Graduate Writing Center FAQ
The Graduate Writing Center is located in Minneapolis Opus Hall, room 334 (lounge 332-342). Students are welcome to stop in to set up an appointment or to do so online at http://stthomas.mywconline.com.
If you are unable to come to campus, please contact the Graduate Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-962-4460.
All students enrolled in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling are charged $15 per semester for services provided by the Graduate Writing Center.
During your appointment, your writing consultant will work with you to answer the questions you have about your writing. Whether you are looking for answers about APA, grammar, or organization, you will likely be asked to read your paper aloud. This method of working through your paper allows both you and your writing consultant to hear where there may be gaps in flow or understanding. The idea, during appointments at the Graduate Writing Center, is to talk through your ideas and to make sure you are communicating your ideas effectively in your writing.
Our appointment times range from 30 to 90 minutes.
During a 90 minute appointment, we are able to work through roughly 6 pages of writing. It is typically recommended to schedule more time than you think you will need.
Though making an appointment is not required, it is recommended. Clients are welcome to walk-in, but it is not guaranteed the time will be available.
Especially during mid-terms and finals, plan on scheduling an appointment to have guaranteed time with a writing consultant.
Yes. However, it is recommended that each group member be present during the time his/her section of writing is reviewed.
Students unable to come to campus have the option of a remote consultation. To schedule a remote appointment, look on the WCOnline scheduler for the consultant named "REMOTE" and schedule an appointment during that time.
With the remote option, you would e-mail your paper to email@example.com before your appointment time.
Once your paper is received, a writing consultant will review your paper using “Comments” and “Track Changes” in Microsoft Word. Progress made during your appointment will then be e-mailed back to you. With this option, you are welcome to call at any point before, during, or after your appointment with specific directions or questions, but you are not required to do so.
Please call or e-mail to let us know! This will open up the schedule for other students to make appointments.
The GWC has an appointment policy: If you do not come to 3 scheduled appointments without calling or e-mailing to cancel, you will no longer be able to schedule appointments in advance and are only eligible for walk-ins for the remainder of the semester.
To encourage free and open communication among writers, the Writing Center will not divulge information about a client’s sessions unless the client asks that a faculty member be informed of his/her time at the Center.
Your professor will only know of your appointment at the GWC if you request that he/she knows. After each appointment, your writing consultant will ask whether you would like an e-mail sent to your professor informing him/her of your appointment. This is your chance to have us send an e-mail. Most professors like to see their students taking the extra initiative to improve their writing.
Take it from us that an extra pair of eyes on an assignment can work wonders. Many students who come in to the Center are fantastic writers. The Graduate Writing Center can provide polish and give feedback where there may be gaps in flow or understanding.
The GWC is not a drop-off site for papers. We do not merely edit but rather aim to work collaboratively with students on their writing. We do not guarantee grades. We are not experts when it comes to Microsoft Word or other word processing programs.