HSC Writing Center FAQs

HSC Writing Center FAQs

What is the University Writing Center on the Health Sciences Campus?

What kinds of writing can you work with at the University Writing Center on the Health Sciences Campus?

Where can I find the University Writing Center office at HSC?

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

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 waiting list?

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

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 discipline?

Who will I work with in the University Writing Center at HSC?

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

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

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?

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?

What is the University Writing Center on the Health Sciences Campus?

The University Writing Center works with all members of the UofL community - students, faculty, and staff - to improve their writing. On the Health Sciences Campus we focus specifically on helping students, faculty, and staff with the writing projects for their scholarship and professional development. We provide one-on-one consultations that help individual writers address their concerns about their drafts, and provide strategies for improving writing skills. We will work with writing at any point in the writing process, from organization when you are getting started to thinking about how best to revise a draft. In addition to our consultations, we also offer workshops about writing issues through courses or campus organizations

What kinds of writing can you work with at the University Writing Center on the Health Sciences Campus?

We work with all the kinds of writing that are common at HSC, including research articles, grant proposals, dissertation chapters and proposals, IRB applications, and other professional and scholarly work. We also can help writers with personal statements, job letters, cv, and other genres of writing.

Where can I find the University Writing Center office at HSC?

The University Writing Center office is located K-Wing, Room 2028 (School of Nursing 555 S. Floyd St). Our central location is in the Ekstrom Library on the Belknap Campus on the first floor. Members of the HSC campus are also always welcome to make appointments at our Belknap campus location.

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

We recommend making an appointment to visit the University Writing Center. You may schedule up to three appointments per week. You may also schedule multiple appointments at one time. While we do accept walk-in appointments, if you want to be sure to meet with a consultant, we recommend you make an appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by using our online scheduling system. You can log into the system using your UofL user name and password. Once you’ve logged in, if you want to make an appointment in our HSC location, use the drop-down menu at the top of the schedule page to choose that schedule. When you look at the schedule, the white boxes are available appointments. You may need to click “next week” to see appointment for upcoming dates. You can use the main schedule to make an in-person appointment in our Ekstrom Library location. You can make up to three appointment per week.

You may also make an appointment by calling us at 852-2173. If you want to learn more about how to use our scheduling system watch this video. (Text of Making an Appointment Video)

How long do University Writing Center appointments last?

Our one-on-one consultations last fifty minutes and start at the top of the hour. Virtual Writing Center consultations also last fifty minutes.

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 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.

How do I use the online schedule waiting list?

If you can't find an appointment when you want one because they're all booked, you can use the Waitlist feature on our online scheduling system. On the schedule page, click the white clock icon next to the date and then fill out the form that pops up to put your name on the Waitlist. If an appointment opens, you will receive an email or text message notifying you that there is an opening. Please note that the Waitlist is simply a notification system that lets you know when an appointment is available. It does not automatically make the appointment for you. You will need to log into the system or call the University Writing Center to make the appointment. Appointments are always filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

You do not have to have any writing completed to make use of the University Writing Center. 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.

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 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 a 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.

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.

Can the University Writing Center help me with writing in my 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 and faculty from every department and college at UofL, from both campuses. While not experts on the content of every discipline, our consultants are trained in working with science and technical writing genres and conventions and 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.

Who will I work with in the University Writing Center at HSC?

The HSC Office of the University Writing Center is staffed by our Assistant Director for Graduate Student Writing, a current graduate student in the Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. program who has had specific training working with science writing. The Assistant Director, like all of our consultants, has had had graduate course work in the theory and practice of teaching writing.

The Assistant Director of Graduate Student Writing this year is Caitlin Ray, a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition, who earned her MA in English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her BA (in English and Theatre) at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.She has previously worked as an educational actor, book editor, and reading teacher for PreK to adults students.Her current research interests include disability studies and medical rhetoric, particularly in how people experiencing chronic illness and pain make sense of their experiences through narrative. She also studies social justice, Theatre and Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and the ways that we can increase access to the classroom. Outside of school, she loves reading, listening to podcasts, and watching entirely too much TV.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.