Individual Consultations on Writing

Many members of the faculty and staff consult us about their own writing. In private sessions you can talk about your ideas, read us your draft, revise a chapter of your book, edit your dissertation, or practice a professional presentation.

Individual sessions typically last for one hour. In these sessions, writers are asked to describe their chief concerns about a draft in progress and are invited to read the draft aloud to the consultant, stopping when questions arise or when the consultant or writer wishes to summarize or ask for clarification.

Consultants may provide instruction in editing and proofreading, but will not serve as editors or proofreaders of your work.

To schedule an appointment with a member of the Writing Center professional staff, call 570.577.3141.

Faculty Writers' "Boot Camp"

Sometimes it is easier to write when you articulate your goals to like-minded peers, commit to a plan, and work in the presence of others engaged in similar tasks. These (usually) five-day writing retreats, held in early January and during spring break, are sponsored by the Writing Center and funded by the Office of the Provost.

Participants are expected to commit to writing together for all five days of the session, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with scheduled breaks for coffee/tea and lunch (lunch and continental breakfast are provided). Sign-ups are invited via the faculty listserv in November and February on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact any Writing Center staff member at 570.577.3141. For another perspective on the writing boot camp phenomenon, see Ashley Sanders' overview from Inside Higher Ed, May 2014.

Book Proposals

Faculty and staff members writing book proposals may find helpful the following documents from a book proposal workshop co-sponsored by Bucknell University Press and the Office of Sponsored Projects: