"The Writing Center staff was really helpful and I have been back many times since"
The Writing Center is instructional, with the goal of supporting your efforts to become a better writer. It is a free service offered to all RIT students seeking help with the process of producing quality, college-level writing assignments. This might include an essay, a lab report, an application or cover letter, a résumé, or specific grammatical issues.
The Writing Center is staffed by trained writing consultants who will work with students or faculty at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final revisions. Several of our staff members are also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Cross-registered, NTID-supported students are also welcome to use the ASC Writing Center.
Peer Writing Tutors are also available. This service provides students with high quality, convenient writing assistance from trained peer tutors in the Writing Center after 7:00 pm.
Since we are an instructional center, we will not edit or proofread your writing. Instead, we identify problem areas and offer solutions for addressing them yourself, with the goal of making you an independent writer. We work on an appointment and walk-in basis. Several computers and a printer are available to use while you are working in the Center.
We will be glad to assist you with the form and editing of your Master’s thesis if you first:
After you have done this, we will
Because we are primarily an instructional resource designed to service the entire RIT community, we cannot:
We are aware that some graduate students may need more assistance than we provide. Therefore, you may want to contact the Writing Coordinator, Andrew Perry at (585) 475-6945 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a list of professionals who can provide these services.
Contact: Erica MacArthur, Scholarly Publishing Specialist, Scholarly Publishing (585) 475-2478; email@example.com
The Writing Center is a free service to all RIT students (undergraduate and graduate), as well as faculty and staff members.Do I need to make an appointment?
No, but students who make online appointments from the Writing Center homepage are given priority over walk-ins. It is important to remember that there is higher demand during midterms and finals, so there could be a line. Please plan ahead and try to arrive early.What should I bring with me?
Bring a hard copy of your draft, a copy of your assignment, your course syllabus, and if you have one, your grammar handbook.What should I do before I come to the Writing Center?
We ask that you carefully read over your draft, correcting as many errors as you can. Mark the places where you have questions for the instructor. Be ready to explain the assignment to us.How much time will you spend with me?
While this is up to the discretion of the instructor, and/or the number of other students waiting, a writing consultation will last no longer than 30 minutes or a maximum of 10 pages with each student.Can I use your computers to work on and print my papers?
Yes. We have two computers and a printer for use by students who are receiving instruction in the ASC Writing Center.Can I drop my essay off and come back later to pick it up?
No. As an instructional Center, we believe that you will get the most out of the experience by sitting down with one of our writing consultants.Can I bring in take-home tests/exams?
No. We have a Center policy against giving instruction on exams. We believe that this would give some students an unfair advantage. Exams are designed to test what you know, not what someone else knows.Will you notify my professor that I received help in the Writing Center?
The only courses that we report to professors are Written Communication II and Writing Seminar. It was decided that reporting some basic information to the teachers of these classes is an excellent way to provide more effective support to beginning writers. All other courses are not reported.Will you read graduate thesis projects?
See "Guidelines for Reading Master’s Theses" on the Writing Center’s home page (under "Help With Your Master's Thesis").Will the Writing Center help me contest a grade or evaluate my professor’s written comments on an assignment?
No. Grievances should go through your professor and the course’s home department.What writing support is not provided?
You need to contact Andrew Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Coordinator of the Writing Center, to set up an appointment for a "Plan of Work." At this meeting, the details for fulfilling this requirement will be thoroughly explained.