Frequently Asked Questions
We have two locations. The main writing center can be found in Building 51, in Room 117. The second location, the Write Place Satellite, is located in the library in the Miller center building on the first floor, way back by the copy room and periodicals.
Very often, consultants are available for drop-in appointments. However, just before and during midterm and in the weeks leading up to finals week, we get very busy. If you want to ensure that a consultant will be available to work with you, make your appointment a day in advance of the time you need or call us at 308-2031 to be sure an appointment is available.
You can make an appointment by going to our website at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/writeplace/ and then by clicking on "make an appointment with a consultant. Or, if you prefer you may call 308-2031 and our receptionist will help you make an appointment.
Generally speaking, the earlier in the process you begin to work with a consultant, the more help she or he can give you. We encourage you to come in when you are in the planning and early drafting stages and to continue to work with a consultant throughout your writing process. Most students who use our services come in when they are nearly finished with a writing project. We are certainly willing and able to help at this stage, but we know that there are limits to the depth and quality of feedback we can provide when writers have limited time for revision.
If you are working on an academic assignment, bring your syllabus and any written description of your writing assignment your professor may have given you. Bring a draft of your paper and, if possible, any research notes you are working from.
You should expect to do a lot of talking and thinking. Whether you are planning your writing, drafting and revision, or are working on final editing your consultant will be asking you lots of questions and giving you plenty of opportunity to ask your own questions. consultants won't tell you what to write, nor will they copyedit papers for you. Instead, they are charged with helping you learn to think like a writer--particularly, a writer in an academic community. They will model the kinds of questions academic writers ask themselves. The consultants will help you think about who your audience is and how to write in ways that your audience will recognize as being legitimate, convincing, compelling. When you are talking with your consultant about citations, syntax, or copyediting issues, they will teach you the concept and then give you opportunities to apply the concept with their help. You'll recognize this as "learning by doing." Writing Center tutorials are highly interactive.
The policy for appointments is as follows: 1 appointment per day per location. 4 hours per week maximum in the main location. 3 hours per week maximum in the library location. Maximum length of appointment is 1 1/2 hours.
Although we recommend a face to face consultation as the most effective working arrangement, sometimes it may be difficult come to the writing center. In that case, you may want to try making an online appointment with a consultant. These appointments are synchronous; that is, they are done in real time via chat function. Both the writer and the consultant are able to see and work on the paper, which is uploaded to our online module. For more information, contact us at 308-2031.