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Writing Consultations

The Studio offers free appointments with experienced writing consultants to all active USF students, faculty, and staff. You will have 45 minutes (40 minutes plus a 5-minute revision plan) to talk with a graduate writing consultant at your appointment. The writing consultant will ask you questions about your writing goals and concerns. Consultants may not be able to read your entire draft, so please indicate which sections to focus on during your appointment (a typical session covers 3-5 pages at most). Come prepared to work actively on your writing because writing consultants will not do the work for you. Please keep in mind that the consultations are interactive (not editing or proofreading sessions).

What Writing Projects Can I Bring to a Consultation?

Writing consultants look at a wide variety of writing. Consultations can be used for brainstorming/soundboarding (so some sessions may not address any writing but address pre-writing instead). Consultations also look at all disciplines of writing, including research papers, lab reports, articles for publications, theses, dissertations, discussion board writing/writing for the web, and much more. Additionally, consultations can address professional/academic documents, such as resumes, CVs, cover letters, personal statements, scholarship essays, grant writing, tenure portfolios, etc. The Studio also offers multimodal consultations, meaning consultants can work with clients on digital portfolios, presentations/speeches, PowerPoints, or other digital “writing.” Clients can also receive help on test prep, especially the writing/English sections of the GRE and the GKT (note that for test prep sessions, clients should plan on bringing in their own materials).

The Studio does not offer consultations on digital literacies, that is, formatting in processing programs like Word (including APA, MLA, and other writing style formatting as well as ETD formatting). Please visit Lynda.com (visit my.usf.edu and hover over “Learning & Teaching Tools”) for video tutorials on formatting assistance, or, for ETD assistance, please visit the ETD Resource Center in the Office of Graduate Studies.

What Should I Do to Prepare for a Consultation?

  • Bring all relevant materials (drafts, feedback, rubrics, assignment sheets, etc.).
  • Fill out the Pre-Appointment Form (available at the front desk when checking in for your appointment, or see here for a printable version to bring to your appointment).
  • See the tabs below for more detailed information.

How Many Appointments Can I Schedule?

Appointments are limited to one appointment per week, available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may schedule an appointment up to two weeks in advance. Additionally, please note the following:

  • For all scheduled appointments, if you do not arrive by :10 past the hour, your appointment may be given to another writer.

Can I Have a Consultation on an Exam or Group Project?

  • All consultations on exams must be pre-approved by your instructor. The instructor must email the Writing Studio and/or call and speak to the Assistant Director or a Coordinator to give permission before the consultation can begin.
  • Consultations on group writing projects (i.e., a group is writing one document together) require all group members to be present for the consultation.

What Happens If I Can’t Come to My Consultation, and I Need to Cancel or Reschedule?

  • Please call us at (813) 974-8293 or visit us in person on the Library’s 2nd Floor to cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Appointments CANNOT be canceled online or by email.
  • Students that miss three appointments may lose their Writing Studio privileges for the remainder of the current semester.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, the missed appointment counts as one of your three missed appointments (see previous bullet).
  • Please be aware that canceled appointments count toward the Studio’s one-appointment-per-week allowance.

Click below to find out more about our various sessions:

Standard

Standard, face-to-face consultations are 45 minutes (40 minutes plus a 5-minute revision plan), one-on-one appointments that focus on a single, or at most two, assignment(s) or document(s). Any writer with an active USF U# (student, faculty, or staff) can schedule a face-to-face consultation.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 45 minutes
    • appointments only begin at the top of the hour
  • What should I bring?
    • your assignment sheet or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • 2 printed copies of your document
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 45-minute appointments
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • one session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages
  • How do I schedule a consultation?
    • in person: stop in the Writing Studio, located on the second floor of the USF Library during regularly scheduled Writing Studio hours
    • over the phone: call the Writing Studio at (813) 974-8293
    • online through Accudemia:

Online

Online consultations are 45 minutes (40 minutes plus a 5-minute revision plan), one-on-one appointments held via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in the Writing Studio’s Canvas course: Writing Studio Online. These sessions focus on a single assignment or document. Any active USF student, faculty, or staff can schedule an online session.

  • How long is it?
    • 45 minutes
    • Consultations begin at the top of the hour, though you should log in and join the Ultra session 10 minutes before the hour begins.
    • Please note: all consultation times are in EST.
  • How do I share my writing document(s) with the consultant?
    • An “assignment” will be created for you in the Canvas course, and document(s) you wish to share with your consultant should be uploaded this way.
  • What should I expect?
    • Online sessions DO NOT take place in the Writing Studio.
    • Writers MUST accept the invitation to the Canvas course before the session can occur (you accept invitations in Canvas).
    • Writers MUST call the Studio at (813) 974-8293 to sign in to their appointment before the session can occur.
    • Instructions will be emailed that detail how to access the Ultra session in Canvas.
    • Writers can expect critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals.
    • Depending on your needs, the session may include brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document.
    • One session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages.
  • How do I schedule an online consultation?
  • Expectations of Writers Participating in Online Consultations
    • Writers scheduling online consultations for the FIRST TIME must do so at least 24 hours in advance. If an online consultation is scheduled for the first time without at least a 24-hour lead time, the appointment may be subject to cancellation.
    • Writers participating in online sessions MUST maintain a modicum of comfortability with digital technologies, including Canvas and using the video and microphone components of computers.
    • Writers must have reliable access to the Internet in a quiet atmosphere conducive to online chatting.
    • Writers who either no-show or cancel/reschedule without 24 hours in advance are subject to the same penalties as our standard appointments.

iSessions

iSessions are similar to standard consultations but are iPad enhanced. They are 45 minutes (40 minutes plus a 5-minute revision plan), one-on-one appointments that focus on a single, or at most two, assignment(s) or document(s). iSessions use various iOS applications, such as Notability, and offer audio recordings of the session as well as a digital document of any notes from the session that can be emailed to the writer. Any writer with an active USF U# (student, faculty, or staff) can schedule an iSession.

  • How long is it?
    • 45 minutes
    • Consultations only begin at the top of the hour.
  • What should I bring?
    • before the session, email your document(s) (if any) to usfisessions@gmail.com
    • any rubric or sheet that lists assignment criteria (if any)
    • any feedback you’ve already received
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 45-minute consultations that use an iPad and a mediascape
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • use of various iOS applications to project your document, rubric, and/or notes taken during the session
    • One session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages.
    • an audio recording (with your consent) and any digital document recorded in an iOS application can be emailed to you after the session
    • If you have access to Notability (available on any Apple device, including laptops, iPads, iPhones, and iPods), you can view the document in real-time.
  • How do I schedule an iSession?
    • iSessions can be scheduled in advance, but any consultant that is a designated iSessions consultant automatically conducts iSessions.

SDS

For writers who self-identify, the Writing Studio provides reasonable accommodations in line with SDS recommendations. Please contact a coordinator to set up an accommodated consultation.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 45 minutes (although this may be altered depending on accommodation suggestions from SDS)
    • Consultations only begin at the top of the hour.
  • What should I bring?
    • your assignment sheet or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • 2 printed copies of your document
    • For certain accommodations, please provide your SDS accommodation letter.
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 45-minute consultations
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • one session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages
    • Depending on your specific needs, we offer reduced-distraction spaces, accessible tables, and other reasonably requested accommodations.
  • How do I request an accommodation?
    • Please contact the Writing Studio coordinators by email at writingstudio@usf.edu or by phone at (813) 974-8293.
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