About the Writing Center

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All Writing Center appointments are made online now. Click on the green box on the right to make your appointment on WCOnline.

Never visited the Writing Center? Don't know what it's like? Our quick guide gives you all the information you need to make the most out of your visit.

What to Expect

During your 30-minute session with one of our peer consultants, you will discuss what concerns or questions you have about your piece, and set a few specific goals for the session. During the rest of the session, you and the consultant will collaborate to achieve those goals, which may range from strengthening a thesis statement to restructuring the paper's logical sequence to improving the clarity of the paper. Our goal at the Writing Center is to help you become a better writer, and all the work done in the consulting session is informed by this central purpose. Keep in mind, the Writing Center is not a "fix-it shop" where consultants correct your papers and make them perfect. Although we are concerned with the quality of your final piece, we are much more interested in helping you develop skills and habits that lead to more effective writing. Come to the session with specific goals or questions, but expect to be challenged as well—a willingness to learn will go a long way towards making your visit productive.

What to Bring

Bring your assignment prompt and the most recent draft of your work—we'll work with any type of writing, even non-academic projects. Don't worry if you haven't started writing; we'd love to brainstorm or discuss strategies for invention and research. Sessions are more effective when a writer comes prepared with a few specific questions or concerns regarding his or her work, but such questions aren’t necessary for a successful session. We provide pencils, candy, and hot tea and cocoa. 

How to Make an Appointment

Make an appointment by checking into our online signup program, WCOnline. If you have any trouble logging on or making an appointment, send an email to the student manager at nick.house@my.wheaton.edu.

The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Friday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Consulting sessions last 30 minutes. You may not sign up for two consecutive time slots. If you are more than five minutes late to a session, you will be considered a no-show, and your appointment may be given to a walk-in. To meet with a particular consultant, check their times on WCOnline.

We accept walk-in clients; however, clients who have signed up for an appointment take priority. During busy times of the year (especially at the end of the quad or semester) walk-in clients may have to wait some time before a slot frees up. Appointments by sign-up are encouraged during these times.

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