Writing Center Basics
- We offer guidance no matter where you are in the writing process. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, we can help with brainstorming. We can work with you to clarify the organization of your paper, to make your writing clearer and more concise, and to make sure you have all the elements you need, use your outside sources correctly, and avoid plagiarism. If you need another set of eyes to look for errors in grammar, punctuation, citation format and the like, we can offer feedback. We can also help with resumes, creative writing, and other work. We’re glad to work with you whether or not the writing is for a class. You can even get help with grammar issues or reading comprehension. Always have your assignment accessible to your consultant.
- We review your writing with you; we do not edit. We listen to you, and we read your draft (if any) and offer feedback and recommendations. You decide what changes to make.
- The Writing Center offers in-person and distance consultations.
- Consultations with professional consultants are set up by appointment, as are most consultations with student consultants. Same day, walk-in appointments may be available with student consultants. To schedule a consultation with a consultant, book an appointment in our scheduling system, WCONLINE (you also have a link on your myMU Portal). Sending drafts or requests by email does not substitute for scheduling an appointment.
- Read the Client Consultation Agreement.
- We offer four kinds of consultations: Face-to-Face, Online, eTutoring, and Walk-Ins.Face-to-Face is our most interactive format. A few minutes before your appointment, please come to the Writing Center, which is located in Davis Memorial Library. You do not need to have anything written, but if you do, please make two copies. You will then meet with your consultant personally to talk about your writing. Online enables you to discuss your writing with a professional consultant in real time. A link in your WCONLINE appointment opens a shared screen and a videoconference link. You can upload a paper to this shared platform or attach your document to your appointment. At the time of the appointment, you and your consultant can choose to use the videoconference or chat function, or you can connect by phone to discuss the paper.
eTutoring is a less interactive format, but this format allows your consultant to analyze more closely what you have written. For this appointment type, you attach a draft paper to the WCONLINE reservation, and you do not have to be available in real time for the consultation. At the appointed time, the professional consultant reviews the draft, inserts comments in the paper‘s margin, and uploads the response to the WCONLINE reservation. You can read this response at your convenience.
Walk-Ins allow you to conduct a same-day consultation (based on consultation availability) or to ask a quick question.
- Book appointments early. Our services are in demand, and the schedule can fill up fast. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.
- We cannot guarantee grades but are confident your writing will improve the more you work with us.
- Heed the Cancelation Policy. Students can cancel an appointment with no penalty as long as the cancelation happens at least one (1) hour prior to the appointment time. Because appointment cancelations affect other students’ ability to schedule an appointment and utilize the Writing Center’s services, appointments that are not needed should be canceled at least one (1) hour prior to the scheduled start time. If, on more than two (2) occasions during a single semester, a student violates the cancelation policy, the student’s account will be locked, and future appointments will be canceled. If the student’s account becomes locked, the student can contact the Writing Center’s director to discuss the situation and have their account reinstated at the director’s discretion. Future appointments which have been canceled as a result of violating this policy will need to be rescheduled by the student. The student will have to utilize post-reinstatement appointment availability to schedule those consultations.
- Heed the No-Show Policy. If you find that you may be more than 5 minutes late for an appointment, call the WC and/or email your consultant to let them know you’ll be late. If you neither show up nor contact your consultant, you will be marked as a No-Show. As a courtesy, your consultant will attempt to contact and remind you of your appointment prior to marking the appointment as a No-Show. If you miss two appointments in this way, your WCONLINE account will be locked, and your future appointments will be canceled. You can contact the Writing Center’s director to discuss any extenuating circumstances and have your account reinstated at the director’s discretion. Note that any future appointments which have been canceled as a result of violating this policy may not be available upon account reinstatement.
- Please contact the Writing Center if you need help scheduling appointments in WCONLINE, getting on the Waiting List, signing up for text message alerts, and so on. call the Writing and Tutoring Center Information Line at 910.630.8451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.