Frequently Asked Questions
How much time may I schedule with a consultant? Writers may receive up to 120 minutes of writing instruction per week in either 30- or 60-minute increments. Writers may make one appointment per day.
Should I schedule for 30 or 60 minutes? We recommend that writers schedule 60-minute sessions for longer projects. Those working on lengthy documents may also schedule multiple appointments.
How many days in advance may I schedule an appointment? Writers may schedule appointments up to 14 days (two weeks) in advance.
What should I bring with me to the WRC? In most cases, writers should bring a printed copy of their drafts and a copy of the assignment, which includes the professor’s e-mail address (for optional faculty reports). Writers should also come prepared to explain to consultants their primary concerns.
I only want to have a consultant read over my paper to make sure there are no grammar errors. Should I still visit the WRC? Yes, we are happy to assist writers with issues of mechanics and grammar. Our approach is designed to help writers develop their own proofreading skills, so that they can identify and correct their own errors.
I am having trouble coming up with a topic. May I still visit the WRC? By all means! At the WRC, we assist writers at any stage of the writing process – from helping writers to interpret the assignment prompt, to coming up with a topic, to drafting and organizing. We encourage writers to bring as much information (a copy of the assignment, class notes) as is necessary to help consultants understand the project at hand.
Will you assist me with my scholarship essay or graduate/professional school application? Yes! Consultants at the WRC are happy assist campus writers with a variety of professional documents. Will my professor know that I visited the WRC? If writers wish to have a report forwarded to their professors, they should provide the professor’s email address to their consultant. The WRC can then provide a brief overview of the writing topics addressed in the session.
What happens if I miss an appointment? When a writer misses an appointment, the consultant will indicate on the scheduling system that they did not attend the session. After three (3) missed sessions, the system will automatically prevent the writer from making appointments for the remainder of the semester. Writers need to contact the WRC to have their account reinstated. If you have to miss an appointment, please cancel it online as soon as possible so that we can work with other writers. Writers may also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail the consultant directly in order to cancel appointments.
What happens if I am late for an appointment? Consultants will wait 10 minutes after the session begins. After that, they will indicate that the appointment has been missed.
What to Expect During a Writing Center Conference:
1. Your consultant will greet you and ask some initial questions about your writing project, its parameters, and your own writing process.
2. Your consultant will ask you about your priorities for revision and what you want to focus on in the session. Common areas of focus include brainstorming, refining a thesis statement, revising organization, presenting and analyzing evidence, developing transitions, crafting effective introductions and conclusions, documenting sources, and fine-tuning grammar and style.
3. If you have a draft, your consultant may ask you to read through it out loud. Reading the draft aloud allows both writer and consultant to become more familiar with the ideas and the language in the draft and to recognize any errors in expression. (If reading aloud makes you uncomfortable, let your consultant know and they can read it aloud instead.)
4. Throughout the session, the consultant will focus on helping you articulate your ideas as clearly and persuasively as possible. During your session, your consultant will ask you questions and help you to experiment with various rhetorical strategies. We encourage you to ask lots of questions, too! 5. Near the end of the session, your consultant will work with you to decide on your next steps: to develop a writing plan, which may entail the writing you will complete after the session; and/or to schedule additional appointments.