What We Do
The Consulting Work
Writing Consultants are trained to facilitate conversation about your writing at any stage of the process.
Here are just some ways consultants can assist:
- Brainstorming ideas
- Organizing content
- Proofreading drafts
- "Talking it out"
- Formatting concerns
- Proper citation
Consultants are trained to facilitate small writing groups.
Sometimes writers work in small groups like these:
- Team writing assignments
- Group papers
- Peer review groups
Writing Consultants can help with the following:
- Group participation
- Conversation & Communication
- Giving productive feedback
- Collaboration & Coordination
Consultants are trained to be able to support writers in classroom settings.
Classrooms use consultants in these ways & more:
- One-on-one conversation & Small group settings
- Time management skills
- Brainstorming topics
- Citation support
- Research strategies
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I drop off my paper or send my roommate with a draft?
All consultations happen with the writer present. Consultants talk (or chat online) with you about your goals for the writing and your plans for revision, so your participation in the session is integral.
I really need help proofreading my paper. Do you help writers with that?
Yes, we will help you with grammar and mechanics. However, consultants will not edit your paper for you. If you come into the writing center to work on grammar and mechanics, a consultant will help you to locate patterns of error and errors that impede communication. The consultant will help you learn how to identify and fix those errors, while helping you learn how to use online and print resources--such as handbooks--in the editing/proofreading process. The expectation is that by focusing time and attention on a few errors in depth, you will leave the writing center more knowledgeable and confident, and that you can continue to work on identifying and fixing those errors in your writing on your own.
How long will a consultation last?
Consultations should last for 30 minutes. This time frame helps you and the consultant stay focused on your concerns for the draft and your plans for revision. As you'll see, a lot can happen in 30 minutes!
Will you tell me whether my paper is of "A" quality?
Because they are not professors, consultants will not grade your writing or tell you that the writing is "finished" and ready for submission. As experienced readers, trained responders, and good writers themselves, they have many useful suggestions for you to consider when revising, but these suggestions should not be interpreted as "grading" your writing.
Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.