First time making an appointment at the Writing Center? We can't wait to meet you!
To get the most out of your conference, please:
1) Keep the appointment.
Sometimes writers cancel appointments because they don't feel "ready" or don't have a complete draft. We can help! In fact, sometimes having a conference earlier on makes the entire writing process more efficient.
2) Bring the prompt, the texts, and any writing that you've done so far.
Messy notes, post-its, sketches, outlines written on napkins--we've seen it all. Bring whatever you have. And don't forget the assignment and texts. The tutor may revisit them with you during the conference to make sure that you're on track.
3) Check in at the welcome desk.
Look for a staff member at a desk just inside the entrance.
4) Be open to the experience.
Lots of people feel nervous when showing their writing to others. Your tutor probably feels the same way. That's why we structure our conferences as a friendly conversation between peers.
The tutor asks questions, listens, gives suggestions, and teaches you strategies for planning, organizing, drafting, and revising. The more that you participate in the conference, the more you'll learn. We hope you'll not only have better control over the shape and content of your final draft, but also learn strategies to make writing your next paper easier.
5) Help us help you.
Reflect on what you'd like to achieve during the conference and communicate it to your tutor. If you're unsure what you want to work on, that's okay--the tutor can suggest some potential goals for you to choose from.
Also, feel free to share your learning style, preferences, or challenges. The more we know about you as a writer and thinker, the better we can serve you.