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Student FAQs

What should I expect from the Writing Center?
At the Writing Center, you can expect to sit down and work one-to-one with an attentive, engaged, and trained consultant. We will first discuss the nature of the assignment before proceeding on to a conversation regarding your expectations for the session. We will then move on to your writing, responding to your text as a reader and asking you questions for you to consider as a writer. We will provide you with a positive learning environment – specially tailored to your unique needs and concerns as a writer – and the opportunity to actively engage with your writing.

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What should I bring to the Writing Center?
Bring anything and everything you have that relates to what you have written! Bring the assignment, if there is one, and – of course, bring what you already have written. We will work with whatever you have.

If you have yet to begin writing and want to come in and talk about your ideas and possible approaches, please feel free to do so as well.

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Will the Writing Center write my paper for me?
No. And for that matter, nor will we actually write on your paper.

We work with writers, not writing. What we do is we provide writers with a workshop experience and the opportunity to have a reader actively read their work.

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Do I need to make an appointment?
No. At this time, no appointment is necessary.

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Will the Writing Center read my creative writing?
Yes. We can help with any type of writing and, in fact, we would be delighted to read short stories or poems. We will offer you honest feedback on whatever you would like to share with us. However, please understand that we are not an editing service for your novel …

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Will I get an “A” on my paper if I come to the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is a non-evaluative space; we do not offer predictions of grades, best case estimates, or any type of comment that is in any way, shape, or form evaluative. We will, however, work with you to help you achieve your stated learning objectives. We will also work with you to become a stronger, more confident writer. But under no circumstances will we promise a writer a grade.

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Can the Writing Center help me with my resume?
Yes.  We can help with any type of writing in any form … including resumes and their omnipresent friend, the cover letter. We can also steer you in the direction of other resources available to you on each campus should you have more specialized questions or concerns.

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I haven’t started my paper yet; can the Writing Center help me?
Yes. We work with writers at all stages of the writing process. We can help you better understand an assignment, develop a plan for research, craft a thesis, or discuss possible approaches to an assignment before you begin drafting.

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Where is the Writing Center?
On the Caldwell campus, the Writing Center is located in F-153.
On the Watauga campus, the Writing Center is located in the Student Services Center, room 100.

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When is the Writing Center open?
The Caldwell Writing Center is open Monday 8-7, Tuesday 8-7, Wednesday 8-7, Thursday 8-7, and Friday 8-4.

The Watauga Writing Center is open Monday 8-5, Tuesday 8-5, Wednesday 8-7, Thursday 8-5, and Friday 8-2. The Watauga Writing Center is closed Monday through Thursday from 12 to 1.

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Can I drop my paper off?
No. We work with writers, not writing. As such, we ask that the writer be present, prepared, and engaged as we read their work. We are a resource available to writers … not a “fix it” service or a place to “git’ ‘er dun” to use the parlance of our times.

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How long will a consultation take?
Because each session is predicated on the individual needs of the writer, each consultation is unique. Therefore, it is difficult to say how long a given session will last without first knowing the needs and concerns of a writer.

However, twenty to forty minutes is a good rule of thumb, though a consultation could take up to an hour. (We limit sessions to an hour so as to be available to work with other writers and to make the most effective use of both ours and the writer’s time; if, after an hour, a writer still has questions, we strongly urge them to come back by after having made revisions.)

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I have a group paper due; can I come to the Writing Center?
Yes, as can the other members of the group. We are happy to read and offer feedback to any and all writers present from a group. However, if the writer of a section is not present, we will not offer feedback on that section, keeping in mind, again, that we work with writers, not writing.

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How can I become a peer consultant?
On the Caldwell campus, come by the Writing Center and speak with Laura Benton.
On the Watauga campus, come by the Writing Center and speak with Laura Benton.
You will need to have passed English 111, preferably with a grade of an “A,” submit a recent writing sample, a statement regarding why you would be interested in working as a peer consultant, and a letter of reference from a faculty member who can attest to your skills and capabilities.

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Why is the Writing Center so awesome?
You know, that’s a good 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. Most of all, we’re here not because students can’t write, but because they do.

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