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Welcome Back!

Thank you, John Carroll students and instructors, for making the 2020-2021 Academic Year so successful! We received over 1,900 session requests, and our consultants enjoyed meeting with new students and maintaining working relationships with returning students.

To be mindful of the health and safety of both our consultants and student writers, the Writing Center will offer a limited number of in-person appointments as well as online synchronous and online asynchronous appointments for the Fall Semester 2021. We will open on Monday, September 13th, and our schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

We are excited to be able to welcome students into our physical space on campus and talk through papers face to face. Per university regulations, all students, whether fully vaccinated or not, are required to wear a mask indoors (e.g. the Writing Center). A student who chooses not to wear a mask properly is not allowed to attend in-person (face-to-face) appointments in the Writing Center. 

Types of Appointments

Our sessions will be available in three formats:

  • face-to-face (F2F), which will meet in the Writing Center (OC 207). Because of the Writing Center's space restrictions, we will only be able to accommodate one F2F consultation in the Writing Center at any given time. If there are no F2F appointments available at the time you request, we will switch you to a synchronous appointment. 
  • synchronous (Zoom), which is akin to face-to-face because writer and consultant would meet via Zoom at a scheduled time to read and talk through the writer's paper. We use Google Docs for the session and usually ask the writer to share their screen, to make it easier for them to make changes or notes for their own revision process later.
  • asynchronous, where a writer submits their paper to the Writing Center and a review is assigned to a consultant at a particular day and time, and the consultant adds in comments, corrections, and questions via Google Docs. The writer is not expected to be "available" during the review, but is then unable to ask for follow-up questions or another review without another appointment.

What type of appointment is best for me?

While we know that we cannot force you to choose one format over the other, we do recommend face-to-face and synchronous sessions—especially if you are requesting our assistance at the beginning of your writing process, where you want to brainstorm or try to talk through some confusing parts. We say this because in the world of writing centers, the "talk" is where the true content emerges; through questions, suggestions, and idea-sharing, you and your consultant will work together to refine your content and ensure that your paper is clear. Our goal is always to help you leave a session with a manageable plan for revision.

That said, asynchronous reviews will also provide you with high-quality feedback from a consultant, as well as questions and recommendations to consider as you revise. In addition, asynchronous reviews are more suitable for students who have family or work obligations outside of the classroom, and are unable to commit to a live session on video or audio. 

We will continue to be as flexible as possible when it comes to working with writers this semester. Any writer who may need accommodations is still able to request them using our Google Form. We wish all of you a successful and healthy semester, and we look forward to working with you soon!

Every Writer Needs an Audience

The JCU Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consulting services to all members of the John Carroll community: students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

John Carroll’s Writing Center traces its origins to the early 1990s, and found its home in O’Malley 207 when the building opened in 1994. Informal tutorial sessions during the Center’s beginning years have developed into an enterprise that works five days a week. We continue to prove that we are a vital campus resource by seeing hundreds of students (undergraduate and graduate) with all types of assignments (composition papers, lab reports, research papers, creative writing, and Masters’ essays, to name a few) from all disciplines each semester.

The staff consists of highly-trained graduate and undergraduate students who have completed courses, workshops, and practicum experiences that prepare them for helping writers from every discipline. The consultants help writers of all skill levels and can provide help on any aspect of writing, at every step in the writing process, and on most kinds of texts.

Our Services

Our services are available by appointment, and we ask that you submit your request at least 2-3 hours in advance. We check and respond to emails and Google Forms regularly during our working hours, and occasionally on weekends, so please be patient if you do not receive an email right away.

The Best Way to Schedule an Appointment

We recommend that you fill out our Google Form to submit your appointment request, as that allows us to gather all of the information that we need from you right away. You can also email writingcenter@jcu.edu, but we will most likely ask you to fill out the appointment request form to obtain information from you easily.

Our consultants will be available on Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Be aware that...

The Writing Center follows the university’s schedule with breaks and holidays, as well as with delayed openings or early closures due to weather.

We look forward to working with you!

Staff Information:

Megan Connor, Director 

Mackenzie Clinger, Assistant Director
Katie Laskowski, Social Media Coordinator

Graduate Assistants, English department:

Breann Batten
Marc Chiurco
Domenic Cregan
Demitri Cullen
Sheniah Lanier

Undergraduate consultants:

Sofia Ayres-Aronson
Ellen Brabant
Brett Cloe
Emily Day
Kaley Elliott
Emily Fagan-Zirm
Morgan Garan
Jamie Gatesman
Julia Kashuba
Christian Litwinowicz
Maddie Polcyn
Anna Schramko
Anya Slota
Delaney Szekely
Alexis Torer
Rachael Whitehouse

Schedule an Appointment!

To schedule an appointment, click here to open our Google Form

Contact Information

Email: writingcenter@jcu.edu          Phone: (216) 397-4529

Types of Appointments

Our sessions will be available in three formats:

  • face-to-face (F2F), which will meet in the Writing Center (OC 207). Because of the Writing Center's space restrictions, we will only be able to accommodate one F2F consultation in the Writing Center at any given time. If there are no F2F appointments available at the time you request, we will switch you to a synchronous appointment. 
    • Per University regulations, all students, whether fully vaccinated or not, are required to wear a mask indoors (e.g. the Writing Center). A student who choose not to wear a mask properly will not be allowed to attend F2F appointments in the Writing Center
  • synchronous (Zoom), which is akin to face-to-face because writer and consultant would meet via Zoom at a scheduled time to read and talk through the writer's paper. We use Google Docs for the session and usually ask the writer to share their screen, to make it easier for them to make changes or notes for their own revision process later.
  • asynchronous, where a writer submits their paper to the Writing Center and a review is assigned to a consultant at a particular day and time, and the consultant adds in comments, corrections, and questions via Google Docs. The writer is not expected to be "available" during the review, but is then unable to ask for follow-up questions or another review without another appointment.

 

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Schedule your appointment now!