Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an appointment or just walk into the Writing Center to work with a consultant?
You can do both: you can make an appointment with our new online scheduling software at elon.mywconline.com or you can walk in and work with a consultant, if one is available. If you walk into the Writing Center and a consultant is available, we will ask you to use our scheduling software to book a current appointment session. PLEASE NOTE: if you are more than 5 minutes late, the consultant will work with any clients that walk in and you will have to reschedule your appointment.

Do I have to have a final draft to meet with a consultant?
No you do not have to have a final draft to meet with a consultant. In fact, we encourage you to visit us earlier on in your writing process. Our consultants are prepared to work with you on any stage of the writing process, including understanding an assignment, brainstorming, starting your research, drafting, revising, editing, & documenting sources.

What should I bring with me?
Our consultants can assist you better if they understand your purpose for writing. Therefore, if possible, it is very helpful for you to bring your assignment handout for the consultant to read. You may also bring any other materials you will find helpful, such as notes, outlines, laptop, books, articles, etc.

Are there certain disciplines or genres I can't bring to The Writing Center?
No. Our consultants have taken a class in which they study how people learn to write and how writing differs across different disciplines. While no one could be an expert in writing in all of the different disciplines, our consultants understand how different disciplines value different kinds of writing, and they know how to work with you and where to look for answers about different kinds of writing.

How many times can I visit The Writing Center?
We encourage you to visit us as many times as you'd like, and you may bring in one assignment several times. We do ask that after working with a consultant, you take some time to work on your assignment alone before visiting us again. This way, you get a chance to practice some of the strategies and to experiment with the ideas that the consultant suggested, before meeting with another consultant.

Will you edit my paper?
No, The Writing Center is not an editing service. Our goal is to help you develop strategies and practices that can help you with your current and future writing assignments. Editing does not achieve these goals. However, a consultant can work alongside you as you practice editing strategies.

What does a typical session look like? How long does a session last?
When a session starts, your consultant will first ask you to fill out a "Client Needs Survey" -- this will help you figure out your priorities, and it will help the consultant understand your needs. You and your consultant will then  work collaboratively through your piece of writing and/or on your questions. This often takes the form of you reading parts of your paper and then discussing those parts with the consultant; both of you asking and answering questions that have been raised; going online to identify helpful resources; etc. At the end of the session, your consultant may ask you to set some goals for yourself as you continue to work on your writing project. Then the consultant will complete a Report for your professor explaining what you worked on in that session. A session can last up to 45-minutes long.

Do you have to inform my professor that I visited The Writing Center?
If you prefer that a Report not be sent to your professor, then inform your consultant about this at the end of your session. You should know, however, that working with a consultant in The Writing Center shows that you care enough about your writing, your assignment, and your education to take the time to get peer-feedback, and most professors see this as a positive step to take. In addition, professors find it interesting and useful to read about what kinds of writing-related issues their students want to work on with a Writing Center consultant.

What are your busiest times?
We are usually busier in the evenings, after 6pm, and on Sundays. We have now extended our Sunday hours so we open at 2pm. If possible, you might want to try and visit us when we are less busy and to make an appointment ahead of time.

How can I get a job as a Writing Center consultant?
Enroll in English 319: Writing Center Workshop. In this class, students study theories about how people learn to write, strategies for helping people become more effective writers, how writing differs across the disciplines, etc. After completing this class successfully, students are then eligible to work for pay in The Writing Center.