Our friendly and knowledgeable team of undergraduate writing consultants assist student writers from all disciplines and at any stage of the writing process. Typical services of consultants include providing guidance with gathering research, creating an outline, revising a first (or second or third) draft, navigating the documentation process, and polishing a final draft. On-site consultations take place in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with the goal of fostering skills and confidence that can be applied to any writing endeavor.
Visit Boyer 306 to view our space or to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, the FAQs provide information about services and policies.
FOR FACULTY & STAFF
All Saint Augustine’s faculty and staff are encouraged to become familiar with The Write Place and its services. You are always welcomed to come to Boyer 306 to visit, ask questions, speak with a writing consultant, or volunteer.
Can I drop off my paper?
No. The Write Place is not a proofreading, editing, or paper-finishing service. Our priority is to provide assistance and resources so that you can improve as a writer. For that, we need to discuss your writing with you. Remember that the role of the writing consultant is to offer support and guidance, not to tell you what to write or to correct all your errors for you.
Will a writing consultant correct my paper?
Consultants will help you to identify errors and equip you with strategies for improving current and future assignments. Strategies include understanding patterns of errors that affect the comprehension and flow of your paper as well as addressing grammatical needs. It is highly suggested to visit The Write Place far in advance of a paper being due as you will have time to meet with a consultant and apply suggestions.
When and why should I visit the Write Place?
In order to give yourself time to apply what you’ve learned in your consultation, plan to visit The Write Place prior to your assignment’s due date as revision takes time. Scheduling appointment hours (or minutes) before a paper is due is not an effective way to improve your writing.
Writing is a difficult task to complete in isolation. At The Write Place, you’ll get a chance to discuss your writing with a trained consultant. Our goal is to have you leave with high-quality advice and plenty of useful tips, strategies, and resources. Consultants will assist you with learning the skills you need to write with more clarity and confidence.
What happens during a consultation?
You will have a 30 or 60-minute conversation with a consultant about your writing. Some discussion topics include assignment requirements, concerns, and areas of focus. You also will set goals during the consultation. The consultant will often have you to read your paper aloud. He/she will read along with you while asking questions to clarify your ideas, sentences, and paragraphs. You will discuss strategies for making your writing stronger. Any aspect of the paper or process may receive attention, including (but not limited to): organization of content, development of ideas, clarity and precision, audience and purpose, research and sources, documentation and formatting, style and tone, and grammar and mechanics.
How will my professor know that I’ve had a consultation in The Write Place?
After your session has ended, the consultant will file a Writing Center Report Form. This form provides official documentation of your visit along with your Agenda Form. A copy of the Writing Center Report Form will automatically be emailed to you. You can forward it to your instructor, or print it out and hand in a hard copy—or provide us with your instructor’s email address, and have one directly sent to his/her inbox.
Will I be guaranteed a better grade if I visit The Write Place?
Consultants will not grade your paper. They will discuss your assignment with you and provide strategies for improvement. There will not be any speculation made pertaining to grades.
How do I set up an appointment?
Call 919.516.4389 or stop by Boyer, room 306 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be entered into www.st-aug.mywconline.com. Walk-ins are welcomed but will vary based upon the availability of the consultants and appointment scheduled.
What should I bring to my appointment?
If you have a draft, bring 2 copies of it to your appointment. (You can print in The Write Place.) You’ll keep one copy and the other copy will be kept in The Write Place. You should also bring your assignment sheet, course syllabus, notes, and the research or materials you used to write the paper.
What kind of writing can I get help with during an appointment?
We welcome all types of writing: academic essays, research papers, lab reports, reflections, memos, press releases. We prioritize academic work, but we can also help with scholarship essays, cover letters, resumes, and personal statements.
What should I do if I need to re-schedule or miss my appointment?
Call 919.516.4389 or stop by Boyer, room 306 to reschedule. We have a 24-hour no show policy. If you do not show for a scheduled appointment and do not give a 24-hour notice, it will count as a “no show.” If three scheduled appointments (no-shows) are missed, then no additional appointments can be scheduled for the rest of the semester. You are allowed to a have a consultation as a walk-in according to availability.
There are not any appointment times to fit my schedule. What can I do?
- Check the schedule on WCONLINE several times a day. Students occasionally cancel appointments and the time can become available.
- Call 919.516.4389 for cancellations or availabilities.
- Visit The Write Place at the top of the hour and let the receptionist know that you want to be seen as a walk-in (even though the schedule is full). If someone fails to show up for an appointment, you will be given that time.