Our work does not replace the teaching of writing in the classroom. We supplement and support classroom instruction. We are an alternative learning site that encourages student independence and assists the writer's progress.
Most importantly, we value student ownership of student work.
Tim Fountaine, the writing center's director, is available to faculty for some kinds of consultation should you need support developing writing assignments and responding to and assessing student writing as part of a curriculum or classwork.
We also are available as consultants on faculty members' writing projects.
We work with students at all stages in the writing process.
Our consultants provide an early audience for student-writers. We model the writing process and alert writers to possible gaps, inconsistencies, areas of confusion in a particular piece of writing by asking the kinds of questions we know writers need to learn to ask themselves. Our questions also signal points where ideas, language and style are working effectively and convincingly.
Our approach is process-based and holistic.
Our questions and responses depend on a student's drafting progress. We focus on brainstorming, developing order and logic, enriching arguments with research and with counter-arguments with students with an early draft. For those with more developed work we are more likely to focus on incorporating quotations, citation styles, word choice and clarity, and issues of editing.
Students can make as-needed appointments or arrange for a series of appointments or regular weekly sessions with a specific writing coach.