University Writing Center FAQs

Writing center faqs, frequently asked questions writing center

Basic Information

Who can use the University Writing Center?

Where can I find the University Writing Center?

What services do you offer at the University Writing Center?

Appointments

Do I need to make an appointment to visit the University Writing Center?

How do I make an appointment?

How long do University Writing Center appointments last?

What should I do if I’m going to be late or miss my appointment?

How do I use the online schedule Waitlist?

Must I have a draft written to make make a University Writing Center appointment?

How we help students

What happens during a University Writing Center appointment?

How can I best prepare for my University Writing Center appointment?

Can the University Writing Center help me with writing in my major or discipline?

Can I bring writing I do outside of class to the University Writing Center?

What can the Writing Center do to accommodate students with disabilities?

Other information

Who are the consultants working in the University Writing Center?

I'm a distance education student, can I use the University Writing Center?

Does the University Writing Center have other resources available to help students with writing?

How can the University Writing Center support faculty in their teaching and writing?

Can you inform my instructor that I used the University Writing Center?

May I drop a paper off at the University Writing Center to have it edited?

Is there a charge for using the University Writing Center?

Who can use the University Writing Center?

We work with all members of the UofL community - undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff - to improve their writing projects and skills. We provide free, one-on-one consultations, writing resources, in-class workshops, and a comfortable place to write. Our consultants can work with any piece of writing, whether for a specific course or for professional or personal development.

Where can I find the University Writing Center?

For Fall 2020 the University Writing Center will be holding all of its appointments online. You can choose from a "live-chat appointment" which is a live-video chat in which you can talk to a consultant in real time, or you can choose a "written feedback appointment, in which you upload a draft and receive written comments in response. For detailed instructions on how to make your appointment, follow this link.

You may still come by our central location in Ekstrom Library on the Belknap Campus to get information about appointments.  We are on the first floor near the entrance on the quad side. Our location on the Health Sciences Campus will not be in use during Fall 2020, but students from HSC can make online appointments on our schedule.

What services do you offer at the University Writing Center

We offer individual consultations to help you with your writing projects. These consultations can take place in person or online. We will work with your writing at any point in the writing process, from coming up with ideas when you are getting started to thinking about how best to revise a draft. In addition to our consultations, you can find resources on our website to help you with your concerns about writing. We also offer workshops about writing issues through courses or campus organizations

Do I need to make an appointment to visit the University Writing Center?

For Fall 2020 you must must schedule an appointment for the online appointments of the University Writing Center. 

How do I make an appointment?

You can make appointments using our online scheduling system. To access the system click here. Log in to the system using your UofL user name and password. Once you have logged in, choose between a "live chat" or "written feedback" appointment. When you look at the schedule, the white boxes indicate available appointments. You can search by dates for appointments in upcoming weeks. 

You may also make an appointment by stopping by the University Writing Center on the first floor of Ekstrom Library or calling us at 852-2173. If you want more information on how to schedule an appointment, please go to our Appointments page.

You can schedule multiple appointments, but you may only have a maximum of three appointments per week. You may not make back-to-back appointments. 

How long do University Writing Center appointments last?

All consultations last fifty minutes and start at the top of the hour. 

What should I do if I’m going to be late or miss my appointment?

We understand if circumstances mean that you must cancel an appointment. In such a situation, please call us (502-852-2173) and let us know so that we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you are going to be late to an appointment, please call us and let us know. Please note, if you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment and we have not heard from you, we may offer your appointment time to someone who is waiting to meet with a consultant. If you miss five appointments during a semester, you will not be able to make further appointments without talking with the director or associate director. 

How do I use the online schedule Waitlist?

If you can't find an appointment when you want one because they're all booked, you can use the "waiting list" feature on our online scheduling system. On the schedule page, select the "WAITING LIST" link that is located under the day you are trying to make an appointment and fill out the form that pops up. Once you are on the list, if an appointment opens up, you will receive an email or text message notifying you that there is an opening. Please note that the waiting list is only a notification system to let you know that an appointment is available. You will still need to log into the scheduling system or call the University Writing Center to make an appointment. Appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to use the Waitlist, watch our video.

Must I have a draft written to make make a University Writing Center appointment?

You do not have to have any writing completed to make use of the University Writing Center for a live-chat appointment. Many people make appointments at the beginning of a writing project for help getting started. Our consultants can help you with brainstorming and organizing ideas and give you a great start to your writing. You do need at least a partial draft for a written feedback appointment. 

What happens during a University Writing Center appointment?

At the University Writing Center, our goal is to help you improve your current writing project as well as offer advice that will help you improve your overall writing abilities. We don’t edit papers for you, but we do work with you to improve your writing skills. In a typical in-person or live video chat session, a consultant will begin by asking you about your project and any concerns you may have about the writing. If you are just starting an assignment or project, the consultant will help you develop ideas and think about organization. If you have a draft already, you and the consultant will read through the draft together. Typically we read the draft aloud, which helps you as a writer get a sense of the organization of both the draft and individual sentences. During the session, your consultant will continue to ask questions to help clarify what you are trying to accomplish in the draft and to indicate where the draft might need revision. Your consultant may also make suggestions about possible revisions but allow you to decide whether to make the changes in your draft. Near the end of a session, your consultant will take time to review with you what the two of you have covered during the session and make plans for how you will revise the draft after you leave the Writing Center. To learn how written feedback appointments work, go here

How can I best prepare for my University Writing Center appointment?

We can help you most effectively during your University Writing Center session when we can address your concerns. If, before your appointment, you can make a list of some of the concerns about and goals for your writing project, that will help us respond to those concerns more effectively. Also, if you are wanting help with a course assignment, bring the prompt for the assignment and any other information or materials that are connected to it. If you have written a draft, please bring that as well. Please note that we are happy to print your draft for free when you come to the Writing Center. It is also fine to work from a digital file on your computer or flash drive if you prefer. To learn how to prepare for a written feedback appointment, go here

Can the University Writing Center help me with writing in my major or discipline?

University Writing Center consultants can work with any piece of writing, whether for a specific course or for professional or personal development. We work with students from every department and college at UofL, from both campuses. While not experts on the content of every discipline, our consultants are able to help writers from across the University with issues of organization, audience, form, and usage and style. Our consultants also offer suggestions to help with writing process issues such as getting started and approaching revision. We also welcome

Can I bring writing I do outside of class to the University Writing Center?

Absolutely. We can work with you on any kind of writing. We can help you with job letters, resumes, personal statements, book projects, grant proposals, even love poems. If you are working on writing and a member of the UofL community, we can help you. Who are the consultants working in the University Writing Center?

What can the Writing Center do to accommodate writers who have disabilities?

The University Writing Center is committed to accessibility as both a policy and a disposition. Many of the strategies we already use can be conducive to writers with disabilities, such as working with writers to understand assignment guidelines and instructor feedback and helping writers brainstorm. In addition, we are pleased to make additional accommodations for any writer who requests them. For more information about accessibility in the Writing Center and how to let us know about accommodations that would help you, visit our Accessibility and Accommodations page.

Who are the consultants working in the University Writing Center?

Our consultants are graduate students from the UofL English Department. They have all had graduate course work in the theory and practice of teaching writing.

How can the University Writing Center support faculty in their teaching and writing?

I’m a distance education student, can I use the University Writing Center?

Absolutely. The Virtual Writing Center prioritizes distance education students. If you are unable to attend a face-to-face writing consultation, the Virtual Writing Center allows you to receive feedback from one of our consultants. For more information about how we work with Distance Education students you can visit this page on our website. Through the Virtual Writing Center, you can choose whether you would like to submit your draft and receive written feedback or meet with a consultant in a live video chat. We respond to written feedback submissions within 24 hours of the appointment. The Virtual Writing Center is closed any time that the University of Louisville is closed, including semester breaks and holidays.

Does the University Writing Center have other resources available to help students with writing?

Yes. On our website you will also find handouts and videos about common student writing issues, advice about common writing questions and concerns, as well as links to other sites about writing. In the University Writing Center itself, we have copies of handouts and reference books. UofL writers are also welcome to use our computers and space to work on writing projects.

How can the University Writing Center support faculty in their teaching and writing?

The University Writing Center provides resources for faculty for their writing and for developing the writing skills of their students. Consultants at the Writing Center often work with faculty to develop and revise drafts of articles, grant applications, and other other documents. The Writing Center also offers faculty consultations about teaching writing as well as handouts and videos about common student writing issues.

Faculty can also request a visit to a class from a member of Writing Center staff who will give a brief presentation about the services offered by the Writing Center.

Can you inform my instructor that I used the University Writing Center?

Yes. If you want us to inform your instructor about your University Writing Center appointment, please let your consultant know during your appointment. We will send a copy of the appointment notes from your session to your instructor. We will only share information about a University Writing Center appointment with your instructor if you request that we do so.

May I drop a paper off at the University Writing Center to have it edited?

No, we are not an editing service. We are, however, happy to work with you on strategies for revising and editing your draft. Our approach is to work with you to improve your draft and your overall writing skills. See below for a description of what happens during a typical appointment.

Is there a charge for using the University Writing Center?

No, we are free to everyone in the UofL community.