We're a resource to support your students.
- We help students address their assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit their own work.
- The Center's writing consultants are mostly graduate students in the Department of Literature, with a few selected undergraduate interns. They undergo a rigorous, 10-hour training program and continued professional development as part of their commitment to the Writing Center.
- We encourage students to set up regular appointments to talk about their work. They may schedule up to two sessions a week.
- We like to meet with students throughout their writing process to discourage the last-minute "fix it" attitude-we don't just proofread or copyedit papers but work with students.
- We can work with students on any writing project, but for a take-home exam, we require written (or phoned-in) permission from you, the instructor.
We're a resource to support your teaching.
- We have a wide assortment of handouts-on paper and online-that explain basic elements of the writing process (Getting Started, Effective openings, Crafting a Thesis), discuss common writing issues (Writers' Block, Transitions, Better Sentences) and strategies (Editing tips, Interpreting Assignments, Writing Critical Analysis), and outline the basics of using and citing sources in various disciplines.
- Writing consultants can visit your class, either for a brief introduction to Center services or a 10-15 minute mini-workshop on basic concerns such as crafting a thesis statement or "writing and citing research."
We can offer feedback on writing assignments.
- Writing consultants see many students and their assignments every week, so we're a great source of feedback and advice on students' interpretations of writing assignments. Here's a powerpoint presentation about avoiding misunderstanding and creating effective assignments that we have given to faculty groups on campus: "What We Say, What They Hear: Assignments Lost in Translation"
Please put us on your syllabus...
- We ask that you not "assign" a visit to the Center, (we aren't designed to handle large numbers at once and students tend to see a required visit as a chore, not an opportunity), but we encourage you to add a note about the Writing Center on your syllabus and even offer a bit of extra credit, if you so choose-please see syllabus insert below.
- We do have forms we can furnish to students when they visit, so you can request they get this "proof" when they come in.