The Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance with writing projects. You can bring in assignments from any class or bring in personal writing projects like résumés. You can come in at any stage of the project: to formulate ideas, to develop and organize a draft, to edit a near final version, or anything in between. During a session, a writing consultant will help you identify problems and come up with solutions.
We customize your consultation based on your needs and requests. We can help at various stages in the writing process including:
- Interpreting assignments
- Generating ideas
- Developing critical thinking skills
- Starting a draft
- Formulating a thesis statement
- Organizing an essay
- Spotting punctuation and grammatical errors
- Revising for clarity and coherence
- Integrating quotations
- Compiling a ‘Works Cited’ page
- Documenting sources
Depending on your schedule, needs, and requests, a consultation can last from a few minutes to an hour.
Whenever you come in to the Writing Center, you will be asked to sign in. At your first consultation, you will be asked to fill out a blue card with some basic information. At every consultation, you will fill out a consultation form that helps the consultant know what you want to work on. At the end of the session, you and the consultant will write what you worked on, and if you like, a copy will be sent to your teacher so s/he knows that you are putting in extra effort and what your concerns are.
Making an Appointment
To make an appointment you can call 631-3131; e-mail: email@example.com or stop by the Writing Center. The Writing Center is located in Chapman Hall in the northwest corner of the main lobby.
We suggest that you make an appointment prior to coming in for a consultation. However, we will gladly take walk-ins if a consultant is available when you come in. If all of our consultants are busy, we will be happy to schedule a future appointment for you.
Appointments are made on the hour.
What to Bring to a Consultation
We suggest that you bring the following items (if possible):
- The instructions for your assignment
- Two clean copies of the current draft of your paper (or an electronic copy)
- Your textbook and/or research materials
- Your TU student ID (required)
The Writing Center has six networked computers and a printer. The computers have Microsoft® software and internet access. You are welcome to come in and use the computers to print off a paper, check your email, work on research, or write a draft.
Reference Library and Email Assistance
The Writing Center has a small reference library that includes Writing Program course textbooks, grammar handbooks, documentation manuals (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), dictionaries, and the Writing Program guide. You are welcome to come in and use these books anytime.
If you have any simple writing questions, such as a question about grammar, punctuation, or documenting sources, then you may email the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. A writing consultant will do his/her best to respond in a timely manner.