A typical session lasts 20 minutes, depending on the project. Consultants will ask for information to help understand the assignment, and what help is needed.
If the writing project is in the pre-draft stage, the consultant will help the student to generate ideas about a topic, consider what stylistic choices to make, and outline and diagram ideas.
As a work progresses, the writing consultant can help to organize concepts, clarify main points, and summarize key thoughts. A consultant may ask questions in order to signal a conflict or note a place where more detail or explanation is needed. Students should receive criticism offered by consultants as constructive and objective. Having a consultant is like having a second set of eyes on your side of the desk.
The Writing Center can help with oral presentations, too. Often, consultants will record a presentation and review it together with the student to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
Weekly Scheduled Conferences
In addition to walk-in conferences, the Writing Center also offers weekly scheduled conferences.
During these conferences, students work with assigned consultants for a specific course throughout the semester. The writing consultants become familiar with course goals, assignments, and the specific needs of the students with whom they work, allowing for sustained and focused consulting throughout the semester.
Students may choose to participate in weekly scheduled conferences, or professors may recommend students for these conferences.
Please contact the Writing Center at 260-982-5048 or e-mail
WritingConsultants@manchester.edu to arrange a conference time.