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University Writing Center: FAQ

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What would a visit to the University Writing Center (UWC) do for me?
When you come to the writing center you enter a community of writers that care about what you say and will patiently help you master skills to clearly express your ideas. Instructors across the disciplines agree that student writing improves after the student receives informed, quality feedback from the writing center.

Who are the writing consultants?

Writing consultants working in the University Writing Center are graduate and undergraduate students from across the disciplines prepared through intensive instruction in how to discuss writing and work with students.

Who can visit sites of the UWC?

The UWC supports all writing done in the university with the exception of first year composition, English 1100 and 1200, which is supported by the First Year Writing Studio in the Department of English.

What should I bring?

The more, the better. You should bring a copy of the assignment, any work you have done (notes, outlines, drafts, etc.), and anything else you would like to discuss. Please also be prepared to answer specific questions concerning the assignment.

Do I need to make an appointment?
Maybe. Two of our three sites (Graham and Health Sciences) are walk-in, so you can stop by during the hours of operation. Writers can make an appointment to visit the UWC on the 1st floor of Joyner Library by clicking Make an Appointment.

How long does a session last?
We plan on 45 minutes per tutorial session. Some are a little shorter; some are a little longer. Sessions rarely last more than one hour. You can make arrangements to meet with the same consultant, but there are also benefits to meeting with someone new.

Will a consultant correct my paper for me?
Because this is your writing, you have the final say about what gets changed. Consultants will not do your work for you. We want to offer suggestions and ask questions to facilitate your decisions about your writing. We also want to help you become a better writer, and you can't do that if someone else does the writing.

What will the consultant and I discuss?
If you have special concerns you would like the consultant to address, be sure to let the consultant know. If you have no stated concerns, the consultant will address two or three major issues. We believe that any more than that will place constraints on how in-depth the session will be in addressing your needs as a writer.

How much does a session at the UWC cost?
Nothing. There is no charge for working with a writing consultant, and we welcome students, faculty, and staff from any major or department across the campus.

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