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Writers' Workshop--Free Writing Support

Writers' Workshop Official Policies

To run as equitably as possible and to make the most of each session, Writers’ Workshop consultants follow these policies.

Appointment Policies


The best way to ensure that a writing consultant will be available to work with you is to make an appointment using our online reservation system.  If you have not made an appointment but would like to see a consultant, you are welcome to stop by the Writers’ Workshop to see if a “walk-in” appointment is available.  Either way, make your appointment as far as possible in advance of the day you need your piece of writing completed.

  • You are allowed to schedule two 30-minute appointments or one 60-minute appointment per week using our online scheduling system.  If you need assistance, call 218-726-8500, email writwork@d.umn.edu, or stop by the Writers’ Workshop reception desk.
  • You may also try for walk-in appointments any time the Writers’ Workshop is open, but you are limited to one session per day, whether scheduled or walk-in. Walk-in appointments are on a first-come-first-served basis. 
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, you will be counted as a “no show” and may lose your time slot to a walk-in writer. Missing two appointments in a semester without having canceled ahead of time may result in not being able to make appointments online for the rest of the semester.  However, you will still be able to try for walk-in slots.
  • If you know you will be unable to keep your appointment, please cancel it as far in advance as possible by following the instructions on the appointment page.  Canceling is a courtesy to other writers and to the consultants.  Habitual cancellations may result in being blocked from making appointments online. 

Session Policies

  • Be sure to bring a hard copy of your piece of writing to your session.  If you do not have one, you will be asked to print a hard copy using one of the Library’s printing stations.  The cost to print is five cents a page. The Workshop is unable to print materials for writers who come in for a consultation.
  • While we are happy to help you learn strategies for finding punctuation and grammar errors in your work, the Workshop consultants do not spend entire sessions proofreading papers nor do they edit papers left at the Workshop to be picked up at a later time.  Sessions are designed to be collaborative and interactive, inviting participation from both the writer and the consultant.
  • Consultants do not predict or discuss assignment grades.
  • Writers and consultants are expected to treat one another with mutual respect, appreciating differences in ethnicity, race, gender, age, and beliefs. University policies regarding bias, discrimination, and harassment will be enforced.  See http://www.d.umn.edu/umdoeo/ for more information.
  • Session summary reports will be emailed to the writer after each session.  These reports as well as any other consultation information are considered private and will not be shared with others outside the Workshop.  Student writers may choose to share the reports with their instructors, but the Workshop does not provide session summaries to anyone but the writer.
  • Appointments to discuss take-home exams are allowed only with the consent of the instructor giving the exam. The consent must be given in writing, on the exam instructions, on a syllabus, or through a separate document.
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