Making an appointment at the Writing Center is easy.
Note: The Writing Center will be offering virtual appointments during the Winter 2021 term. Online appointments and eTutoring are both open and available to students. For those of you new to online or eTutoring appointments, read the descriptions below explaining these two types of appointments. If you have any questions, or if online / eTutoring is not accessible to you (limited internet or technology access) please email the Writing Center coordinator.
Sign up through our online scheduling system, WCONLINE.
Once we have your registration on file, you can make all of your appointments online. When you're signed in, select the location you wish to visit from the drop down menu. You'll have the option of our main CASL location, Library second floor, and Fairlane Center North 138. [For Fall 2020, select either eTutoring or online consultations.]
All students should note that they are allowed only one (1) missed appointment per semester. Upon your second (2nd) missed appointment, you will be automatically blocked from making appointments online. You may request your account be reinstated by emailing the Writing Center coordinator.
Online and eTutoring Appointments
Online Appointments (synchronous)
- To make an online appointment, log into WCONLINE. Select the "Online Appointments" schedule in the dropdown menu to see which consultants are available.
- Select an open slot to make an appointment. You will get a pop-up window (check your pop-up blocker if you don't see this). Fill out all fields in the appointment window. You are welcome to attach your paper ahead of time, but it's not required. Then select "Create Appointment." You should receive a confirmation email. The Writing Center recommends scheduling a full hour for your first online session.
- At least 5 minutes before your appointment is scheduled to begin, log into WCONLINE and select your scheduled appointment (if your appointment is at 2:00PM, log in at 1:55PM). In the pop-up window, within the "Meet Online?" box, you will see a link titled "START OR JOIN ONLINE CONSULTATION." Click this link.
- You will be taken to a new window with a digital whiteboard and a chat box. The existing text in the whiteboard tells you how to use the online tutoring module. This text can be deleted, and you may paste your paper into this digital whiteboard. You may then chat with your writing consultant in the chat box and you may both write within the whiteboard.
- If the online tutoring module does not work for you, you may also use the chat box within the online tutoring module to invite your consultant to a shared Google doc.
eTutoring Appointments (asynchronous)
eTutoring appointments allow the writer and consultant to engage via WCONLINE without needing to be present at the same time.
- To make an eTutoring appointment, log into WCONLINE. Select the "eTutoring Consultations" schedule in the dropdown menu to see which consultants are available.
- Select an open slot to make an appointment. You will get a pop-up window (check your pop-up blocker if you don't see this). Fill out all fields in the appointment window.
- You must attach your work along with a detailed description of the assignment and/or prompt when you make your appointment. Please upload files in Microsoft Word format (no PDF files please).
- Include all your questions for the writing consultant in the appointment window.
- Your consultant will return your writing with comments within 24 hours after the scheduled appointment time.
- Note: eTutoring consultants do not proof or line edit your work; they respond qualitatively to your questions and offer advise for revision. Recurring syntactical or grammatical errors may also be identified, time permitting.
Note: If your work requires additional drafting or development time, you may require a minimum of two (2) appointments. If your needs require greater immediacy, consider an online appointment instead.
What to bring to your appointment:
We encourage you to come at any stage in the writing process, so you may not have much to bring with you! See which of the following might pertain to you and your writing project:
- Your writing project, on paper or digitally.
- Prompt or writing assignment.
- Instructor's comments or assessment.
- Goals for your writing and questions you have about the project.