THE WRITING CENTER
The Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations between students and trained peer consultants on a drop-in basis. Our consultants serve as friendly-but-critical readers.
THE PURPOSE OF THE WRITING CENTER
Trained peer consultants meet individually with students to discuss any writing project. They offer consultations at every stage of the writing process—from finding a topic to revising a draft. The goal of each consultation is to foster in students a greater consciousness of their thinking and writing, not to produce a flawless text.
Students benefit most from sessions that occur at the planning, drafting, and revising stages, when there is still enough time for the writer to rethink ideas, arguments, and evidence in creative and constructive ways. Consultants will ask writers lots of questions and encourage students to recognize their own weaknesses and identify strategies for making changes and enhancing strengths. Ideally, this conversational exploration will prompt writers to refine both the argument and the prose for clarity and power.
The Writing Center helps students with just about any written assignment. They also offer help with specific types of assignments:
Students writing a Spanish-language paper will probably find it helpful to work through their ideas with one of our Spanish-speaking consultants.
Students writing a French-language paper will probably find it helpful to work through their ideas with one of our French-speaking consultants.
All our consultants can help with most aspects of a lab report. Some consultants are especially experienced with lab reports and can provide additional expertise.
Our consultants are skilled with creative writing projects and will be able to give students valuable feedback on these projects.
All our staff is capable of helping with papers assigned in the Humanities sequence. Some consultants list these papers as a particular specialty.