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A writing consultation is a 50-minute appointment in which you meet with a writing consultant to go over written work or assignments. The writing consultant will begin by asking you questions about your writing goals and concerns, and then both of you will craft an agenda for the session. Since the Writing Center believes in educating instead of editing, the writing consultant will focus on higher-order concerns and repeated patterns of error, not typos. Be ready to be an active participant in the session; writing consultants will not complete your work or offer ideas regarding writing content.
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No! The Writing Center is provided at no additional cost to UMB students.
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The Writing Center offers synchronous online consulting for those who cannot make it to campus. These consultations are conducted using a built-in module of WCOnline. For more information, read our guide, How To Schedule an Appointment.
Our online consultations function like our face-to-face consultations: We will focus on your higher-order concerns and repeated patterns of error. These sessions are synchronous, meaning you need to be online and logged into WCOnline during your scheduled time. The Writing Center does not allow clients to simply "drop off" a paper for editing. Please make sure that you are able to either call us or have us call you if the camera and/or microphone on your computer don’t work. We cannot conduct a full and productive session via chat. For more information, read our guide, How To Schedule an Appointment.
Consultations may be cancelled up to 24 hours before the appointment.
If you fail to show up for an appointment or to provide 24 hours notice of cancellation for a writing consultation, it will be counted as a no-show. After two no-shows, you will not be able to make appointments with us for the rest of the semester.
Our consultants are able to meet with you at any stage of the writing process; however, it is best to schedule an appointment early so that you have plenty of time to revise. Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance but cannot be made for the day the paper is due.
Our writing consultants do not edit or proofread. The philosophy of the Writing Center is to help individuals improve their critical thinking, revision, and editing skills rather than just proofreading papers for grammar or spelling errors.
Please bring a printout of your writing as well as any prompts or rubrics. Since our goal is to help you with your writing goals, come prepared to discuss the issues you would like to address.
Since our writing consultants focus on higher-order concerns and repeated patterns of error, there is a chance we might not get through every page of your draft. Remember, our mission is to help you become a self-sufficient writer, not to proofread your paper.
The Writing Center works with all writers of all abilities. Our client registration form and appointment form feature spaces for clients to confidentially disclose any information they would like our staff to know.
Half of the Writing Center's clients are non-native speakers and writers of English. While we do not currently offer any specialized services for our multilingual clients, each of our consultants receives basic training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). For a list of external English as a Second Language (ESL) services, please contact the Writing Center directly.