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Information about Consultations

Students at all levels, writing papers in any discipline, may benefit from discussing their writing with trained Writing Center student consultants. Instructors are also welcome to bring their writing projects for discussion with our tutors. Consultants will be happy to discuss papers at any stage of development, even before there is a draft, and students are welcome to attend sessions more than once while working on a project. Both strong writers and struggling writers can enjoy receiving thoughtful feedback on papers, speeches, presentations, and other projects.

What to Expect in a Writing Center Consultation

  • We will ask you questions about the assignment and about your draft in particular.
  • We will discuss the assignment prompt and your goals/questions for the assignment.
  • We will read your project (or part of your project) aloud (the consultant or the client might do this).
  • We will focus on global concerns (thesis statements, organization, whether or not the project responds to the assignment prompt, etc.) AND local concerns (sentence-level and word-level grammatical concepts) as time allows.
  • We will focus on concerns that appear consistently throughout the draft.
  • We will offer suggestions for you to consider as you continue working on the project.

Some Things the Writing Center Does Not Do

  • We do not read lengthy papers in a single session but can focus on smaller sections of a long paper.
  • We do not guarantee grades or discuss possible grades.
  • We do not insist that students make suggested changes to their papers. In fact, we try to ask questions to help students find their own solutions. We do our best to avoid appropriating student papers. The final paper should be the student's own.
  • We do not allow students to drop papers off for editing. We will not provide all of the proofreading on a paper, although we will help with problem areas and confer with students. A handbook will be used to teach the concepts needed to the student.