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Writing Center: FAQs



  • What does the Writing Center do?
    • Writing consultants have one-on-one conversations with students about their writing and writing processes at any stage of the writing process.
  • Who goes to the Writing Center?
    • Everyone! Whether writing comes naturally to you or feels like more of a challenge, every writer benefits from sharing their ideas with a peer. We work with all writers, in all subject areas, and of all ability levels.
  • Can I make an appointment, or just drop in?
    • Yes, and yes! You can make an appointment at WCOnline ( or use WCOnline to see when we’re open and just drop in. 
  • Does my writing have to be academic?
    • Not at all! We help all writers with any kind of writing, whether it’s for class or for something else entirely. For example, director Liz Egan’s favorite session with a student was when she helped him write a toast for his brother’s wedding.
  • What will the writing consultant and I talk about?
    • Likely topics include: interpreting the prompt/writing assignment; brainstorming; reading strategies; drafting and writing process steps; research and writing with sources; and of course strategies for revision. 
  • Who works in the writing center?
    • Consultants are undergraduate students who are majoring and minoring in all kinds of things, such as: applied math, chemistry, biology, psychology, neuroscience, Spanish, French, education, music, business, sociology, anthropology, English literature, creative writing, and communications.
  • What training do writing center consultants have?
    • Writing consultants spend three consecutive semesters studying writing center pedagogies and best practices. So they know their stuff!
  • Where can I find the writing center?
    • John Stone Hall, Library rooms 204 and 205, and the Academic Consulting Program (Sullivan-Harrell third floor)
  • How do I find information about hours, locations, etc.?
  • Does my paper need to be finished before I visit the writing center?
    • We are excited to talk with you at any stage in the writing process. In fact, you don’t even have to have anything written at all! We can help you get started.

FAQs continued


  • Does my professor know if I visit the writing center?
    • If you want a professor to know about your visit, make sure to let your consultant know so they can forward a copy of your session visit notes.
  • Can I visit the Writing Center more than once for the same assignment?
    • Of course!
  • What is the difference between a writing fellow and a writing consultant?
    • A writing fellow is a writing consultant who helps with a specific class. Writing fellows can work with a student any time in/out of the writing center. Students can make appointments with their writing fellow directly, or they can make appointments with any consultant via WC Online.
  • How do I prepare for a writing center visit?
    • We suggest you bring the assignments prompt, any sources you are working with or provided by professors, class notes, or texts from the course. But if you show up empty-handed, we can still help you then, too.
  • What if I don’t know what I want to work on?
    • That’s okay! Come on in, and we’ll figure it out together!
  • Will I get an “A” if I visit the Writing Center?
    • Your grades are between you and your professor, so we can’t make any promises there. Our goal is to help you grow into a stronger writer. If you have questions about your grade, you should talk to your professor about that.
  • How does the Writing Center serve upperclassmen?
    • Lots of upperclassmen visit the Writing Center for support on all kinds of things, including assignments for classes, major capstone projects, or Honors projects.
  • I want to work in the writing center. How can I do that?
    • Any student is welcome to enroll in WRIT 2001, the Writing Center training course, which is typically offered in Spring semesters. Upon successful completion of the course, students may apply to join the Writing Center staff.
  • I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

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