Can I require my class visit the Writing Center?
We strongly ask that you do not require an entire class to come to the Writing Center. It is well documented that session outcomes suffer when writers are required to attend the Writing Center rather than doing so on an individual and voluntary basis. Furthermore, students who are required to utilize our services often wait until the deadline to do so, thereby creating logistical difficulties for other students who are opting to visit the Writing Center.
We would prefer, instead, that you utilize our Faculty Referral form to refer individual students for help with specific aspects of writing relating to your course. The Faculty Referral form can be found online at http://www.cccti.edu/WritingCenter/InstructorResources.htm. Hard copies may also be obtained at either Writing Center and in the office on the Watauga campus and in the office on the Caldwell campus.
If you have specific questions regarding the policy, please contact Laura Benton on the Caldwell campus for further clarification.
Can someone from the Writing Center visit my class to familiarize students with the services offered?
Yes. We would welcome the opportunity to have direct contact with students to explain what services we offer (and clarify what we do not offer). Please contact either Laura Benton at the Caldwell campus or Writing Center Instructor on the Watauga campus to arrange a date or time. Or, you can fill out our Class Visit Form, which is available on line at http://www.cccti.edu/WritingCenter/InstructorResources.htm and in hard copy form at either Writing Center, and return it to us upon completion.
I would like to keep my writing assignments on file with the Writing Center; how do I do so?
Simply come by either Writing Center or email Laura Benton at the Caldwell Writing Center (email@example.com) or contact the Writing Center Instructor at the Watauga Writing Center. You can attach the assignment to the email or make arrangements to provide us with a hard copy.
Will the Writing Center teach my class grammar?
We are more than willing to offer specialized workshops in class on topics such as MLA format, APA format, editing techniques, revision strategies, approaches to research, thesis development, and many, many more including certain aspects of grammar. However, the idea of teaching a class the mechanics of academic English – even the basics – in one class meeting is a daunting, if not impossible, task. Please bear in mind that the Writing Center is a resource for students and faculty, not a guest lecturer or substitute instructor.
What services does the Writing Center offer faculty?
We offer faculty the same services we offer all writers – an engaged, attentive, and trained reader. We are always willing to read whatever you have written, at any stage of the writing process. However, please know that we offer feedback … not a free, professional edit. We also offer feedback on writing assignments and criteria, specialized in class workshops, class visits to make students aware of Writing Center services, and advice for reading and responding to student work.
I have a student who I think would make an excellent peer consultant. What should I do?
Please have the student contact either Laura Benton in the Caldwell Writing Center or the Writing Center Instructor in the Watauga Writing Center to begin the application process. Also, please be willing to write a letter of recommendation for the student.
Can the Writing Center help me with my grant proposal?
Yes. We offer faculty the same services we offer all writers – an engaged, attentive and trained reader. We are always willing to read whatever you have writer, at any stage of the writing process. However, please know that we offer feedback … not a free, professional edit. Nor will we write your grant proposal for you, just as we would not write a paper for a student.
My student went to the Writing Center, yet there are still errors in their paper. Why?
The overwhelming majority of students are human, as are all consultants in the Writing Center, so far as we know. As such, there is always room for human error. Moreover, we offer only suggestions to writers; we provide writers with the opportunity and environment to make choices as a writer. Consequently, some writers may make an incorrect choice or misunderstand our suggestions. Furthermore, students are not the only segment of stakeholders here at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute who have errors in their writing. (We read your assignments, emails, responses to student writing, etc., so we know even faculty – and, yes, that does include your friendly neighborhood Writing Center, too – make mistakes. Occasionally.) Finally, writing is subjective, as is reading. What one person may see as an error may in fact not actually be grammatically incorrect. Beyond urging you to take this opportunity to speak with your student about your expectations as a reader and explain to them why X is in an error, we would also strongly recommend that you respond first and foremost to big picture concepts such as ideas and content, adherence to the assignment, and effective achievement of learning objectives, rather than focusing solely on sentence level concerns, provided, of course, sentence level issues do not detract from the overall presentation of the paper.
I would like to include some information about the Writing Center on my Blackboard course. Do you have a neat and tidy summation of your services, hours, and contact information?
We sure do. Here is one for the Caldwell Writing Center:
The Writing Center is an invaluable resource where all CCC&TI students can receive assistance from trained writing consultants with any type of writing at any stage of the writing process. In addition, the Writing Center tab on Blackboard is an excellent resource for questions relating to writing, as is their web site located at http://www.cccti.edu/WritingCenter/Index.html. The Caldwell Writing Center is located in F-153 and is open Monday 8-7, Tuesday 8-7, Wednesday 8-7, Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-4. No appointment is necessary.
Please contact Writing Center Coordinator Laura Benton with any questions by calling 726.2722 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here is one for the Watauga Writing Center:
The Writing Center is an invaluable resource where all CCC&TI students can receive assistance from trained writing consultants with any type of writing at any stage of the writing process. In addition, the Writing Center tab on Blackboard is an excellent resource for questions relating to writing, as is their web site located at http://www.cccti.edu/WritingCenter/Index.htm. The Watauga Writing Center is located in the Student Services Center, room 100, and is open Monday 8-5, Tuesday 8-7, Wednesday 8-5, Thursday 8-5, and Friday 8-1. No appointment is necessary.
Please contact Writing Center Instructor, Watauga campus, with any questions by calling 297.2185, extension 5292.
Why is the Writing Center such a valuable resource?
You know, that’s an excellent question. The long and short of it is this – we’re writers, too. We know what it’s like to have a question about say, how to cite a source quoted in another source in MLA format, and not know where to go to find an answer. We know how difficult it is to write for different audiences. We know what it is like to have written something and want to share it. We know, also, how difficult it can sometimes be to respond to writing, how challenging it is to know how to articulate strategies for effective writing. Ultimately, we’re here not because students can’t write, but because they do.