Writing Center Basics

  1. 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.  Always have your assignment accessible to your consultant.  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.
  1. 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.
  1. The Writing Center offers distance consultations at this time.
  1. Consultations with professional consultants are set up by appointment. Some consultations are available on a same-day basis with student consultants.  To schedule a professional consultant or a faculty guest consultant, book an appointment in our scheduling system, WC Online, at https://methodist.mywconline.com (you also have a link on your myMU Portal).  Sending drafts or requests by email does not substitute for scheduling an appointment.  To arrange to work with a student consultant, check WC Online on the same day you want to meet and book any available hour that works for you.
  1. Read the Writing Center Student Consultation Agreement.
  1. We offer three kinds of consultations: Online, eTutoring, and Online Walk-in.
  • Online enables you to discuss your writing with a professional consultant in real time. A link in your WC Online 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.  You can find instructions to make an Online appointment at Consultation How-tos.
  • eTutoring is a less interactive format. You attach a draft paper to the WC Online 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 new document to the WC Online reservation.  You can read this new document whenever convenient.  You can find instructions to make an eTutoring appointment at Consultation How-tos.
  • Online Walk-in enables you to set up a same-day consultation and discuss your writing with a student consultant. Each morning, student consultants open their available hours that day in WC Online.  You will use WC Online to book an Online consultation.  You can find instructions to make an Online appointment at Consultation How-tos.
  1. Book appointments early. Our services are in demand, and the schedule can fill up fast.
  1. We cannot guarantee grades but are confident your writing will improve the more you work with us.
  1. Heed the No-Show Policy. If you miss two appointments, your WC Online account is locked and future appointments are cancelled.  You can contact the Writing Center’s assistant director (AD) to explain any extenuating circumstances, and the AD may reinstate the account at her discretion.  However, all lost appointments are still lost, and you will have to try to schedule new ones.
  1. Please contact the Writing Center if you need help scheduling appointments in WC Online, getting on the Waiting List, signing up for text message alerts, downloading the WC Online app, and so on. To contact the Writing Center, call (910) 630-7264 or email writingcenter@methodist.edu.