Whether you're writing an article for publication, drafting a chapter of a dissertation or book, working through a revision based on an editor's feedback, or putting together a conference presentation, you can schedule a consultation with a writing center administrator or a professional writing consultant. Consultations can be held in your office, if that is most convenient, or in another quiet space on either the Pew or Allendale campus. In special circumstances--such as if you are on faculty/staff in Traverse City, Holland, or Muskegon--phone or instant message consultations are available.
When might you find a one-to-one consultation useful?
The shape of your consultation depends on your goals for the text, its length, and where you are in the writing process. If you want to discuss a rough draft of a short piece, an hour-long meeting would work best. Drafts longer than 10 pages will require you to submit your work to us ahead of the meeting so the consultation can focus on the writing, not reading through it. And very long or complex projects may be best addressed through multiple meetings.
Please note that although we are certainly happy to talk about grammar, mechanics, formatting, and citation styles, we cannot commit to editing the manuscript for you. We hope, however, that by working with a writing consultant on these issues, you can recognize and address areas of concern as well as achieve personal writing goals that can help you navigate future writing projects.
To schedule a consultation, please call the Fred Meijer Center for Writing at 331-2922.