Clarkson University is committed to ensuring our students and graduates develop twenty-first century communication skills. Our Writing Center is an important resource to that end. Our writing consultants assist student clients collaboratively to not only improve their academic, professional, and even personal projects and papers, but our goal is to also ultimately facilitate better writing for all involved.
How do we do that?
- We offer one-on-one peer writing collaboration sessions scheduled in advance (ideally by appointment), or via walk-ins when available. See our Operating Hours, below.
- We offer workshops and custom presentations that target specific genres and forms of writing as well as an array of important topics.
- We are introducing in the 2016-2017 academic year KnightWriters, sessions open to the campus community that focus on using writing as a connection to personal, creative and even emotional topics such as “Place,” “Loss,” “Transitions” and “Love Letters,” among others.
- Our CUwrite portal offers an array of resources, links, content and even instruction to help students improve their writing and ideally develop this critical skill.
Collaboration and Conversation Model
Our approach is built on the model in which writing is viewed as a conversation. When you write, you enter a conversation with yourself, your readers, and the people whose work you reference in your paper (sources). You more than likely also talk about your writing: with professors, other classmates, even parents and friends. Our writing consultants are experts at talking about writing. By listening to your concerns and asking questions, our consultants can help you break through your writing blocks and express yourself clearly.
Come join the conversation!
Operating Hours and Appointments
We are open during the academic year when classes are in session. That means we are closed during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, December Break, Winter Break (February), Spring Break and during the Summer. We are not open during Finals Week for regular hours. We offer special appointments only in advance during Finals.
FALL 2016 Semester
- Monday- Thursday Noon-5 p.m. | Evenings 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
- Friday Noon-3 p.m.
- Sunday 6-9 p.m.
- CLOSED SATURDAY
To schedule an appointment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315.268.4439 and let us know what day/time is ideal for you, and what project you are working on, specifically. Including the course and professor’s name is also helpful, as we may have the assignment on file here. We encourage you to make an appointment, especially during our peak usage times in the semester.
Walk-Ins are allowed; however, during busy times in the semester, we may be fully booked. If you think you have a paper due during Dead Week, and writing isn’t your ideal strength, make your appointment in advance. You can always cancel it. You cannot expect to see a consultant on the last day of Dead Week with no appointment; that is simply not realistic!
*We guarantee a 30 -minute session beginning on each half hour when we are fully booked; no longer than a 50-minute session when time permits.
How to Prepare for a Writing Center Consulting Session
- Please bring a hard-copy (printed) version of the project or paper with your work, as well as access to the specific assignment/prompt assigned.
- The best preparation is to know before you arrive exactly what you hope to get out of your time at the Writing Center. You may have a long document that we will not be able to cover line-by-line. Since we will have limited time together, what are your priorities? Read over your document thoroughly and thoughtfully. What questions do you have? Be prepared to identify your greatest challenges and needs to make the most of your session.
- Although it isn’t always possible, try to proofread your writing so that the consultant knows that any errors remaining are those you might need to discuss in your session. Bringing a rough draft that has not been spell-checked is not the best use of our consultants’ time (or yours), and he or she may request you proofread and spell-check and return in another session before continuing.
- If your paper or project is more than 4-5 pages, please identify those pages or sections on which you want to focus most.
If you would like additional information about Clarkson’s Writing Center, please see our FAQ information for both students and faculty on this portal. If you still have unanswered questions, please contact Courtney Johnson-Woods, Writing Center Director at 268-4439 or email her at email@example.com