Writing Center Sessions
If you haven't visited the Writing Center before, you might be wondering just what happens during a session. Here's what you can expect when you meet with a writing consultant:
First, you'll tell the consultant about the project you're working on. If you have an assignment sheet, proposal requirements, personal statement guidelines, etc. , bring those with you to the session.
Next, the consultant will ask you what stage you're at with the project and if you have any particular concerns about it. Together, you'll make a plan for what you want to accomplish during the session.
If you have a draft, you or the consultant will read it (or parts of it) aloud. Reading aloud helps you and the consultant focus on the draft, and it can help you notice things about your draft that you miss when you read silently. If you don't have a draft yet, you can talk to the consultant about your plans for the paper and the consultant can ask questions that will help you generate more ideas.
During the session, you and the consultant will talk about your project. Feel free to ask questions, and let the consultant know if you want to focus on something else--the two of you can always change directions if you need a different kind of help.
By the end of the session, you'll have an idea of how a reader responds to your draft. You should know what you want to do next to move your project forward. You should also have some strategies you can use on future writing projects.
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