The Writing Center serves students at any stage of any writing project. Student writers 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. 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 been graded in the past.
When should I meet with a Writing Center respondent?
You may meet with us before you begin a project, during the early stages of a project, or mid-way through the project. 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 get started. 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 can't promise you specific results. We can tell you that if you work at it, better writing usually results in higher grades. We can provide the kind of guidance that will lead you toward your goals. So make sure you tell us what your goals are. And be ready to do what it takes to meet them.
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 more fun) for you. We can provide guidance, encouragement, resources, and feedback. In the end, the kind of writer you become will depend on you. But we can help you get there.