1. Who uses the Writing Center?
  2. How can the Writing Center help me?
  3. Are appointments always necessary?
  4. Will Writing Center staff members edit or proofread documents?
  5. English is not my first language. How can the Writing Center help me?
  6. Is there a fee for using the Writing Center?
  7. Are Writing Center services confidential?

 

Q 1: Who uses the Writing Center?

Writers from across the University community, including students, faculty and staff, seek feedback from Writing Center consultants.

Q 2: How can the Writing Center help me?

By engaging in conversation with you about your project, listening to you read your draft aloud, or helping you brainstorm ideas, a writing consultant can help you put your thoughts into words and get a sense of whether your words convey to another person the meaning you intend. A consultant can help you answer the question that most writers have at some point: "Does this make sense?" Through reflective listening and by asking questions about what he or she doesn't understand, the consultant can help you to clarify your own thinking and writing at all levels, from organization and content to grammar and sentence structure.

Q 3: Are appointments always necessary?

No. However, if you wish to meet with a staff member, we strongly encourage calling ahead for an appointment to make sure someone will be available when you arrive.

Q 4: Will Writing Center staff members edit or proofread documents?

No. We customarily work with the writer present, and the writer makes all changes to a draft. Usually the writer reads the draft aloud and the consultant follows along, with either person stopping for clarification when necessary. When grammatical issues need to be addressed, the consultant may show you how to recognize and correct a particular kind of error, such as a run-on sentence or a problem with verb tense, and then help you learn to proofread for such errors yourself.

Q 5: English is not my first language. How can the Writing Center help me?

By engaging the writer in conversation about a writing task or a draft, Writing Center consultants offer people who are learning English a comfortable, non-judgmental environment in which to practice and refine their speaking and writing skills. Consultants are familiar with common areas in which English poses problems for non-native speakers, and can help writers learn to recognize and address these aspects of their own writing.

Q 6: Is there a fee for using the Writing Center?

No. All Writing Center services are free for members of the Bucknell community.

Q 7: Are Writing Center services confidential?

The Writing Center keeps track of sessions, but we keep client identities private.

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