The Writing Center is here to help you become a better writer. While that means our sessions are usually focused on helping you with a particular text, our goal is to teach skills that will strengthen your writing abilities beyond a single assignment. In our one-on-one sessions, we assist you with any kind of writing at any stage. From research essays to lab reports, resumes, or even creative writing, we help with:
Generating, organizing, and developing ideas
Analysis, synthesis, and argument
Summary, paraphrase, and documentation
Understanding error patterns
Research strategies and source usage
Establishing effective proofreading skills
How to Prepare for a Consultation
Remember to bring all relevant materials and
documents to ensure a productive session. This may include the assignment
description, syllabi, class notes, instructor comments, and your piece of
writing (if you’ve started).
About Group Sessions
In addition to our one-on-one sessions, students can sign up for group sessions when working on a group project. If only one group member attends, however, consultants will only assist with "global concerns" that relate to the entire project—for example, organization, transitions, stylistic consistency, and citations. More "local" or sentence-level concerns will require individual appointments for each group member. Questions or concerns about this policy should be discussed with the Director or Assistant Director.
About Confirmation of Visit Forms ("Blue Sheets")
Students who need proof of their visits can request a Confirmation of Visit Form (also known as a "blue sheet"). Below are some guidelines and policies regarding these forms:
- Please notify the consultant at the beginning of the session that you need a form. Checking the box in WCOnline during the appointment-making process doesn't auto-generate a form; you'll still need to explicitly request one.
- You must be an active partcipant and collaborator for at least 30 minutes. Consultants have the Director's full support to refuse a form. If you arrive late to/leave early from your appointment for any reason -- technological/travel issues, classes, work, etc. -- we may not be able to provide a form.
- We do not provide forms for the After Hours Drop Box or the Graduate Drop Box because we have no way of knowing whether the feedback was considered or any learning/revision occurred as a result. If you need proof of "visit," please submit the explanatory letter and/or document with comments.
- For synchronous online sessions, consultants will attach your form to your
appointment. If it doesn't arrive via email after your session, please
login to WCOnline, open your appointment, and scroll to the bottom to
find the attached file.
Please direct questions or concerns to Justin Bain, Director, at Justin.Bain@ucdenver.edu