Consulting Support


Feel free to browse this page for helpful links and resources that may assist you while you work.

Here to Support You

Lead writing consultants for fall 2020

Meet your 2020-2021 Leads!

At the Writing Center, we value the peer-to-peer relationship, so think of Leads as your peer support crew. If you have questions about the work, your schedule, your style, or anything else, your leads are here to try and find answers to those questions.

If you are interested in applying to become a Lead, feel free to ask them about the process.



Be sure to SNAP your fellow coworkers!

If you notice exceptional work ethic, behavior, talent, personality, or more - remember to show your love and support for your fellow Hero Consultants.

Can't stop by and compose a hand-written SNAP? Here's a link to our SNAPS Google Form: SNAPS Link

Professional Development

The purpose of our Professional Development program is to provide consultants with an enriching experience as peer-writing consultants; therefore, it is in a consultant’s best interest to choose events based on the following: areas of interest, specialization, and to gain diverse knowledge.

In order to meet your 2 required hours of professional development, please review the following options:

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chats

These professional development opportunities provide consultants an additional opportunity to gain some information and on-going support from their peers/ supervisors by engaging in dialogue. 

*Note: some fireside chats might not count toward your required 2 hours of professional development, but you will be notified ahead of time.

The fireside chats can take the following forms:


Mini-Lesson + Hands-On Activity


Mini-Lesson + Discussion/Reflection

Guest Speaker

Share Story + Q&A

These fireside chats and other training opportunities will be scheduled throughout the semester - so stay up-to-date on the upcoming topics and speakers by regularly checking this page, the homepage, and your email for upcoming professional developments and events!


GVSU Sponsored Event


Writing Center Professional Development Workshops

These professional development opportunities will occur periodically throughout the semester, and they may cover topics like citation styles, Google Docs and working online, genre specific training (resumes, cover letters, posters, etc.), and CRP. 


GVSU Sponsored Events and/or Library Workshops

These lectures, presentations, and training events occur around campus, and must be pre-approved by either the Writing Center Coordinator or the Writing Center Director to count as writing center professional development (Teach-In presentations, Library or Speech training events, LIB 100 approved events, etc.)


Attending and/or Presenting at Conferences

Consultants can earn professional development credit by attending MiWCA or by presenting at MiWCA, ECWCA, or NCPTW. 


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Commas and other things that go bump in the night: Demystifying grammar in consulting

October 30, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Grammar can certainly seem scary...but it doesn't have to be! In this interactive professional development, we will be attempting to demystify the conventions of grammar and how we can apply...

Tech Almanac - Asynchronous PD

November 2, 2020 All Day

Want to enhance your digital and technology skills? In this asynchronous professional development, read and review the Tech Almanac within the virtualwc drive (created by Annelise T. and Emma K.)....

Personality Party

November 13, 2020 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Dawson H. and Meredith F. for a personality party! From 3:30pm-5:00pm, we will be going over our personality types and how they contribute to the way we approach consultations in the writing center.  If...

Engaging Learning Styles Online

November 20, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Each person has a unique learning style that can come into play during writing consultations. Join Meredith for a conversation on the learning dynamics of the writing center, as well as how...

Fireside Chat: Fall Debrief...How Did it Go?

December 4, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for a fireside chat about Fall 2020. In this casual discussion, we will be taking time to talk about how our first semester of only virtually consulting went, as well as reflect on things that...

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During Your Shift

Training and Educational Resources

"Boundaries: Consulting in the Knowledge Market" - By Dr. Carl Brown, Jen Torreano, Patrick Johnson, and Melanie Rabine-Johnson

"Classroom Presentation Slides" - By Writing Center staff (Updated Winter 2020)

"Citation Styles for Peer Consultants" - By Anna White, 2018 - PDF

"Consulting Posters" - By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PowerPoint

"Designing Your Poster"  By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PDF

"Knowledge Market Presentation" - By FMCFWAMA - For Class Presentations

"What Is Grammar?" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

"Winter 2019 WC Staff Meeting Notes" - Presented by Pat and Melanie - PDF

"Working with L2 Writers" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF


"Citation Styles for Peer Consultants" - By Anna White, 2018 - PDF

"Consulting Posters" - By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PowerPoint

"Designing Your Poster"  By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PDF

"Knowledge Market Presentation" - By FMCFWAMA - For Class Presentations

"What Is Grammar?" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

"Working with L2 Writers" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

Weekly Appointment Support

The Writing Center offers Weekly Appointments (upon request and approval) for certain students. If the student is learning English as an additional language, has permission from a professor, or thinks the extra help is something they need, then they are invited to come into the Writing Center to pick up an APPLICATION. 

Come to the LOH 120 location or contact us for more information about setting up a weekly appointment.

Before calling, be aware of the following:

  • Weekly appointments are serious commitments. We will assign a dedicated consultant to meet with the student for 50 minutes every week. This kind of commitment is for their benefit and should not be taken lightly. 
  • The appointment lasts for 50 minutes. In that time, the student-writer is responsible for having enough work to do - but it doesn't have to be the same every week. They should feel free to bring in any writing assignment, project, or questions to discuss with the assigned consultant. 
  • We try to schedule around your availability. This means, the more available the student is, the easier it is for us to find a consultant who can work with them.

Incoming Consultants

WRT 306

If you have just been hired, please read this article before coming to orientation & visit  WRT 306 to learn about our training class for the Fall. 

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Providing Feedback

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Anonymous Feedback

We understand that sometimes, feedback from employees to administration is best given anonymously -- whether that be for comfort reasons, sensitivity concerns, or any other reasonable explanation. We want you to know that our administrative doors and emails are always open! But if you'd like to send information our way, and you'd like to do so anonymously, please consider submitting this feedback via our Consultant Feedback Form

This form will be reviewed on a weekly basis. If you have an urgent concern, consider reaching out immediately. 

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Evaluation of Administration

In order for Pat and Meredith to stay focused on the needs of their employees, it is essential that they receive evaluative feedback on their performance as administrators. Before the 2018-2019 year is over, please fill out the Administration Evaluation form and turn in a completed copy to Lisa in LOH (or email it to her if you're unable to come in person). Lisa will keep all feedback anonymous and insure that Pat and Meredith are unable to access that information.