Meet with your consultant in person in the Lab for Writing and Communication on Mason's Fairfax campus in Johnson Center 227E. Your consultant will work with you on all phases of a writing project from brainstorming to revising. In the session, the consultant will ask you about your goals, provide feedback, share tips and strategies, and help you make a plan for further developing or revising your project. Sessions begin on the half hour (e.g. 10:30, 11:30, etc.) and last up to 45 minutes.
In a typical face-to-face session you will
Review the assignment
The consultant will ask you about the purpose of the piece of writing you have brought in. If you are working on an assignment for a course, please remember to bring the assignment prompt.
Read through the piece of writing
We'll ask you to read your draft aloud; this is a classic editing technique that can help you and your consultant identify areas in the draft to work on. If you prefer not to read aloud, just tell your consultant.
Set your goals for the session
You and your consultant will set the agenda for the session together. It is helpful if you arrive with an idea of what you would like to work on—the paper's organization, your thesis and supporting evidence, or sentence-level concerns. Once you’ve reviewed the assignment and read through the piece of writing, the consultant may suggest working on an additional issue or two.
Have a conversation about your work
The consultant will pose questions and make observations about the issues you've decided to work on in the session. From this conversation you and the consultant will determine a plan for revising and moving forward with this assignment.
Work on strategies for effective writing
Your consultant might recommend strategies or provide resources for you to take with you to help you both with the assignment at hand and with future writing projects.
Leave with a plan for moving forward
You and your consultant will spend the last few minutes of the session summarizing what you've discussed and sketching a plan for moving forward, whether that be conducting more research, developing your ideas, or revising your draft.
Please remember that the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service. We work with you to improve your own proofreading and editing skills, but we don’t simply point out problems or rewrite them for you. We want to help you learn to become your own best proofreader and editor.