What can / should I bring to my appointment, and how should I prepare?
What to bring: Students may visit the Writing Center with any academic or professional writing project, whether it’s for class, fieldwork or applications. Students may bring documents of any length but should expect to set session goals by the kinds and number of writing concerns presented, the draft stage of the project and the length of the appointment. Having a completed draft, or any draft at all, is not a requirement, and we are happy to brainstorm, strategize and organize with students in the pre-writing phase.
Students meeting us in person with a printed draft are encouraged to bring two copies, though we are very happy to work from a screen. All students, whether meeting us online or in person, should have the assignment instructions. Any additional materials—including instructor feedback, class notes, referenced sources, previous drafts or a grading rubric—may be helpful to have on hand.
How to prepare: Our most productive sessions are often those in which students arrive on time with their materials organized and objectives thought out. In advance of your session, consider:
- rereading your draft
- articulating your questions/concerns
- highlighting moments to discuss in your draft or assignment sheet
- choosing a section of a longer work you most want feedback on
This preparation likely becomes easier with practice, so we recommend scheduling an introductory session with the Writing Center early in the semester to become acquainted.
Of course, students are welcome to visit the Writing Center at any level of preparedness, and we can help you gain perspective on your draft and writing process.