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What to Expect

When you come to the Writing Center, you can expect to collaborate with a thoughtful reader in a friendly, low-stakes environment. You can bring your work in at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to drafting or revising for content or style– we’re here to help, at “every stage of the page!” If you choose an online appointment, you can meet with your tutor via Zoom or upload your draft to receive feedback asynchronously.

At the Writing Center, we believe that the best way to improve your writing is to talk about it. We aim to create a supportive community of writers, where you will feel that your ideas are valued and your voice matters. While we provide writing expertise, you are the expert on content.  We will encourage you to rethink and revise your work, with our help. We believe that with time and practice, in the words of Peter Elbow, “everyone can write.”

Whether you seek in-person or online help, you can expect a collaborative experience. Your tutor will ask lots of questions and help draw out your ideas. They may point to places where you can improve or ask questions about specific parts of the paper.  You might do some hands-on work, such as creating an outline, revising a paragraph, or finding a new source.  After your session, you will receive a report that summarizes your tutor’s advice.