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How do I sign up for a writing seminar?

Due to COVID-19 we are currently not offering in-person seminars. See Undergrad Modules and Seminars or GradWRITE Seminars for information about for how Fall 2020 seminars will be deliverred. 

Can I ask a writing advisor a quick question if I don't have an appointment?

No. We give our full attention to students with booked appointments, or students who have submitted their writing to Online Writing Assistance. Due to COVID-19 we are not offering in-person appointments. To book a Zoom appointment or submit a paper to Online Writing Assistance - see below. Drop-In services at Weldon Library are currently not available. 

How do I book an appointment?

Booking appointments is now done ONLINE only. Currently Zoom Sessions by Appointment are only available to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Undergraduates can submit their work to Online Writing Assistance

How long is an appointment?

Zoom Appointments last for a maximum of fifty minutes. Weldon Drop-In sessions last a maximum of twenty-five minutes. Weldon-Drop-In sessions are currently not being offered due to COVID-19.

How do I sign up for a Weldon Drop-In session?

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Weldon Drop-In Centre is closed until further notice. When open, our drop-in services in the D.B. Weldon Library operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Write your name on the sign-up sheet that writing advisors post outside the door.

This free service is located in Weldon Library, Room 102A, beside Argo Tea Café. Hours are as follows:

10:30 - 4:30 Monday to Friday. Fall and Winter terms only. Currently: CLOSED

What happens during an appointment?

  1. The writing advisor will ask you some questions about the assignment on which you are working.
  2. To determine how to make the appointment as beneficial for you as possible, you and the writing advisor will discuss your concerns about the paper and review feedback you have received in the past.
  3. The writing advisor will review the paper with you, give you feedback, and answer questions you have about the writing process, your style, the way you organize your material, the clarity of ideas, and any other concerns that arise.
  4. The writing advisor may refer you to Writing Support Centre resources to review issues regarding grammar or punctuation.

What does not happen during an appointment?

  1. Writing advisors DO NOT edit student papers. The paper remains in your control at all times. 
    There is one exception to this strict guideline. Writing advisors may help more extensively with papers that will not be submitted for a grade (such as professional school applications, scholarship applications, or statements of purpose).
  2. Writing advisors do not focus the session on small grammatical concerns. They may address one or two issues by teaching you about the problem, but they will not make changes for you.
  3. Writing advisors do not tell you what kind of grade you can expect on your paper. That decision is for course instructors and teaching assistants to make.

Why won't the writing advisor edit my paper?

Writing advisors do not edit papers in order to maintain academic integrity. Students are responsible for their own work. The goal of the Writing Support Centre is to help members of the Western community improve as writers.

What can I do to prepare for a session with a writing advisor?

  1. You can bring materials from any stage of the writing process. These may include the instructions for the assignment, a rough draft, an outline, prewriting notes, or completed work. Note that you do not have to have any work complete to use our services; we can help brainstorm ideas to get you started. In fact, we encourage this, as the importance of prewriting is often underestimated.
  2. You are also welcome to bring graded papers, so that we can provide you feedback on your past performance and your instructor's comments.

What if I'm concerned about my writing, but am not currently working on anything?

Since we focus on individual writers, we welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone who wants to work on their writing skills. Feel free to bring some previous work or a list of questions about your writing.

Will anyone know that I'm using the service?

Writing Support Centre one-to-one appointments and Online Writing Assistance are confidential. In some cases, instructors will give extra credit for student visits, and arrangements are made to let the instructor know students have visited the centre; however, the record of the session still remains confidential.

What if I can't make it to my appointment?

You must give 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment. If you do not show up, or if you cancel on the day of your appointment, you will not be allowed to book a new appointment for 10 school days. Please login to Western Connect and cancel your appointment as soon as you know you won't be able to attend so that time slot becomes available for someone else.

The Writing Support Centre: True and False

  • The Writing Support Centre is an editing service. FALSE
  • The Writing Support Centre only provides help at a remedial level. FALSE
  • Good writers can benefit from a peer review. TRUE
  • Writing advisors only focus on the surface elements of a paper. FALSE
  • Writing advisors will write comments and corrections on your papers. FALSE
  • You can use your appointment just for a brainstorming session. TRUE
  • Students can drop off their papers for the Writing Support Centre staff to proofread. FALSE
  • A Writing Support Centre appointment is an absolute guarantee of a better grade. FALSE
  • Undergraduates use the Writing Support Centre. TRUE
  • Graduate students use the Writing Support Centre. TRUE
  • One-to-one advising sessions at the Writing Support Centre are free. TRUE
  • You can book an appointment with a writing advisor online. TRUE
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