Professional Writing Counselors provide individual conferences for students working at any stage of the writing process. The Counselors serve as an audience for the students' ideas and the written expression of those ideas. During a conference, typically a half-hour long, the student can work on issues of organization, evidence, argument, style, paragraph development, sentence structure, language bias, or whatever issues the writing task presents. The Writing Counselor helps the student recognize and address the characteristic patterns in her writing that the paper reveals.
The Counselors provide more intensive work on writing issues common to speakers and writers of English as a second language and those with learning disabilities.
In the evenings, Peer Writing Tutors (students) perform a similar service at several campus locations.
Writing counseling appointments should now be made ON-LINE: Register, make an appointment, and upload a draft of your paper here. Half-hour appointments are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may sign up for any open slot. Once you've made an appointment with a Counselor, try to upload a draft of your paper well ahead of time. If the Counselor has your paper in advance, he or she can give it a detailed and thorough reading, but Counselors will work with a paper at any stage, be it a well-crafted draft or a still amorphous jumble of ideas seeking shape. Because the demand for appointments increases as the semester progresses, you should plan ahead and sign up early. If you should have to cancel an appointment, you may do so ON-LINE (see link above). We often have a waiting list of students seeking appointments. Writing counseling is available free of charge to all Smith students and any student currently enrolled in a class at Smith.
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