing Center Respondent?
You can meet with us at any stage of the writing process. We recommend you meet with us well before your project deadline, so we can be of the most assistance to you, and so you'll have time to revise and re-focus your work as needed.
What if I don't know where to start, or if I feel self-conscious about my writing?
In both cases: come see us. Bring your assignment instructions and we can help you determine your next steps. We understand feeling a bit self-conscious about your writing, but we're friendly, and we're here to help.
How often can I visit the Writing Center?
Many of the writers we work with come back for additional help on the same assignment and throughout the semester! However, we do limit appointments to one per day and two per week.
Can I bring in creative writing, such as poetry or a short story?
Yes! Respondents can work with all types of writing. The Writing Center also hosts a student-led creative writing group that meets weekly. For more information, contact us!
I’m a faculty member. Can I visit the Writing Center?
Absolutely. Faculty and staff at HFC are more than welcome to visit the Writing Center for help with their writing. We also partner with faculty to provide course and assignment-specific resources.
Do you have handouts or materials I can take with me?
We do! The Writing Center has a frequently updated LibGuide with handouts, slides, and links to external resources.
Video tutorial: how to login and interact during your appointment
This brief video shows you how to use the WCOnline interface, which is how you will work with your Writing Center Respondent during your appointment.
Video tutorial: how to review comments in Word
This brief video shows you how to see, use, and interact with Comments and other features in the Review interface in Microsoft Word. It shows you how to use either the desktop version and the internet browser version of Word.