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What to Expect

Writing Commons consultations are goal-oriented sessions that focus on the specific writing task or project you bring to the Writing Commons.

During consultations we can:

  • Review assignments and/or instructor feedback to help clarify expectations
  • Support you in generating and developing your ideas
  • Provide insight into how to effectively incorporate outsides sources, including correct documentation and citation formats
  • Provide you with revision and self-editing strategies
  • Help you set realistic short and long-term project goals and revision plans
  • Offer feedback on applications, résumés, business letters, and personal statements

Our aim is to work with you to develop strategies that are productive for you. Because this work focuses on learning, not merely fixing papers, we suggest that you schedule an appointment well before the assignment due date.

Preparing for your appointment:

  • Come prepared with a copy of your writing assignment (e.g. the course assignment prompt) so that we can support you in determining expectations and set goals
  • Bring a hard copy of your current draft and/or your laptop and materials for taking notes
  • Your session will begin with a conversation with a consultant about your writing process, where you are in the current project you are working on, and what you hope to achieve during the session. Take an active role by asking questions, setting goals, and reflecting with the consultant you meet. See the consultant as a commentator and guide for expanding/clarifying existing ideas, or brainstorming new ones
  • Be prepared to look beyond grammar and proofreading by focusing on big picture issues like structure, organization, purpose, logical reasoning, and style
  • At the end of your session, the consultant will support you in creating a revision plan that will help you continue your work after you leave the Writing Commons

The Writing Commons will not:

  • Edit or proofread your writing for you
  • Accept dropped off papers for feedback
  • Read/respond to take-home tests/exams
  • Read drafts in advance of appointments
  • Read entire drafts during walk-in hours during busy times of the semester (midterms, final exams)