Writing Commons Overview

The RIT Writing Commons is staffed by a team of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty writing consultants with expertise in STEM and Humanities disciplines. In Fall 2020, all writing consultations will be online, scheduled through WCOnline 

Our consultants provide both individualized and group feedback and guidance on academic and professional writing at any stage of the writing process. 

The Writing Commons does not charge for any of its resources or appointments. We are available for appointments with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. 

Undergraduate Students

Writing Commons consultants support students in becoming confident, inventive, and dynamic writers. From research papers to lab reports, sessions can focus on both higher-order concerns (audience, genre, use of sources) and lower-order concerns (grammar, editing, formatting). During a goal-oriented conversation about writing from invention to final draft, writing consultants will help you identify patterns they see in your writing and support you in developing new writing knowledge and skills.

Graduate Students

Graduate students working on large projects (e.g. theses, dissertations, and capstones) are encouraged to make appointments with writing consultants in advance through WCOnline. We currently have two Graduate Writing Consultants on staff, identified in WCOnline. If you are working on a thesis or dissertation, please be familair with guidelines published by your department. Keep these guidelines accessible so that you and your consultant can refer to them, if necessary.

Online Writing Commons

The Online Writing Commons @ RIT is a collection of resources for interested students and faculty looking to improve their writing, reading, researching, and revising processes. Many of the resources on this page are maintained by RIT Libraries and the Wallace Center. Faculty may also consider these resources when designing curriculum and supporting students.

Please send questions to Phil Shaw, Writing Commons Coordinator: pxsldc@rit.edu.

1-on-1 Consultations

The Writing Commons has been designed to provide space for one-to-one and group appointments with a writing consultant. We offer both one-time and recurring weekly appointments. To book an appointment, visit https://rit.mywconline.com. If you are a first-time user, you must register in order to start scheduling appointments.

You or the consultant may discuss the possibility of a recurring appointment. Recurring appointments give students the opportunity to work with the same consultant once a week over the course of a semester to develop a sustained and supportive relationship, and provide time and space for students to get feedback on all stages of more complex, or multifaceted, writing projects. 

Group Sessions

The Writing Commons has also been designed to provide space for group appointments with a writing consultant. Group consultation includes the opportunity for a small group of students working on a shared writing project to talk collaboratively with a writing consultant about any aspect of their group work, including how to draft and revise with multiple writers. For group appointments in Fall 2020, please provide a Zoom link when you create the appointment, and make that link available to the consultant and group members. 

Peer Consultants

Are you interested in becoming a peer student writing consultant? Learn more about Peer Consultants here