Understanding Our Policies

Appointment Policies

  • The best way to ensure that a writing consultant will be available to work with you is to make an

    close up of a stack of sheets of paper and books

    appointment using our online reservation system. If you have not made an appointment but would like to see a consultant, you are welcome to stop by the Writers' Workshop or check our online schedule to see if a "drop-in" appointment is available. Either way, make your appointment as far as possible in advance of the day you need your piece of writing completed.

  • You are allowed to schedule two 30-minute appointments or one 60-minute appointment per day. In any one week, you are allowed to make up to four 30-minute appointments or two 60-minute appointments for a total of 120 minutes a week using our online scheduling system. If you need assistance, please email [email protected], call 218-726-8500, or stop by the Writers' Workshop reception desk on the second floor of the library.

  • You may also try for drop-in appointments any time the Writers' Workshop is open, but the limit of one 60-minute or two 30-minute appointments per day stands. Walk-in appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • If you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, you will be counted as a "no show" and may lose your time slot to a drop-in writer. Missing three appointments in a semester without having canceled ahead of time may result in not being able to make appointments online for the rest of the semester. However, you will still be able to try for walk-in slots.

  • If you know you will be unable to keep your appointment, please cancel it as far in advance as possible by following the instructions here. Canceling is a courtesy to other writers. Habitual cancellations may result in permanently being blocked from making appointments online.

Session Policies

  • If you have an in-person appointment, be sure to bring a hard copy of your piece of writing to your session. If you do not have one, you will be asked to print a hard copy using one of the Library's printing stations. The cost to print is five cents a page. The Workshop is unable to print materials for writers who come in for a consultation.

  • While we are happy to help you learn strategies for finding punctuation and grammar errors in your work, Workshop consultants will first focus on making sure that your writing is in its final stage before beginning that editing process. For your benefit, our policy is that writers must always be present while their paper or project is being looked at by a consultant. Sessions are designed to be collaborative and interactive, inviting participation from both the writer and the consultant.

  • If you are working on a course assignment, your grade is between you and your instructor. Consultants cannot predict or discuss your grades.

  • Writers and consultants are expected to treat one another with mutual respect, appreciating differences in ethnicity, race, gender, age, and beliefs. University policies regarding bias, discrimination, and harassment will be enforced. See the UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity for more information.

  • Session summary reports will be emailed to the writer after each session. These reports as well as any other consultation information are considered private and will not be shared with others outside the Workshop. Student writers may choose to share the reports with their instructors, but the Workshop does not provide session summaries to anyone but the writer.

  • Appointments to discuss take-home exams are allowed only with the consent of the instructor giving the exam. The consent must be given in writing on the exam instructions, on a syllabus, or through a separate document.