The Writing Center
How Writing Center sessions work
In-person appointments: Students come in (Briggs 131) and are actively engaged for 30 minutes with a consultant. How to prepare: Bring your assignment sheet and rubric, your draft and any other resources (textbook, handouts, etc.) the consultant might need in order to help you.
Online appointments: Students are actively engaged for 30 minutes with the consultant. The student is able to paste a draft into our online program and the consultant and student will instant message one another about ways to improve the draft. How to prepare: Have a digital copy of your draft and necessary materials (assignment sheet/rubric, textbook, etc.) with you to refer to during the session.
To schedule an in-person or online appointment, visit: The Writing Center Website
For in-person and online appointments, the Writing Center does not provide "drop off" services—all sessions are active engagements between the student and the consultant.
For questions regarding our services, email Writing Center Coordinator Cindy Spires at email@example.com.
What can you do at the Detroit Mercy Writing Center
- Engage in one-to-one sessions with trained peer consultants.
- Work on any stage of the writing process.
- Review your assignments, drafts, instructor feedback and questions.
- Get support if English is not your first language.
Become a Consultant
Thank you for your interest in working at the Detroit Mercy Writing Center. Please read below to find out more about what we do and how you can apply.
What We Do
We work with students on writing at any stage and in any form. We can brainstorm ideas for an assignment on a blank piece of paper, look through a final draft and work on most everything in between. From start to finish, anywhere on the spectrum of student writing, we are here to provide support.
As we consult, we:
- Ask writers lots of questions about what they are trying to achieve.
- Share the ways in which we interpret their writing and give suggestions that may help bridge any gaps in understanding.
- Point out places where something doesn't sound quite right or where conventions are broken.
- Anticipate what readers might expect and let students in on any unspoken rules of academic writing.
- Share resources students may not have known existed.
- Break a sense of isolation that can be a problem for even the best of writers.
The result we hope for is increased confidence on the part of students and more complex ways of thinking about writing on campus.
How to apply
If this sounds up your alley, please print and fill out an application form.
The form can be returned to the Writing Center (Briggs 131) or sent to Cindy Spires at firstname.lastname@example.org. We review applications at the end of the winter term for the next academic year.