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Writers' Workshop--Free Writing Support

Student FAQs

Have a question about the Workshop? Here’s the place to check for answers to the most frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact the Workshop if you have any additional questions or would like to know more.

When should I see a consultant?

Which consultant should I choose?

Do I have to make an appointment to work with a writing consultant?

How do I make an appointment?

How long does an appointment last?

How many can I make in a week?

What will happen during the consultation?

How can I make the most of my time with the consultant?

Why can’t I drop off my paper at the Writers’ Workshop for proofreading?

What should I do if I’m going to be late or can’t make my scheduled appointment?

Will the Writers’ Workshop notify my instructor that I worked with a consultant?

 

 

When should I see a consultant?

You are welcome to see a consultant at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to preparing the final draft for submission. Just remember that it’s best to make an appointment early enough in the process that you have time to revise your writing after the session has occurred. You can always make another appointment later.

Which consultant should I choose?

While all our consultants are trained to help with whatever you are working on, you can check our Consultants page to see if someone specializes in, or is particularly familiar with, the type of writing you are doing.

Do I have to make an appointment to work with a writing consultant?

While appointments aren’t required, making one will guarantee your time slot with a specific consultant, on a specific day, and at a specific time.  If you don’t make an appointment, you are welcome to stop by the Writers’ Workshop to see if anyone is available to work with you.  Drop-in appointments are not guaranteed, however. 

How long does an appointment last and how many can I make in a week?

Each appointment is either 25 or 50 minutes long.  You will choose the length of your appointment at the time the appointment is made.  Due to demand, you will be able to schedule only two time slots per week (two 25-minute appointments or one 50-minute appointment per week).  However, you may also try for a walk-in appointment at any time the Workshop is open, but you are limited to one session per day, whether scheduled or walk-in.

Why can’t I drop off my paper at the Writers’ Workshop for proofreading?

The mission of the Writers’ Workshop is to provide support to anyone who seeks to become a better writer—we can’t fulfill that mission by doing the work for you.  However, in addition to discussing revision strategies to address concerns such as organization, coherence, use of evidence, and so on, we’re happy to work with you to develop your skills so you are better able to find and correct errors  in your own work. The agenda you and the consultant set will determine what to spend time on during your session.

What should I do if I’m going to be late or can’t make my scheduled appointment?

If you know in advance that you will be late or that you cannot keep your appointment, you can cancel online, using the same system you used to make the appointment.  If your plans change at the last minute, call the Writers’ Workshop at 218-726-8500.

Please be aware that if you are more than 5 minutes late for a 25-minute appointment, or if you are 10 minutes late for a 50-minute appointment, you risk losing your time slot to a writer who is at the Workshop requesting a walk-in appointment.  


Will the Writers’ Workshop notify my instructor that I worked with a consultant?

Instead of notifying your instructor that you had an appointment with a consultant, The Writers’ Workshop will send you an email summary of your visit.  If you choose to share that email with your instructor, you are responsible for doing that.

 

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