What to expect in a writing consultation

A consultation is a face-to-face, one-on-one meeting between a writer and a writing consultant to talk about a writing project--anything from a College Colloquium paper to a senior thesis. Sessions usually last about three-quarters of an hour (major projects may take longer). Writers can bring in all types of work, from science projects to free-verse poetry, and consulting can occur at any stage of the writing process--before any drafting has begun or after the work has been graded and returned.

Don't worry, we are not going to "tear apart" your paper. We are outside readers who will let you discuss the issues you want to discuss, give you feedback to help you focus on your writing, teach you techniques that can make you a better reviser, and ask you direct questions that will challenge you to think about your project. We are friendly and constructive in our criticisms, and we will not hesitate to point out what is good about your writing.

How to make an appointment

Although consulting is often available on a drop-in basis, making an appointment ensures that a consultant will be available to meet with you. During peak times such as midterms, and finals, we suggest scheduling appointments several days in advance. Appointments can also be made with specific consultants at their scheduled times. To make an appointment, please join our WISE site, and use the "Sign-up" tool. You can also call if you need assistance.

What to bring to a consulting session

You don't need to bring much to an appointment at the Writing Center. Just bring your writing project to date (which may be only notes or ideas), and an open mind. Also, please think about what you especially hope to accomplish in the session so we know where to focus. If your project is for a class, try to bring the assignment; that way, we know exactly what you've been asked to do. Likewise, if it's for an application, try to bring the form or instructions.

Willamette University

Writing Center

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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