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A visit to Student Writing Support (SWS) involves a writing consultation, which 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 (SWS) 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 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 from SWS

Come in early
  • The earlier you come in before a writing project is due, the more work we can do together.
  • 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 midterms and finals).
Come prepared
  • To help your consultant understand the context of your writing project, please bring your draft, assignment sheet, syllabus, notes, or any other materials you want to share with the consultant.
  • In a 40-minute session, consultants may only be able to read a few pages of your draft; to make the most effective use of your time, it can be helpful to decide before the consultation what parts of your paper or writing process you would most like to focus on.
Come in often
  • The more visits you make to SWS, the more you can develop as a writer.
  • Consider making regular appointments with the same writing consultant to receive writing instruction customized around your specific strengths and goals.

To learn more about what to expect and how to get the most from your visit to the Center, look at our general and graduate-student-focused informational handouts.

Please be aware of the Center's important policies related to appointments, privacy, and identification.