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Our premier service is the face-to-face session with a Responder. The Responder may discuss a variety of higher-order concerns:

  • Interpreting assignment or instructor comments
  • Developing research strategies to find examples and evidence to support claims
  • Analyzing rhetorical appeals (use of emotions, use of logic, and use of credibility)

The Responder may also focus on lower-order concerns:

  • Paragraph structure

  • Introduction and conclusion techniques

  • Sentence structure

  • Citation style and use of sources

  • Word choice and voice

The specific issues you discuss with a Responder will depend on your concerns, your interests, and where you are in the writing process. 

Helpful Tips

Before your appointment, read your paper aloud and think about what you want to cover in the session.

  • For example: Do your transitions work? Is the main point clear in this essay? Are there enough details to make the writing enjoyable for the reader?

Remember to bring a print or electronic version of your text and a copy of the assignment.

  • If you are at the planning stage of your writing, bring a list of questions or possible ideas to discuss.

Bring something to help you take notes. Remember, our sessions are collaborative. The Responder will encourage you to develop your ideas and thoughts, so you will want something to record them.

On the day of your appointment, please arrive at the Writers' Center on time. Check in at the front desk, and the office assistant will tell the Responder that you wish to begin your appointment.


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