All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to visit us for a consultation, no matter their background or level of expertise. Students can bring in papers from any course in any discipline. We also serve the community, but please be aware that we must give priority to our students.
Our funding comes from the college, so you pay for our services with tuition and lab fees. No additional fees apply. Because of this, we have to limit printing to your original writing (not articles or websites) and writing consultation to a maximum of two sessions per day.
Your scheduled writing consultant will wait for five minutes before considering you a no-show. If another client is waiting, then the consultant will begin working with him or her, and you will need to sign-in as a walk-in when you arrive.
Be careful not to miss too many appointments! If this becomes a problem, you will not be able to schedule any more with us for the remainder of the semester. You are always welcome to drop in, but there may be a wait time, so you definitely do not want to lose this privilege.
A typical help session lasts 30 minutes. We may not be able to read your entire paper, but 30 minutes is usually enough time to answer specific questions, identify any recurring problems, and formulate a plan for addressing these issues. Our goal is not to "fix" your paper but to strengthen your skills as a writer.
If you plan to get help on a particular assignment or writing project, be sure to bring any pertinent information that you have: its description, instructions, grading rubric, etc. If you have already started writing the paper, be ready with a printed copy of what you have so far.
We focus on identifying writing issues, and will not "take over" your paper. If we merely edit, then part of your work is ours. Be prepared to interact with us and then avail yourself of our printed and web resources to hammer out what we show you. If you can conquer one or two things, then we all have succeeded.
If you need to print out some of your writing in order to sit down with a writing consultant and look over it, you can do this for free here. For your other printing needs, however, you should use the open computer lab in the Learning Center or in the Library.
Reading gives writers a better feel for how other people use words and formulate arguments. It can also be a good reminder of how readers engage with and respond to other people's writings. Every paper you write gives more writing experience and strengthens your abilities. Graded essays and feedback from instructors can be a valuable resource to help improve writing skills. In addition to simple practice, you can also improve your skills by checking out our various reference materials: books, handouts, and a web resources page full of links organized by writing issues.
Our writing consultants have varied backgrounds and fields of expertise, but each is qualified to help you improve your skills as a writer. As for what you write, that is up to you. We want to help you communicate your message; we do not want to change it.
The Center for Reading and Writing is not an editing service, but a component of your education. During a writing consultation, consultants point out writing issues and discuss how to resolve them. We help sharpen the tools, but you do the work.
Of course! Several of our consultants can engage in other languages for clarity, but our tutors are primarily qualified to help with writing in English. For ESOL matters, please contact Languages and ESOL Support.
All writers can benefit from reader feedback. In fact, most accomplished and professional writers regularly show their work to others in order to improve it. The Center for Reading and Writing can be a source for any writer's continued improvement.
If your instructor has requested regular attendance records from us, they will know about your visit but no details about what you worked on. If your instructor requests some other kind of "proof" of attendance, you can ask for your paper to be stamped by your consultant.
Please point your class to this website for general information about our services. If you would like to discuss a writing assignment or a plan for coordinated workshops with your class, contact Faculty Director Allison Laubach Wright at Allison.L.Wright@LoneStar.edu. To make an appointment for consultants to visit your class, you can contact Tara Edwards at Tara.L.Edwards@LoneStar.edu or Shannon Jenkins-Berry at Shannon.Jenkins-Berry@LoneStar.edu.
Remember that consultants will work with your students to improve ideas and clarity in a piece of writing, but will not edit or mark documents and cannot ensure a “perfect” final product.