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 in The Write Place or to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, the FAQ’s provide information about services and policies.
FOR FACULTY & STAFF
All Saint Augustine’s faculty and staff and 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 Writing Center is not a proofreading, editing, or paper-finishing service. Our first concern is making you a better writer. For that, we need to discuss your writing with you. Remember that the role of the writing consultant is to provide support and guidance, not to tell you what to write or to correct all your errors for you.
Will a peer reader correct my paper?
No. We are not here to correct your paper or fix its errors for you. Rather, we are here to help you identify errors, and to equip you with strategies for correcting and fixing them yourself.
Why should I visit The Write Place?
Writing is a difficult task to complete in isolation. In 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 tip, strategies, and resources. Consultants will assist you with learning the skills you need to write with more clarity and confidence.
When 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 AT LEAST a day in advance of your deadline. Revision takes time. Scheduling an appointment just hours (or minutes) before the paper is due is not an effective way to improve your writing.
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 for 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 and answering 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 Writing Center.) You’ll keep one copy, and the Writing Center will keep the other. You should also bring your assignment sheet, your syllabus, any notes you may have, 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.
The appointment I wanted is taken, and there are no other times available that fit my schedule. What do 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 are hoping to be seen as a walk-in (even though the schedule is full). If someone fails to show up an appointment, you will be given their time
SAU'S THE WRITE PLACE
Book an appointment at www.st-aug.mywconline.com to have your consultation in person here on campus. You’ll sit down, one-on-one with an undergraduate peer reader to talk about your writing. Together, you’ll set goals for your conversation, choosing two or three areas or aspects upon which to focus, and then you’ll begin addressing those elements in your writing.
Make the most of your consultation by addressing larger—less grammatical—elements of your paper. Things like:
- thesis statements
- the organization of body paragraphs
- the clarity and flow of ideas
- the quality of the supporting arguments and research
What to bring:
- TWO COPIES OF YOUR DRAFT
- Your assignment sheet or writing prompt and/or the assignment rubric (if you have one)
- Any research or materials you might need—books, journal articles, past class assignments, etc
- A willingness to talk about your work
What is Smarthinking?
Through the Smarthinking Writing Center, students can submit essays, across the curriculum, and receive a thorough critique from a Smarthinking tutor, usually within 24 hours.
Students retrieve their returned essays from their Archives within their Smarthinking account.
Who are the tutors?
Smarthinking tutors are Smarthinking employees who are recruited, hired, trained, scheduled, managed and evaluated by Smarthinking’s staff. Smarthinking tutors are recruited from a variety of sources, including graduate students, trained college peer tutors, community college faculty, and high school teachers. Only tutors with strong backgrounds in tutoring / teaching in their respective fields are hired by Smarthinking. Over 90% of our tutors have a Masters degree or a PhD in their field and on average our tutors have 9+ years of teaching experience.
How do students access Smarthinking?
Through CAMS. Click HERE for a handout with step-by-step instructions.
SPECIAL EVENT & WORKSHOPS
The Write Place is dedicated to offering a range of student support programming. Visit this page weekly for programming updates! Do you have a programming idea? E-mail us at email@example.com