Onsite Writing Center FAQs
What can the Writing Center do for me?
More specifically, if you’re uncertain about how to begin, we can help you understand your assignment and brainstorm. If you have ideas but can’t get started, we can help you get some words on paper and make a plan. If you have a specific question about grammar or punctuation, we can help you find the answer. If you only want to talk through your ideas and test their logic or clarity, we’re excited about discussing them with you.
What is a Writing Center consultation?
What exactly happens during a consultation?
We’re happy to help you however we can, but remember that a WC visit is only one part of the process of writing a good paper. Since polished papers require much more than 30 minutes of work, you will almost always need to continue working on your draft after your consultation.
Will the Writing Center proofread my paper?
When is the Writing Center open?
Do I have to make an appointment to visit the Writing Center?
How do I make an appointment for a Writing Center consultation?
What should I bring to my Writing Center consultation?
- Your assignment
- If you have a draft, 2 copies of it (one for you to read and one for the consultant to read)
- Anything else that might help us work on your assignment: notes, outline, previous drafts with instructor comments, etc.
Where do I go for my consultation?Go to the Academic Support Center, located on the 1st floor of the Library, and walk up to the desk in the back left corner of the room. Your consultant will be able to find you there.
What if I don’t have my paper done in time for my consultation?No problem! We’re here to help you at any stage of the writing process, so bring your assignment and whatever work you’ve done so far, and we’ll go from there.
What if I can’t make it to my Writing Center consultation?If you need to cancel your consultation, please let us know immediately. To do this, 1) log into the online scheduler, 2) select your appointment, 3) check the “Cancel this appointment” box, 4) click “Save Changes.” This will free the time slot so someone else can use it.
How many consultations may I have per week?You may have two 30-minute consultations per day and up to three consultations per week.
Will my professor know that I visited the Writing Center?Yes. We will give you the WC form that your consultant will fill in during your consultation and mail a copy of it to your professor. We will also keep a copy of the form in our files.
Are Writing Center consultations only for class assignments, or may I bring my other writing to the WC alsoSure! Whether you’re fulfilling a class assignment, writing poetry for the Literary and Visual Arts Contest, or just writing a personal essay for your own enjoyment, we want to discuss your writing with you. We’re here to serve the Bryan community by encouraging and equipping students, staff, and faculty to write excellently, so we’re interested in talking about any of your writing that you want to bring to us.
How do I contact the Writing Center?You may contact us by phone or by email.
Pamela Davis, WC Director
Lorraine Doran, Academic Support Center Director