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1. Where is the Salisbury University Writing Center located?

Our office can be found in Room 260 of the Guerrieri Academic Commons on the second floor, facing Red Square. 

2. Do I have to make an appointment? 

No, we accept walk-ins if we have an available consultant at the time. But if you would like to meet at a specific time, you can make an appointment with us by stopping by or calling 410-543-6332. Keep in mind that each session lasts about 30 minutes. If you think you need a longer session, you may request a 60-minute appointment.

3. How frequently can I come to the University Writing Center?

To give all students a fair chance of getting an appointment with us, there is a weekly limit on sessions. Everyone will be allowed two 30-minute or 60-minute session per week from Sunday through Friday, unless otherwise approved by Gayle Metzger, Interim Assistant Director of the Writing Center. Please note that the two-appointment-per-week policy applies to both scheduled appointments and walk-in appointments. If you have extenuating circumstances, please email

Additionally, writers should focus on one writing assignment per session so that writers and consultants have time to discuss each text thoroughly. 

4. What if I can't make it to my appointment or I'm running late?

Writers must show up to appointments on time or cancel with as much advanced notice as possible. If you show up more than halfway through your scheduled appointment time, you will be considered a no-show, which will count towards your two-missed-appointment-limit for the semester. Once you miss two appointments in a semester, you will only be allowed to have walk-in sessions.

If you find that you are running late, please call the Writing Center at 410-543-6332 to let us know. 

5. Can I drop off my paper and have someone correct it for me without having to stay?

No, the Writing Center is here to engage, encourage, and improve your writing. We will go through the writing process with you so that in the future you can use the skills you obtain here. The staff here will help you with many other things besides proofreading--like brainstorming, creating a thesis, organizing a paper, and much more.

6. Can you help me if I don’t have a finished draft?

Yes, at the Writing Center we are here to help you at any stage of your writing. If you are at the beginning of an assignment and have ideas but nothing written down, we can give you feedback. If you think you have a fairly polished draft, we can also look at your work together. You can receive assistance at any stage in your personal writing process. 

7. What kind of writing can I bring with me to my session?

The staff at the Writing Center is trained to help not only writers of English papers, but also writers working on a wide array of assignments such as lab reports; PowerPoint presentations; longer, research-intensive papers; response papers; lesson plans; personal statements for graduate school and scholarship applications; and much more. We are here to help students in all disciplines. In fact, since the Writing Center opened in 2005, we have helped writers with papers assigned by nearly every department on campus.

8. How do I know that your consultants will be able to help me?

The consultants at our center have been selected for their strong writing skills. They have also been through extensive training, making them familiar with many different types of writing. It is possible to request a certain consultant if they are available during the time you wish to meet. Additionally, if you want to work with a consultant who has a background in a certain subject area, our consultants represent a variety of majors and minors—not just English.

9. Are there any kinds of assignments that the Writing Center consultants won’t be able to help me with?

Writing Centers are designed to offer writers feedback about their written work so that writers may become more intentional about how they express their ideas and choose their words. Since we focus on talking with writers about their language-in-use, we do not offer content-based tutoring. For example, writing consultants cannot assist in the following:

  • Short-answer, grammar-based homework assignments
  • Take-home exams, unless your instructor has given you explicit permission to work with your classmates and/or work with a Writing Center consultant.
  • Reading comprehension instruction
    (Since there is a connection between reading and writing, on occasion, consultants may discuss a short, specific passage to help you summarize, paraphrase, and/or cite your source material more effectively. But if you are having difficulty understanding course material, please speak to your instructor directly.)

10. How can I prepare myself for my visit to the Writing Center?

A hard copy of your work-in-progress is helpful when attending a session (although we do have a few computers and a printer that you may use). It is also useful to bring along a copy of the prompt or the assignment if your professor gave you one. Also, please give some thought to what you would like to focus on during your session. This will give you and your consultant a starting point for your consultation, and it will help the two of you use your time most efficiently. 

11. If I take SU courses at a satellite site, can I work with a writing consultant? If I take SU courses as part of a fully online program, can I work with a writing consultant?

Yes, we offer distance sessions to students at satellite sites and students in online programs who do not come to the Salisbury campus on a regular basis. (Students who have any classes scheduled to meet once a week or more at the Salisbury campus are expected to attend face-to-face sessions in the University Writing Center, found on the second floor of the Guerrieri Academic Commons.)

We offer distance sessions via Zoom, an online web-conferencing tool. To arrange a session, please email us at with a range of the times you would be available, as well as a copy of your paper and your assignment sheet. A receptionist will respond to your appointment request. We ask that you contact us at least two days in advance of your desired appointment.

Whenever the Salisbury campus is closed, the Writing Center will also be closed and will not offer face-to-face or online sessions.

12. Can I come to the Center for help with a group project?

Yes, we can work with you individually or in small groups. For group projects, however, we recommend that all group members attend the writing center session simultaneously. Our sessions are highly interactive--if one group member is designated to bring a paper to the writing center, that group member may not be equipped to answer all of the questions that come up during the writing consultation.

13. What if I have a very long paper, can I make an appointment for an hour-long session?

Yes, if you have a very long paper and you do not think that the 30-minute session will be enough, just mention it when you come in and we will try to make arrangements for a 60-minute session. As a guideline, papers that are more than five pages in length typically require an extended session. If you have a paper over 15 pages in length, you may need to schedule more than one session.

14. What if I have a very long paper or if I am a graduate student—can I come to the center for help?

Graduate students are more than welcome to visit the Writing Center and the undergraduate consultants will be able to work with you. However, we are primarily an undergraduate writing center. 

15. Does the Writing Center regularly communicate session information with faculty members?

Typically, the Writing Center does not send reports to instructors about the work you do during sessions. However, if you would like to give your instructor proof of your Writing Center session, you may request a self-assessment form, which allows you to summarize your session and provides a place for your consultant’s signature. If you would like to grant the Writing Center permission to contact your instructors to coordinate a plan for your writing development, you may contact the Interim Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Elizabeth Curtin, at

16. How can I become a writing consultant?

In the fall semester of each academic year, we recruit new consultants. If you are interested in applying, you can email the Interim Assistant Director, Gayle Metzger, for more information, at

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