Frequently asked questions
How can I get the most out of my conference?
- Make an appointment early in the writing process. You might come in before you’ve written anything or when you are in the early stages of drafting. Remember that writing is a process and takes time, and you should use the CWC while keeping that in mind.
- Bring in two copies of your draft (if you have a draft).
- Bring your assignment description.
- Come with your own questions and ideas for the direction of the conference.
- Be prepared to engage in a conversation about your writing and/or writing process, listen to another writer’s suggestions about your draft, think through questions the writing assistant asks you, and pose your own questions in return.
- Give yourself plenty of time to draft or revise after the conference.
How do I make an appointment?
You can access our online scheduling system through our homepage: http://www.unh.edu/writing/cwc/. When you click the “Make an Appointment!” button, follow the prompts in the system to schedule an appointment.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (603) 862-3272.
When should I make an appointment?
Because writing is a process, we recommend making an appointment as soon as you have an assignment or early on in your writing process. You might choose to make an appointment to better understand your assignment or brainstorm before you begin drafting. You might choose to make an appointment early on in the drafting process and bring in a really rough draft.
Again, because writing is a process that takes time, we advise against making an appointment immediately before the assignment’s due date and time.
How do I cancel or reschedule an appointment?
As soon as you know that you won’t be able to make an appointment, please log in to WC Online and cancel or reschedule your appointment. Doing so is especially important during times of high demand for our services, so please make sure that appointment slot is free for another writer if you won’t be able or don’t wish to attend an appointment.
Please note: the CWC does not see lacking a draft as a reason to cancel an appointment. We can help writers overcome writer’s block, brainstorm, organize, generate new ideas, or refine a rough draft. You can come in even if you didn’t get as much (or anything) done on your assignment as you would have liked.
I haven't started my paper. Can you still help me?
Absolutely! We can help you at any stage in the writing process. Students often find that brainstorming sessions with writing assistants are very helpful. We can also help you understand your assignment, create a plan for your drafting process, and help you write an outline for a first draft.
Can I either drop my paper off or email it and have it looked over by the Writing Center? Can’t you just do a quick check and tell me what to fix?
No. We are not an editing or proofreading service. We invite students into a collaborative relationship that is facilitated through direct participation on the writer’s part. Your participation is vital and necessary.
If you’d like a conference but are unable to make it to campus, check out our Online Writing Lab. While the Online Writing Lab (OWL) does work remotely, the OWL provides very similar feedback to that of the writing center. Much like the writing center, the OWL is not an editing or proofreading service.
I really need help with my grammar. Can I come to you for that?
We can help students with grammatical issues, but we are not editors. The CWC is always focused on learning. We help students learn self-editing techniques, point out patterns of reoccurring grammatical issues, and provide grammar resources. We do not, however, “fix” a writer’s grammar for him/her—writers don’t learn to self-edit when someone edits for them.
The CWC has many grammar resources, including a large collection of grammar-related handouts both in the Center and on our handouts page. We also have a library of writing texts in the Center.