Who comes to the Writing Center?
Concordia students come to the Writing Center because they know it’s a good idea to talk about their writing and get some feedback. Writers bring in all kinds of writing assignments from courses across the curriculum—social science, business, education, communication, English and many more. It’s a myth that writing centers are for bad writers; the CWC is a place for all writers!
When should I visit?
As soon as possible! Don’t come in the day before an assignment is due; give yourself plenty of time to think, write and revise.
Do I need an appointment?
You can drop by the Writing Center without an appointment, however, we recommend you make one to ensure that a consultant is available to work with you.
How do I make an appointment?
The Writing Center is located in
Theta Lounge (Upper Quads in the residence halls). Sessions may be
available for walk-ins, but please know that we are often booked so
scheduling an appointment online is best. To make an appointment, follow
the directions on our website under Make an Appointment.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
Appointments are usually half an hour. Bring your questions and a draft if you have one. Your writing consultant will want to read the specific assignment so be sure to bring that with you as well. The consultant will then ask you what you’d like help with. After reading the paper together, the two of you will begin discussing it. The writing consultant will respond as a critical reader to what you’ve written, pointing out sections that work well and places with problems. You’ll learn strategies to improve those areas that need strengthening.
Writing consultants focus on the big concerns first. For example, they’ll check to make sure you’re following the assignment guidelines, that your thesis is clear and that your paper is developed logically. After that, they can help you with concerns about style, grammar, word choice, etc.
How do I prepare for a session?
To prepare for a session, please bring in the assignment, a paper or an idea for a paper, and allow ample time after your appointment to rethink and revise your work before it is due. Have clear directions from your professor on what kind of paper you are writing and what documentation style, if any, is required. If these instructions are unclear to you, ask your professor. At times, you may need help getting started. That's fine. Just remember to bring in your assignment sheet, extra paper for writing notes and ideas, and a clear sense of what you want to work on. It will be important for you to tell the consultant what you’d like to focus on during your session.
Do we proofread papers?
We don’t proofread a paper for you. That would help us become great editors, but it wouldn’t make you a better writer. We’ll work with you so that you will become a better proofreader of your own work.
Will visiting the Writing Center guarantee an "A" on my paper?
The purpose of the Writing Center is
to help you become a stronger, more confident writer. Because writing
improvement takes time, we can't promise that you will receive an "A" on
your assignment, but we can promise that with practice you will become a
What else does the Writing Center have?
In addition to our friendly consulting staff, the CWC has dictionaries, thesauruses, writing handbooks, business writing books, style and grammar sheets, and “cheat sheets” on MLA and APA documentation style. We also have a comfy couch, a fireplace, and candy.
What about confidentiality?
The Writing Center staff respects your confidentiality and will not discuss your writing outside of the Writing Center. A report about your session will be sent to your instructor only at your request.