Writing Consultants can help writers discover ways to begin an assignment, methods for organizing and developing ideas, and strategies for revision. They can also talk to writers about their writing process and suggest ways to break out of old patterns. Anything a student is writing is welcome in the Writing Center: poems, fiction, letters, articles for the Collegian, comprehensive exams, honors proposals, fellowship applications, cover letters, resumes, essays for special programs or graduate school, and anything else. The Writing Consultants offer a fresh point of view.
Writing Liaisons for each Academic Division/Department are Consultants who meet with students from 100-level classes to discuss writing in terms of the requirements for writing in the discipline.
Questions and Answers about the Writing Center
Who? (Who will you talk to if you come into the Writing Center?)
Writing Consultants are students who are good at writing and talking to fellow students about writing. They provide "another set of eyes." A Writing Consultant will work with you to show you good options for improving whatever you are trying to write.
What? (What should you bring?)
Ideas, notes, outlines, drafts of papers, personal essays, letters, applications, resumes, proposals, creative writing...anything you are writing or trying to come up with an idea for writing.
When? (When should you come?)
Any time from right after you get the assignment (invention) to after you've turned in a draft (revision). At any stage of the writing process: formation of a thesis statement, ideas for organization, developing ideas and argument, strengthening argument.
Olin 131 (use the left-hand door to Olin Auditorium).
Why? (Why should you come?)
First visit: to improve your paper. Subsequent visits: to improve your writing.
Walk-in hours are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:30-4:30 and 7:30-10:30. Fridays 1:30-3:30. Or see "schedule a consultation" to make an appointment. You can either walk in or make an appointment from the Sunday evening after the first week of each semester through the last reading day for that semester.