1. Where is the Salisbury University Writing Center located?
Our office can be found in the Guerrieri University Center (GUC) on the second floor, directly above the Fireside Lounge. We are in Room 206, which is across the hall from the Center for Student Achievement.
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.
Please note: If you know you will be late, please call the Writing Center to let us know. If you are more than five minutes late, your session may be forfeited. We will always work with you to try to schedule a new appointment.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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:
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Can I work on more than one assignment during my session? Can I make multiple appointments for the same day?
We ask writers to focus on one writing assignment per session so that writers and consultants have time to discuss each text thoroughly. Writers may make one Writing Center appointment per day. If you have extenuating circumstances, please email the Writing Center Director, Dr. Nicole Munday, email@example.com.
11. 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.
12. 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 center and the undergraduate consultants will be able to work with you. However, the University Writing Center is primarily an undergraduate writing center.
13. 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 Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Nicole Munday, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. 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 Writing Center to ask about application deadlines (email@example.com). Click here to download the application and the job description.