The UMPI Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for writers at all levels of course work on all types of writing, from first-year composition essays to senior theses, from biology book reviews to personal statements for graduate school applications. Writing consultants are trained to assist students at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming a topic through revising a completed paper. The writing center's mission is to help writers develop skills and strategies that will help them not only with one paper, but with future writing.
How to make an appointment
Visit the Student Support Services desk near the writing center on the first floor of South Hall or call 768-9615. Members of the campus community are also welcome to stop in to use one of our resources on grammar, style, and documentation without making an appointment.
What we do
We provide feedback on drafts at all stages of the writing process: finding a topic, development, organization, revision, and editing. Through talk about writing, and assistance with resources in handbooks and online, friendly, supportive consultants help visitors to the writing center become more effective and more confident writers. Therefore, we do not "fix" or proofread papers. Instead we work collaboratively with each writer in order to address concerns. When those concerns include grammar, usage, and mechanics, consultants assist writers in identifying and correcting errors and improving their proofreading and editing skills.
What to expect
At the beginning of a typical session we will ask you to fill out a form requesting information about the assignment and your main concerns. After you have shared your paper, the consultant will ask you what you would like to work on. Then you and the consultant will decide on the main goals of the conference together. Conferences are scheduled for 50 minutes.
What to bring
- Draft (or your ideas if you would like to come in early in the writing process to brainstorm)
- Research materials
- Any other materials relevant to the project you are working on, such as your text book
- Your questions, even if you do not yet have a draft
Writing center consultants are students from a variety of majors who are not only excellent writers, but who have had specialized course work (ENG/EDU 393 Writing Theory and Practice) and training in tutoring writing.
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