What We Do

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The Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors is here for you. We offer a variety of services at many different locations so that we can be most helpful to as many writers as possible. Browse this page to learn more about our specific services. We hope you can find the help you need!

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The Consulting Work

We offer three main ways in which we support writers at GVSU:

1. One-on One Support: writing consultants are trained to facilitate conversation about your writing ad any stage of the process, whether in person or online

2. Classroom Work: writing consultants are trained to be able to support writers in a classroom setting by being prepared to A) work one-on-one or B) facilitate small groups. 

3. Group Facilitation: writing consultants are trained to facilitate small writing groups, which are made up of individuals writing group papers together, conducting peer review, or are working through brainstorming topics together 

One-on-One

Classroom Work

Group Facilitation

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION

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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.

Specialized Support

Sometimes writers need more specific help than what can be happen during one of our staple services. The Writing Center, therefore, offers some unique services for these specific communities. To learn more, please click the pics below!

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What to expect

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Training

 

 

 

Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.



Page last modified September 21, 2018