Writing Center consultations are 50 minutes long and begin at the top of each hour. Consultants do not offer proofreading or editing services; instead, sessions are conducted collaboratively, and consultants make suggestions to help writers develop their own work.
- Sessions begin with a discussion of the writing project.
- Together, the writer and the consultant develop a plan and identify focus areas for the consultation.
- While writing consultants concentrate primarily on global concerns—focus, development, organization, flow, and style—they also offer suggestions in regard to grammar and punctuation rules.
- To make your session as productive as possible, please bring two copies of your paper to the Writing Center session and come prepared with specific questions for the consultant.
Graduate Student Consultations
In the Writing Center, we frequently work with graduate students, and our consultants have extensive experience consulting on grant proposals, scholarship applications, and thesis and dissertation projects across the disciplines. To best meet graduate student needs, we encourage writers to do the following:
- If you are working on a thesis or dissertation project, your first session with a writing consultant will be dedicated to developing a project plan. If you would like a subject librarian in your discipline to attend your first session, please let the Writing Center Coordinator (Email: Writing Center Coordinator) know in advance. After your first session, you and the Writing Consultant will develop an appointment schedule for the rest of the semester.
- Remember that writing consultations are instructional in nature, and you and the consultant will not be able to work through the entirety of a lengthy document in one session. Instead, if you are working on a thesis, dissertation, or article-length work, consider intensive work on specific portions of text, talking through the organization of large portions of text, or outlining your writing project.
- Use the Writing Center to help develop a healthy writing routine. Because thesis and dissertation projects usually only have a few large deadlines, regular appointments in the Writing Center can help you manage your time and develop your project.
- All writing consultants have significant experience working with graduate students, but if you would like a specific recommendation for a consultant that might be most appropriate given your project and discipline, contact the Writing Center Coordinator for more information.