If you have never visited the Writing Center before, perhaps you expect a team of consultants to simply proofread your paper, fix all the grammatical mistakes, and then return the paper back to you, all while you sit there quietly. However, a consultation is much more involved.
Instead, our writing consultants work with each client one-on-one to determine the client's needs and to provide options for addressing both larger rhetorical issues and recurring sentence level issues within a document. Sometimes, this means working to help the client better understand the assignment, brainstorm ideas and practice pre-writing strategies. Sometimes, this means working with the client to better clarify the paper's thesis statement and improve the organization.
Although each client and each paper are unique, Writing Center consultations are conversations in which an experienced and passionate consultant works with you to identify and address concerns in your writing. Our goal is to provide clients with the tools to think critically about writing and to empower clients to revise their own work correctly and confidently.
The Writing Center currently offers both appointment and drop-in sessions.
Appointments last approximately 50 minutes, and they guarantee a time for you. Typically, a client works one-on-one with a Writing Center consultant. Group consultations are also welcome. Visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.
Drop-ins are first come, first serve and last approximately 25 minutes. They can be excellent for quick questions. If a client has a larger project such as a research paper or thesis, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment.
Appointments begin at the start of every hour. We request that clients arrive 5 to 10 minutes early in order to complete a consultation report form. If the client is more than 10 minutes late for their appointment, then that appointment is forfeited. Please call us at (269) 387-4615 if you are running late or if you need to cancel your appointment. Clients are allowed one appointment per day, and two appointments per week.
For those making an appointment to work on English Language Learners, Graduate Records Examination and Test of English Foreign Language or Michigan Test for Teacher Certification issues, please see those pages before scheduling your consultation.