What kind of help can I get from a Writing Center consultation? Whatever you need! We help with every stage of the composing and communicating process: from the “I-have-no-idea-what-I-want-to-write-about” stage to the fine tuning of a completed work. All consultations are completely confidential; what you discuss in the Writing Center stays between you and your consultant.
What do I bring to my appointment? Your work can be handwritten, typed and printed on paper, or we can review your work on the many computers available. If you need help with a multimedia project such as a website, poster, slideshow, video, or document with supporting visuals, we have high-powered Macs and a big screen TV for easy viewing.
How does the consultation start? We advise you to make an appointment, but you are also welcome to walk-in and meet with a consultant if one is available. When you arrive at the Writing Center for your consultation, our receptionist will greet you and take you to your consultant.
How does the consultant help with writing? Your consultant will ask, “What’s your project about? What do you need help with the most?” Most consultations are 30 minutes long, and it goes by fast. If you have specific questions and concerns, feel free to write them down and bring them with you. You may be asked to read your work out loud. We find this helps writers of all levels to write clear sentences that read naturally, and you and your consultant can make note of areas you wish to change. We do not edit or proofread your writing for you; we do not mark on your paper and all changes are ultimately your decision. Our goal is to help you communicate your ideas in your own voice, in the way that is best for you.
Is my consultant a teacher? A few of our consultants are faculty, but most are grad and undergrad students at UK. Our consultants love writing and excel at helping. Like most upper-classmen at UK, they’ve written several papers and projects, and they’ve developed strategies for success. Your consultant is a guide, a helpful colleague, and a sounding board for your ideas.
What if meeting on campus is not convenient for me? You can make an online appointment with the same friendly, knowledgeable consultants.
What happens at the end? At the end of the consultation, you and your consultant will strategize what steps to take next with your project. If you like, you can schedule a future appointment with the same consultant to assess your progress. Most visitors return again and again. We hope you do, too!