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Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions 

Question Answer
01. Do you take walk-ins? Yes, but an appointment ensures that you won’t have to wait for an opening.
02. What if I can’t come to the actual Writing Center?

The Writing Center can meet with you virtually! You can schedule an online appointment in WC Online.

03. What happens during a consultation?
  • Your consultant will ask you to describe your paper and your concerns.
  • You will usually read all or part of your paper out loud.
  • You and your consultant will decide on 2-3 areas to work on.
  • Your consultant will model strategies and give you time to practice.
  • You will leave with a plan for revising your paper. 
  04. Can a group get a consultation for a written project? Definitely. Be sure that all members of the group are available to meet, and plan to meet for an hour.
  05. Will the consultant edit or proofread my paper? Our mission is to make you a stronger writer. If we edit your paper, you have not learned anything and will continue to make the same errors. What we do is point out patterns and major areas of improvement. We will show you examples of the problems in your paper, demonstrate the corrections, and then work with you to enhance your writing.
06. Will you work with creative writing? Career writing? Annotated bibliographies?

Yes. We’ll take any type of writing you need to work on! Remember that Career Services is also an excellent place to work on developing a resume (and finding job/ internship opportunities)—they are located in the Yancy Building.

  07. I'm a strong, confident writer. Why should I come to the Writing Center Professional writers always have someone else read their work. The Writing Center is designed to work with writers of all levels and continue to help students improve academically.
  08. How often can I come?  You are welcome to stop by the Writing Center as often as you need to (as long as you are writing). You may make up to three appointments per week (one per day).
  09. Can I come to the Writing Center just to write?  Absolutely! Because we will be busy with consultations, it may not always be quiet in here, but you are welcome to come and work at one of the computers or on the couch..
  10. When is the latest I can come in for help on a paper?  Since we offer strategies and suggestions, you’ll need to leave yourself enough time after the session to incorporate those ideas. This is usually at least one day, preferably a few days. We really can’t help you if your paper is due in an hour, so be sure to start early.