Preparing For A Session

How To Prepare:

  • Schedule a session with the Writing Center here. Walk-ins are always welcome, but you may have to wait until a consultant is available.
  • Bring your assignment sheet, class notes, and any other materials that will help you and the consultant better understand your assignment.
  • Take a moment to compose “writer’s questions” before you arrive; these are specific questions or issues you would like to discuss with the consultant regarding your paper. They will give you a foundation to work from during the session and will also help you prioritize subjects or issues for discussion.
  • Arrive on time and ready to work.

What To Expect:

At the Writing Center, we work to create better writers. Rather than offering editing services, we work with you to strengthen all aspects of your writing process to help you gain confidence in writing and in the texts that you produce. With this in mind, you can expect:
  •  to take the lead in the session. While the consultant will ask you questions to help draw out your ideas and develop your writing more fully, you should not expect the consultant to tell you what to write or what and where to revise; the paper should always remain your property.  
  • to read the paper in full and sometimes out loud. It helps to have the paper or project fresh in your mind. You can expect to read through the draft in full at least once; sometimes your consultant will ask you to read it out loud so that you can better identify the passages that you feel need revision and development.
  • to write.   Be prepared to take notes and write on your draft. Your consultant may ask you to use highlighters or different colored pens to mark sections of your draft or to make notes in the margins. You may also wish to record revision ideas for later writing sessions. The more you physically engage with your paper and the writing process, the better writing you will produce. 
  • to try new writing techniques and invention strategies. If you are stuck on a particular part of the paper, or are not quite sure where to go, you can expect the consultant to walk you through writing exercises and invention strategies to generate ideas. This might mean trying a new outline, annotating the draft, listing, or questioning, while other times it might mean dialoguing about the topic.

If looking for assistance with a draft or partial draft, please bring two copies with you to the session.