Resource Spotlight: Writing & Communication Center

November 19, 2013

Located in 12-132, the Writing & Communication Center provides graduate students with a range of services designed to strengthen and enrich their writing and presentation skills. There, students can enjoy free individual consultations to address any writing difficulty, such as grammar, style, overcoming writer’s block, organizing papers, preparing for essay exams, and more. Students may visit during any compositional stage of a paper or presentation. The Writing Center’s primary goal is to increase clarity in student work, impart proven techniques of good writing, and teach that writing is a process. Students can also participate in individual or group sessions in methods of oral communication (speeches, presentation, use of visual aids, etc.). The Writing Center will also give specialized assistance to students for whom English is a second language.

“Any writing process, even with a great advisor can be isolating,” says Ellan Spero, a  PhD candidate in the History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) program. “I like having a physical appointment, especially since you have to accomplish everything in the one-hour session and not over email. It forces you to check in and be present and accountable to another person and to yourself.

“I think that it is a common misconception that the writing center is about fixing documents, and while that is partially true, it is really about thought process and being active in communicating things that you might overlook in your everyday routine.  It is easy to miss critical pieces when you and your advisor are so close to a topic. Your writing coach can be a really important part of your team.”

For additional information or to make an appointment, visit the Writing Center at their website.

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