visit student writing support
A writing consultation is a conversation between a writer and a consultant. During that conversation, the participants will set an agenda for the session, talk about the work in progress, and work together to meet the writer's goals.
Student Writing Support offers two kinds of consultations: face-to-face (by appointment and walk-in) and online.
In one-to-one sessions, our writing consultants can help students
- Get started on assignments
- Break through writer’s block
- See their work from a reader’s perspective
- Prepare questions to bring back to their instructor or advisor
- Learn strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading
- Access writing resources
Do you want a quick introduction to Student Writing Support? Watch our video about SWS:
Everybody writes. We'll help you you get better at it.
Interested in knowing what SWS has to offer multilingual writers? Watch this short video: Student Writing Support for Multilingual Writers
how to get the most out of SWS
come in early
- The sooner you come in before a writing project is due, the more help you can get.
- Even if you haven’t written anything, we can help you brainstorm and get started in a face-to-face consultation.
- Make appointments in advance of the “last minute rush” on SWS at peak paper due-date times (such as mid-terms and finals).
- Sessions run much more smoothly if you have everything ready and accessible (your paper draft, notes, syllabus, and assignment sheet).
- The more information you have for us about your writing assignment and goals, the better we can serve you.
- Decide before the session which parts of the paper or particular writing issues you would like to focus on.
come in often
- The more visits you make to SWS, the more help you can get and the more your writing can improve.
- Consider making regular appointments with the same writing consultant to receive writing instruction customized around your specific concerns.
To learn more about what to expect and how to get the most from your visit to the Center, look at our basic and graduate-student-focused informational handouts.