Writing Center

The Writing Center at HFC provides one-on-one support for writers of all levels at any stage of the writing process.

Writing Center Appointment

Scheduling a Writing Center Appointment: Winter 2024

The Writing Center at HFC is open in-person and virtually for the Winter 2024 semester beginning Tuesday, January 16th through Friday, May 3rd. In-person sessions are available on a drop-in basis in the Library (Building B). Virtual appointments are available through our online system, WCOnline.

In-person appointments:

Visit us in the Library (Building B) from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday. These are drop-in hours, no appointment is necessary.

Virtual appointments:

Virtual appointments with our faculty respondents are available throughout the week, including evenings and Saturdays, through our online system, WCOnline.

Our online system offers two types of appointments:

eTutoring (Email): Upload your draft and assignment instructions and receive written feedback from a faculty respondent within 24 hours of your appointment time.
Online (Live): Review your writing with a faculty respondent in real-time with audio, video, and screen-sharing options using WCOnline's virtual meeting module.

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. Faculty respondents in the Writing Center work with writers to provide them with a fuller understanding of the academic, social, and cultural effects of writing.

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 visit the Writing Center?

You can meet with us at any stage of the writing process, whether you need help understanding your assignment, developing your draft, incorporating sources, or addressing feedback from a peer or your instructor. We recommend you meet with us well before your project is due so we can be of the most assistance to you, and so you'll have time to revise or re-focus your work as needed.

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! Faculty 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!

Do you offer support to English Language learners?

The Writing Center welcomes writers of all levels and backgrounds, including those who are non-native speakers. Students in upper-level English Language classes as well as students who are enrolled in college-level coursework but who wish to receive support focused on the English language are welcome to use the Writing Center. Please refer to our current schedule for faculty respondent availability.

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.

Hours during Winter Semester: 
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Located in the Library (B)

Virtual appointments are available throughout the week, including evenings and Saturdays, through WCOnline.


Contact the Faculty Director of the Writing Center: Chelsea Lonsdale at calonsdale@hfcc.edu