Do I need an appointment?
Due to high demand, the Writing Center (WC) strongly encourages students to make an appointment online at https://longwoodwritingcenter.acuityscheduling.com/ or by calling the Center during its hours of operation at (434) 395-4861.
Walk-ins are certainly welcome if a tutor is available.
What should I bring?
- The assignment sheet, course syllabus, any other relevant instructions
- Your notes and source materials
- All work you’ve done on the paper up to that point – including earlier drafts if you’ve already made some revisions
- Your laptop and charger (not required, but encouraged)
What does the Writing Center do?
- Assists writers with developing the best work they are capable of producing
- Listens to writers and treat them with respect
- Works with writers at every level, from those who struggle with writing to those who write well but want to get informed feedback on their work
- Helps writers organize their thoughts
- Talks with writers about their goals for writing and about what their readers expect
- Assists writers in planning: selecting and defining a topic, brainstorming, evaluating sources, and so on.
- Helps writers learn to identify strengths and weaknesses in their own writing
- Focuses on writers and their writing skills rather than just on a particular paper
- Encourages writers to think about the processes involved in writing
- Provides writing resources and guidance in their use
- Sends a report of your visit to your instructor
What doesn’t the Writing Center do?
- Proofread a writer’s paper or comb it for grammatical errors
- Estimate a grade for a piece of writing
- Read a paper without the writer present
- “Look over” a paper for the first time just minutes before it is due
- Guarantee a particular grade on a paper
- Help with a take-home exam without written permission from the instructor