Student FAQs

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When should I see a consultant?

You are welcome to see a consultant at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to preparing the final draft for submission. Just remember that it's best to make an appointment early enough in the process that you have time to revise your writing after the session has occurred. You can always make another appointment later. You can get help on any writing project, even those not for a class, such as personal statements, application materials, UROP proposals, research projects, grant proposals, and so on.

Which consultant should I choose?

While all our consultants are trained to help with whatever you are working on, you can check our consultant's page to see if someone specializes in, or is particularly familiar with, the type of writing you are doing. If English is not your first language, you may want to choose one of our ESL experts.

Do I have to make an appointment to work with a writing consultant?

While appointments aren't required, making one will guarantee your time slot with a specific consultant, on a specific day, and at a specific time. If you don't make an appointment, you are welcome to stop by the Writers' Workshop to see if anyone is available to work with you. Drop-in appointments are not guaranteed, however. Please contact us if you need help making an appointment or see our instructions for the appointment system.

How long does an appointment last and how many can I make in a week?

Each appointment is either 30 or 60 minutes long. You will choose the length of your appointment at the time the appointment is made. Due to demand, you will be able to schedule up to two hours per week (four 30-minute appointments or two 60-minute appointments per week). However, you may also try for a drop-in appointment at any time the Workshop is open, but you are limited to two 30-minute sessions or one 60-minute session per day, whether scheduled or drop-in.

Why can't I drop off my paper at the Writers' Workshop for proofreading?

The mission of the Writers' Workshop is to provide support to anyone who seeks to become a better writer—that won't be fulfilled by doing the work for you. However, in addition to discussing revision strategies to address concerns such as organization, coherence, use of evidence, and so on, we're happy to work with you to develop your skills so you are better able to find and correct errors in your own work. The agenda you and the consultant set will determine what to spend time on during your session.

What should I do if I'm going to be late or I can't make my scheduled appointment?

If you know in advance that you will be late or that you cannot keep your appointment, you can cancel online, using the same system you used to make the appointment. If your plans change at the last minute, call the Writers' Workshop at 218-726-8500. Arriving late to your appointment may result in forfeiting the time slot to another writer waiting for a consultant.

Will the Writers' Workshop notify my instructor that I worked with a consultant?

The Writers' Workshop will send you an email summary of your session. You are free to share that email with your instructor if you choose to do so; however, we do not notify your instructor of your visit.