Writing consultants love talking to writers about their projects. They are observant readers who are good at explaining how they react to a draft. They are experienced writers themselves, and they know how much hard work goes into the writing process. They are good at asking questions that help writers see their projects in a new way.
Our staff is made up of experienced undergraduate student writers and graduate students and faculty with experience teaching writing. As consultants, all participate in ongoing professional development to continually improve their skills and to keep up with current writing center theory and practice.
Writing Consultants: What They Can and Cannot Do
Consultants CAN help you at all points in your writing!
You can talk to a consultant about a writing assignment before you even begin writing.
You can show consultants notes, idea lists, and other explorations.
You can bring in a rough draft for help on how to revise it so that it is focused and makes sense to a reader
You can bring in almost-finished papers for help with polishing
Consultants CAN help you with organization and development!
You can ask for help in figuring out what you want to say.
You can talk to a consultant about developing more ideas.
You can bring in a paper that has all of your ideas and ask for advice on reorganizing so the paper has a better flow.
You can meet with a consultant about using transitions to tie your ideas together.
Consultants CAN help you with style and mechanics!
You can ask about improving sentence length and variation.
You can get help in shaping your argument.
You can seek advice on the piece’s tone, diction, and voice.
Consultants CAN help you with formatting and working with sources!
You can see a consultant for help using resources and guides to properly cite source material.
You can talk to a consultant about evaluating and incorporating outside sources.
You can meet with a consultant for help on formatting papers.
Consultants CAN help you with sentence level clarity!
You can ask for help on how to proofread and copy-edit your work.
You can go to a consultant for explanations of writing, editing, or grammar terms.
You can ask a consultant to look over specific corrections you have made.
Consultants CANNOT do the work for you!
You cannot drop off your paper for the consultant to fix.
You cannot avoid the work of researching, writing, revising, or editing by working with a consultant.
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