The Writing Center will operate in an online-only format for Fall Semester 2020. We will open on Monday, September 14th, 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. (we've extended our hours to meet increased demand!)
Although we wish that we could welcome students into our physical space on campus and talk through papers face to face, social distancing guidelines prevent us from safely sharing our table and engaging in focused conversations. We also know that both students and consultants will be living and learning in a variety of spaces, both on- and off-campus, so an online format will allow us to meet the needs of every writer equally.
Our sessions will be available in two formats:
- synchronous, 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.
While we know that we cannot force you to choose one format over the other, we do recommend 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 six 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 are available by appointment only during the online period, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, but we will most likely as you to fill out a 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.
Please note: 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!
Chris O'Hara, Co-Assistant Director
Kennedy Westfall, Co-Assistant Director
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