LIBRARY

WRITING CENTER

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one for writing projects for students, faculty, and alumni of the college.  We cover research techniques, library use, and all aspects of writing for academic assignments and professional development.  Be advised – we will not write it for you but we are here to help you in any way we can.

The center is located in Room 605 in the film hall.

Hours:
Monday:  11am to 2pm
Tuesday: By appointment Only
Wednesday:  Closed
Thursday: 4pm to 6pm
Friday: 11am to 2pm

Email:  writingcenter@watkins.edu

 

 

 

 

Scheduling an appointment

1. Contact us at writingcenter@watkins.edu, and include:

  • The work/assignment you need help with, either in the body of the email or attached as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file
  • A brief explanation of the assignment and any areas in which you’re specifically looking for guidance
  • Days (M-F) on which you are able to schedule your appointment.

We’ll send you a confirmation email letting you know that your work has been received, and follow up in a second email with the scheduled appointment time.

2. Please respond to the email to confirm your appointment.

Walk-ins: Walk in appointments are accepted during open hours (see “about”) but  scheduled appointments are recommended! We need time to look over your assignment and prepare accordingly.

 

How to get the most out of your appointment

  • Schedule your appointment at least 2 to 3 days before your due date to give us time to set up the appointment and read your work. For big assignments, we strongly recommend that you visit two weeks before your due date because you may need more than one session to polish your work. Follow-up appointments are highly recommended for these assignments.
  • Send your work to us ahead of time so that we do not have to review it on the spot.
  • Bring your assignment guidelines with you so that we can review them together.
  • Bring a copy of your work-in -progress.
  • Be on-time.

Remember, the more prepared you are, the more we can accomplish.

 

What to expect at your appointment

  1. We’ll start by talking about what your specific needs are, and set an agenda for your session.
  2. We’ll review your work with you, and you will actively participate in diagnosing problems and fixing them.
  3. We may ask you to write, edit, brainstorm, research, or complete online tutorials targeting specific writing concerns.
  4. The appointment will last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Some helpful resources to check out

 

MLA citing and formatting assistance

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

To improve your writing, grammar, and punctuation

Purdue University General Writing Resources

 

 

 

 

We at the Writing Center really want to provide the Watkins community with useful and easy-to-access tools to improve the literacy of our students. Although the Writing Center is still in some ways a fledgling project, below are some of the resources we offer.

Researching, Outlining, and Editing Papers

As we have hopefully made clear, the Writing Center is available to students for help at all stages of the paper-writing process. Offering appointments 30-60 minutes in length, we will assist students in choosing a thesis, research strategies, paper outlining, as well as editing and citation help. Please feel free to contact us if you would like us to stop by your class for an introduction, or if you have a particular student to refer to us.

Exercises for Increasing Grammatical Literacy

With the wide accessibility of the internet, there are virtually unlimited resources for practicing grammar rules and improving written English. If you have a student who has difficulty writing, or an ESL student seeking practice, contact us to arrange a 30-minute grammar session. Note: we may ask for information about the student’s particular areas of difficulty in order to prepare appropriate exercises.

Conversation Sessions

As the international student population increases, Watkins will be joining prestigious state institutions in offering Conversation Sessions to English as a Second Language speakers. Generally only 30 minutes in length, we offer these sessions to give international students another opportunity to practice conversational English.

Responding to Other Needs

Here at the Writing Center we also want to make ourselves available to needs we haven’t identified. Professors and Staff members are encouraged to contact us  with any needs, concerns, or suggestions. …Especially suggestions!

We’re here to help, but help us help you!

Please do: Visit our review page to take our Writing Center Survey or to leave comments and suggestions.

Please don’t: Send your entire class over at once.  Contact us to arrange a classroom visit, or encourage your students to email us for an appointment at writingcenter@watkins.edu.

We only ask that you provide us with time and information about your students needs.

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