Writing Center FAQ

How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment with a Writing Advisor by phone at 253.879.3404, by completing this form, or by stopping by Howarth 109. If you leave a voicemail message, please don’t forget to leave a phone number where we can reach you!

At our busiest times of the year (midterms and finals), it is best to call or walk in to schedule an appointment. In the time it takes for us to answer your email, we might have already scheduled an appointment in the time slot you requested.

Do you have drop-in hours?
The Writing Center offers drop-in hours where you can meet with a writing advisor without an appointment. During fall or spring semester, you can drop by with your brief questions on a drop-in basis between the hours of 3-4 p.m., Sunday-Thursday.

Help! I need an appointment but the advisor in my major is all booked for weeks! What do I do?
All of our advisors are trained to help you with your assignment, no matter the subject.

I am in a Writing and Rhetoric Seminar and my professor recommended one person specifically. What do I do if s/he is booked for the week?
Your writing liaison is just one of many great advisors available to help you. All of our advisors have been trained to work with papers from across the disciplines, and any one of them will be able to make helpful suggestions.

I am working on a personal statement for a graduate or professional school or a fellowship application. Whom should I contact?
Please contact the Writing Center by phone at 253.879.3404, by form, or in person at Howarth 109, clarifying that you are working on a personal statement or fellowship application. You will work with one of our faculty advisors (Eric Orlin, Renee Simms, or Julie Nelson Christoph). Make your appointment in advance, as these appointments tend to fill quickly.

Do you work with alumni?
We frequently work with alumni who are working on personal statements for post-graduation opportunities like fellowships and professional/graduate school applications. First priority for appointments goes to current students, but if you contact the Writing Center by phone at 253.879.3404, by form, or in person, clarifying that you are an alum working on a personal statement, we can usually get you an appointment for a Skype or email session within two weeks.

What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring your notes or the working draft of your paper, along with a copy of the prompt your professor gave you. If your paper uses sources, it may be helpful to bring those as well. Try to be prepared with some ideas of what you would like to work on. Also, the most productive appointments are those scheduled in advance, so try to avoid last-minute, day-it's-due appointments.  You don’t have to have a draft to have an appointment; we’re ready to help you brainstorm or talk through a prompt.

What if I can’t think of a way to start writing? Do I need to have a draft to bring to an appointment?
Writing advisors will be happy to help you develop ideas for your paper. In that case bring the prompt and any sources you might be working with.

Will you proofread or edit my paper?
Writing advisors do not copy edit papers. Rather, they work with you on developing your argument, organization, and ideas. If you have specific technical concerns (i.e. citation styles, proper grammar, appropriate punctuation), advisors will of course work through any problem areas with you and can introduce you to our many helpful handouts.  While we won’t “correct” your paper, we’ll help you become a better proofreader of your own work.