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.
Students can make appointments or drop in for a 30-minute one-on-one session with an English faculty member. Appointments are recommended, and are given priority. Review the hours and contact information on this page to make an appointment.
What are sessions like?
During sessions, you -- the student writer -- will discuss and receive feedback on your work so you can understand your purposes, audiences, and voices in writing.
Sessions are designed to be supportive, empowering, and interactive. We do not edit your writing. We help you develop strategies to meet your own goals through writing, and to become a better communicator through the written word in academic, business, and creative settings. You are the core participant in each session. We provide the guidance, you do the work.
What to bring: Your writing assignment, your written draft (it's helpful if you have begun writing), your laptop or tablet if you have one (if you don’t, we do!). Come prepared to talk about your goals and challenges with writing. You may also bring any previous samples of your written work, including those that have received instructor feedback.
When should I meet with a Writing Center Respondent?
You may 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 or partially-finished project, and we can help you determine your next steps. We understand feeling a bit self-conscious about your work, but we're friendly, and we're here to help. Everyone needs help with their writing at some point in their life. Let us help guide you in the right direction.
Can you help me get a better grade in my classes?
We’re here to help you become more confident and more skilled as an independent writer. While we can’t promise specific results, we can provide the kind of guidance that will lead you toward your goals.
May I bring the same project in for review more than once?
If you meet with us and then make progress on your project and would like us to review it again, make another appointment, and we will do so.
Writing is hard for me. Can you make it easier?
Good writing always requires work. If you are willing to work at it, writing will almost certainly get easier (and hopefully enjoyable) for you. We can provide guidance, encouragement, resources, and feedback to help you along the way.
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 every Wednesday at 4pm. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Schmitt, English Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org.